February 29, 2008

Ms. Karrie Trauth, Site Director of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s Gulfport Operations, along with LSU alumna Ms. Jessica Stevenson, Associate Industrial Engineer for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s Gulfport Operations, visited the LSU College of Engineering on February 29, 2008.  Ms. Trauth and Ms. Stevenson met with the College’s Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Dr. Kelly Rusch, along with Office for Diversity staff members Julie Harris and Jessica Kemp, to discuss the state of diversity at their respective institutions.  Ms. Trauth and Ms. Stevenson also met with undergraduate women majoring in various engineering disciplines to discuss strategies for successful transition from school to work, issues relevant to women engineers working in industry, and career prospects at Northrop Grumman.  

On behalf of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast, Ms. Trauth presented a $2500 check to the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) at LSU.  Northrop Grumman’s philanthropic gift will support the MEP’s mission to increase diversity in the College of Engineering by intensifying recruitment efforts and improving retention rates for minority students. 

Article by Jessica McKelvie-Kemp, for the College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu

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