ARMONK, N.Y.-To address the extreme shortage of qualified Native American scientists and engineers, IBM announced recently a major technology grant valued at approximately $90,000, to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
"At IBM we are dedicated to advancing technological education opportunities for Native American students and building an appropriate pipeline for Native American engineers," said Ron Glover, IBM's Human Resources vice President of Global Workforce Diversity. "We are confident that the integration of our technology into the day-to-day AISES operational process will result in a substantial and measurable increase in their outreach capabilities."
The technology will be used to establish an internal network, connecting the entirety of AISES' database, file servers, and the staff, which in turn will allow the organization to better serve the community at large. It will also allow AISES to deliver innovation to its constituents and achieve a competitive advantage to assure academic excellence and professional advancement in support of technical American Indian and Alaska Natives. It is a demonstrable example of IBM's ongoing corporate social responsibility activities focused on creating innovative technology solutions to address key societal issues in the education and not-for-profit sectors.
Pamala Silas, the executive director of AISES said, "IBM has been an invaluable and longstanding supporter of AISES over the years. Our partnership is a very strong one, and the donation of this technology lifts AISES into the next level of on demand responsiveness and efficiency."
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