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Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc. (known as SEA) Inspires New R&D Vision
Formation of National Science and Engineering Alliance (NSEA)

 

The Revelancy of the New NSEA

 

Over 85 years ago the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt echoed these words from the steps of the U.S. Capitol:

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 2nd Inaugural Address, One Third of a Nation, January 20, 1937

In 1990, 53 years after the One Third of a Nation declaration address, three 1890 Land Grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and one urban HBCU formed the Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA).  The four HBCU institutions were: (1) Alabama A&M University (Normal, AL); (2) Jackson State University (Jackson, MS); (3) Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX); and (4) Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA).

 

The Alliance mission was to join others in making President Roosevelt's vision a reality of increasing the U.S. technical manpower pool by targeting more minorities toward science and engineering.

Known as SEA, "A Unique Resource for the Nation®," the combined student population of the SEA institutions for the 1991/92 academic year was 32,500, with the institutions collectively graduating that year more than 600 African-Americans with science degrees and another 270 with degrees in engineering.

 

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) joined SEA as an Associate Member to support the efforts focused on resolving the nation's technical manpower shortage problem.

The statement by President Roosevelt in 1937 reflected a vision of what was required to move ALL of America forward. HBCUs have NEVER been afforded enough financial resources and continue today to be among those who have TOO LITTLE. The SEA legacy motivated a younger group of advocates to establish the National Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc. (NSEA) to continue and expand upon the work of the original organization.

SEA operated for almost 25 years headquartered at 1522 K Street, NW, in Washington, DC.

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   Several of SEA's Historical Files:

 

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