The UAB School of Engineering received a gift of $100,000 from the global engineering, construction and services company KBR for its Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM) Master of Engineering program. The ASEM program â€” ranked as one of the best online masterâ€™s programs by U.S. News & World Report â€” is the only master of engineering degree with a safety emphasis offered wholly online. In May 2012, the program graduated 16 students in its inaugural class, including one who lives and works in Nigeria, and now has 103 students enrolled. The KBR funds will be used to expand the program's international student enrollment and deliver best practices for safety around the world.
â€śThis leadership gift from KBR is transformational,â€ť said Martha Bidez, Ph.D., founder and director of the ASEM program. â€śThis generous gift will help leverage philanthropic opportunities with other companies and will keep our program on the cutting edge of world-class education. We deeply appreciate receiving this gift.â€ť
KBR, headquartered in Houston, has locations in the United States, Australia, Africa, the United Kingdom, Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. The company employs 27,000 people, and focuses on the importance of and the relationship between safety, education and worldwide connectivity. The donation will be spread over five years.