right is Southern University and A&M College of Engineering Dean Habib Mohamadian
Five years ago, Southern University
and A&M College
, a historically Black college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, invited about twenty chancellors from various universities in Nigeria.
What Southern University
found as they listened to the problems, solutions and challenges the West Africans brought with them was that they were very similar to some of theirs in Baton Rouge.
Take groundwater problems for example, explained Habib Mohamadian, an engineering dean, educator and researcher at Southern University for over 30 years.
"A lot of groundwater problems in this country tend to be in neighborhoods underrepresented in finding the solutions, "he
"You get to Africa and you also hear of groundwater problems; sometimes caused by pesticides sent there many years ago," he
"I'd like to see HBCUs [historically Black colleges and universities] develop things which are useful for our students, with students over there, and then solve problems that are useful to the world.
Because there are groundwater issues across the globe and if we can work with researchers on both ends we can learn from each other, learn how to teach students better," Mohamadian