Updated: 9/4/2013 12:06 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION
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CINCINNATI– Central State Alum, Paul C. Lucas will be the Banquet Speaker for the 85th Annual National Technical Association (NTA) National Conference, September 18th through 20th at the university. In his 15 years with the Department of Energy, Mr. Lucas’ most challenging position was overseeing the environmental cleanup and closeout of the waste site known as the Mound.
85th Annual National Technical Association (NTA) National Conference, September 18th through 20th at the university. In his 15 years with the Department of Energy, Mr. Lucas’ most challenging position was overseeing the environmental cleanup and closeout of the waste site known as the Mound.
About Paul C. Lucas
In May 2008, Mr. Lucas was appointed Deputy Federal Project Director for the Mound OU-1 Project in Miamisburg, OH. In this position, Mr. Lucas is responsible for leadership, management, oversight and closeout of the former Mound Plant and the OU-1 Project with a contract value of over $70 million. Mr. Lucas also serves as the DOE representative on the Mound Core Team along with representatives from the U.S. and Ohio EPA. The Core Team is tasked with evaluating each site environmental issue and recommending the appropriate response. Mr. Lucas also serves as the DOE Contracting Officer’s Representative for the Ohio EPA cost recovery grant.
The conference will be held in the Center of Education & Natural Sciences. It is sponsored by the NTA-Cincinnati Chapter, the College of Science & Engineering (CSE)-CentralState and the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS)-University of Cincinnati. The theme for the 2013 conference is “NTA Moving STEM Forward.”
Before joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Lucas worked as an electronic technician from 1982 to 1987 with Allied Bendix and Atlantic Research Corporation. Mr. Lucas later served 4 year and 9 months in the U.S. Air Force working as an electronic technician and was honorable discharged from military service in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology from CentralStateUniversity and an associate degree in Electronic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He and his wife Lisa Lucas have two children.
The conference’s Keynote Speaker
This year’s Keynote Speaker is the honorable Dot Harris, director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy. She leads DOE’s efforts to ensure minorities and historically underrepresented communities are afforded an opportunity to participate fully in our energy programs. Among the conference’s special sessions are tours of the CSU STEM labs, information fair, etc. The Youth Symposium on Friday includes robotic demonstrations, student presentations, etc. Funding for the Youth Symposium is sponsored by the National Science Foundation grant, DUE-1344014. The conference ends Friday night with the Awards Banquet, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding minority educators, engineers and scientists.
About the National Technical Assocation
The National Technical Association (NTA) is the oldest African American technical organization in the United States. Since 1925, NTA has developed a remarkable legacy in the areas of education, research, engineering, science and technology for minorities, women, and youth pursuing technical careers. The National Technical Association was created to encourage and inspire women, minorities and youth to enter and excel in the fields of math, science and technology. It encouraged professional development through conferences, scientific journals and/or competitions. In its over 88 year history, NTA has garnered a diverse membership, crossing all disciplines in science, math, technology, etc., from educators, scientists, medical doctors, astronauts, to award winning inventors.
Conference participants are invited to take a tour of the beautiful campus of CSU, where the NationalAfro-AmericanMuseum & CulturalCenter is housed. CSU is also close to the largest continental air force base, Wright-Patterson.
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