State Officials Recognize AT&T and Oakland University

State Officials Recognize AT&T and Oakland University
From left to right: David Tindall, Dean Jon Margerum-Leys, Lori Doughty, Senator Marty Knollenberg, Representative Michael Webber, Dennis Wade, Robert Van Til, Bill Edwards
From left to right: David Tindall, Oakland University; Dean Jon Margerum-Leys, Oakland University; Lori Doughty, AT&T; Senator Marty Knollenberg, State of Michigan; Representative Michael Webber, State of Michigan; Dennis Wade, Pawley Lean Institute; Robert Van Til, Oakland University; Bill Edwards, Oakland University

AT&T presented a $10,000 contribution to Oakland University on Friday, December 1 in support of the University’s Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISE) workshop – an outreach program offered by the ISE department and the Pawley Lean Institute at Oakland University designed to introduce ISE as a field of study to high school students from both a college and career perspective.

This is the second contribution from AT&T to the program. The first contribution, also for $10,000 was provided in December 2015. 

Local lawmakers and state officials applaud the program, which provides a wonderful opportunity to expose young students to exciting fields of growing importance. “In today’s highly competitive global economy, it’s critical that we stay diligent in our efforts to encourage our youth to pursue STEM education and careers,” said State Senator Marty Knollenberg. “Oakland University’s ISE workshops do a fantastic job of introducing students from the area to these areas of study that are becoming increasingly important.” 

The program consists of 3 visits from high school classes to the ISE department as a partnership with the Pawley Lean Institute. The workshop is targeted at local high school students from Oakland and Macomb County. 

“I want to thank AT&T for supporting such a worthy endeavor,” said State Representative Michael Webber. “The Oakland University ISE workshop does an amazing job of providing our area students with hands-on exposure to the real-world application of science and technology, and that’s critical experience for these students in today’s world.” 

“We are proud to support any effort exposing our young students to the opportunities available to students considering the study of industrial systems and engineering or any other STEM-related fields for that matter.” concluded AT&T president Jim Murray. “Oakland University’s ISE workshops do amazing job of providing students with that exposure and I’m happy we can help support that effort.”