Todd A. Nelson, Bechtel National Inc., Waste Treatment Plant Communications
RICHLAND, Wash.–Bechtel National Inc. provided a $250,000 gift today to the Washington State STEM Education Foundation for the Delta High School capital campaign.
“STEM education in the Tri-Cities wouldn’t be possible without the community working together to make it happen,” said Tom Yount, president of the Washington State STEM Education Foundation. “Bechtel’s gift is an example of this community partnership to build a better future for STEM education in the Tri-Cities.”
The gift will be used to support design activities for the new STEM high school in the Tri-Cities that is being funded through a public-private partnership.
“This gift today aligns perfectly with Bechtel’s commitment to promote science, technology, engineering and math initiatives across the nation,” said Frank Russo, Bechtel project director for the Waste Treatment Plant project.
WTP employees exemplify the corporate commitment by donating hundreds of volunteer hours each year to STEM-related events.
“Not only is this effort important to Bechtel, it also is important to our employees,” Russo said. “They have served as mentors, tutors, guest speakers, provided hands-on learning activities, led student STEM conference sessions, served as judges in local science fairs and resources for local teachers. This is as much their gift as it is ours.”
A global leader in the engineering and construction industry, Bechtel is committed to helping develop the next generation of engineers. The company provides scholarships and financial contributions to organizations that foster science, technology, engineering and math learning and supports employee volunteer initiatives related to STEM, engineering and construction.
Bechtel National Inc. is designing and building the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. The Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, also known as the Vit Plant, will immobilize the radioactive liquid waste stored in 177 underground tanks using a process called vitrification.