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Fluor, SRNS invest $1.5 million in USC CoEE

Representatives of Fluor Corporation and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions announced a $1.5 million gift Monday (Feb. 28) to the University of South Carolina for the Center of Economic Excellence for the Hydrogen Economy.

USC President Harris Pastides, Fluor CEO and USC alumnus David Seaton and SRNS President and CEO Garry Flowers said the center will be the cornerstone of a comprehensive university-industry partnership among USC, Fluor and SRNS to advance the science, technology and commercialization of clean, secure, renewable energy and its infrastructure.

“Current global events are a stark reminder of the critical need for energy independence,” Pastides said. “However, that can only be achieved by bringing together the best and the brightest minds in industry and research through public-private partnerships. This gift today, along with state lottery funds through the Centers of Economic Excellence program, will help achieve this critical national objective.”

Seaton said the gift would help pair private sector and academic researchers to uncover innovative ways of bringing jobs to South Carolina.

“During our nearly 100-year history, Fluor has worked diligently through our philanthropic efforts to make differences in the communities where our employees live and work,” Seaton said. “I am pleased to be able to make this gift to the university that will enable the private sector and academic researchers to team together and uncover new and innovative ways of bringing the next generation of energy jobs to South Carolina and the region."

The funds will enable USC to recruit two world-class scientists for a Discovery Chair in USC’s College of Engineering and Computing and an Innovation Chair in the Darla Moore School of Business.

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