CORRECTING and REPLACING CAPTION National Society of Black Engineers and ExxonMobil Honor Collegiate Minority-Retention Programs

  CORRECTING and REPLACING CAPTION National Society of Black Engineers and
  ExxonMobil Honor Collegiate Minority-Retention Programs in Engineering

   Northwestern University, The Ohio State University and the University of
                      Michigan receive 2013 Impact Award

CORRECTION...by NSBE

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- April 18, 2013

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The National Society of Black Engineers and ExxonMobil honored three
universities with the 2013 Impa ...

The National Society of Black Engineers and ExxonMobil honored three
universities with the 2013 Impact Award for their efforts in retaining
underrepresented minority students in engineering programs. Pictured left to
right are: Kenny Warren, ExxonMobil; Dr. Minnie McGee, The Ohio State
University; Antoine Baines, University of Michigan; Congresswoman Marcia
Fudge, US House of Representatives - Ohio; Andy Nwaelele, Northwestern
University; and Calvin Young, National Society of Black Engineers. (Photo:
Business Wire)

The release reads:

     NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS AND EXXONMOBIL HONOR COLLEGIATE
                  MINORITY-RETENTION PROGRAMS IN ENGINEERING

   Northwestern University, The Ohio State University and the University of
                      Michigan receive 2013 Impact Award

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and ExxonMobil recently honored
three universities with the 2013 Impact Award for their efforts in retaining
underrepresented minority students in engineering programs.

Northwestern University, The Ohio State University and the University of
Michigan were each awarded $10,000 from ExxonMobil and NSBE during an event
held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. on April 17.
Calvin A. Young, NSBE’s national chair, and Kenny Warren, vice president of
engineering, ExxonMobil, presented the awards.

“NSBE salutes these outstanding academic institutions for their success in
keeping black, Latino and other underrepresented minority students in
engineering,” Dr. Carl Mack, executive director of NSBE, said. “There is an
urgent need for more skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and
math fields; the United States cannot afford to continue losing two-thirds of
these students to other majors, as it is doing now. These universities are
among the few that not only understand the urgency of solving the retention
problem in engineering, but are also creative and determined in coming up with
solutions.”

ExxonMobil and the NSBE established the Impact Award in 2011 to honor and
recognize collegiate efforts to attract and retain minority students in
engineering disciplines. Each program is recognized for its ability to be
easily replicated at other universities nationwide through NSBE.

“ExxonMobil and NSBE recognize the outstanding efforts of these universities
in identifying, mentoring, retaining and graduating the next generation of
talented engineers,” said Suzanne McCarron, general manager, public and
government affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation. “The need to encourage minority
students in engineering disciplines is critical if U.S. employers hope to keep
up with workforce demands.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. population is 16.3 percent
Latino and 12.6 percent African American, but the two groups only represent
6.2 and 5 percent respectively of the engineering workforce.

The Impact Award recipients were selected for their demonstrated,
results-based progress in retaining underrepresented minority students in
engineering-related programs.

Northwestern University’s EXCEL program fosters a cultural community of
support while reinforcing excellence in academics. Elements include
study-skills development, mentoring, peer-to-peer engagement and exposure to a
variety of engineering disciplines.

At The Ohio State University, PREFACE, the Pre-Freshman and Cooperative
Education program, offers a successful summer-enrichment and
engineering-exposure experience designed to help entering freshmen transition
smoothly from high school to the university’s engineering school.

The University of Michigan developed the Michigan STEM Academy in its college
of engineering to identify and support talented, diverse students interested
in engineering fields. Through this academy, students have access to a
summer-transition program, collaborative learning experiences, advising and
academic coaching, study groups, research opportunities and mentoring.

ExxonMobil’s partnership with NSBE dates back to 1989 and includes nearly $1
million in support of the organization’s mission.

Past Impact Award recipients include Michigan State University, Purdue
University, Virginia Tech, the University of Houston, the University of
Maryland – College Park and the University of Texas at Austin. In 2012, the
efforts of North Carolina A&T State University were recognized with an
honorable-mention designation.

About NSBE

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with close to 29,000 members,
is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded
in 1975, NSBE is comprised of nearly 400 college, pre-college, and
technical-professional/alumni chapters in the United States and abroad. NSBE’s
mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers
who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the
community.

About Exxon Mobil Corporation

ExxonMobil is the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company
and operates in most of the world’s countries, using technology and innovation
to help meet growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading
inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum
products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world.

ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance
education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has
significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives
to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.
Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote
women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other
infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2012, together with its
employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and
affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in
contributions worldwide, of which $116 million was dedicated to education.
Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and
contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.

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Contact:

for National Society of Black Engineers
Pamela Sharif, 703-549-2207, x205
or
Kim Quirk, 214-373-1601
 
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