Chevron donates monitoring equipment to Southeastern
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Shown with some of the safety monitoring equipment donated by Chevron Gulf of Mexico Strategic Business Unit to Southeastern Louisiana University are, from left, students Roland Mcfarlane and Gregory Culberson; Cris Koutsougeras, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology; Lawrence Mauerman, Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment program coordinator; and faculty members Ephraim Massawe and Lu Yuan.
HAMMOND – Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Strategic Business Unit has donated a wide variety of safety and health monitoring equipment to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment program.
The equipment, which includes noise dosimeters, sound level meters, gas and vapor detection units, and other measuring and monitoring instruments, will be used to provide hands-on training for students in the university’s OSH&E program.
Valued at more than $32,000, the used equipment is in excellent working condition and is comparable to the standard type of monitoring equipment used in the field, said Dean Aguilar, a member of the Chevron Business Unit who presented the donation to Southeastern.
“Chevron was replacing its equipment and we wanted to place the used instruments with a local university,” said Aguilar, a graduate of Southeastern’s program. “We are very well aware of the value of health, environment and safety professionals and what they mean to our energy corridor.”
Cris Koutsougeras, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, thanked Chevron for the donation, noting it will be well used by the nearly 70 students enrolled in Southeastern’s four-year degree program.
He added that the Southeastern program will be undergoing a site review in the fall by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET), the recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.
“Equipment like this demonstrates to the reviewers that Southeastern students are getting access to the same type of equipment that is used in the field by professionals,” he said.