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IndyCar Race Team Driver and Racecar Make a Pit Stop at University of Florida Campus to Discuss STEM Education

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March 18, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 18, 2013 – AREVA Inc. and the University of Florida College of Engineering are teaming up tomorrow with the Nuclear Clean Air Energy educational initiative for a first-of-its-kind event to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and careers in the energy industry.

Hosted at the University of Florida (UF) campus, this energy-centric event will feature the IZOD IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro and her #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car. De Silvestro will engage with students and share information about engineering programs and career opportunities in the energy market.

“Similar to the energy industry, STEM is a critical part of our success at the racetrack,” said De Silvestro. “I love talking to students about clean air energy and helping them to understand that it’s cool to be excited about science, technology, engineering and math.”

The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the UF Reitz Union North Lawn, and is expected to draw students from UF and beyond. In addition to members of the local Women in Nuclear (WIN) chapter and Gainesville City Commissioner Thomas Hawkins, guests of honor will be onsite from the two sponsoring organizations: Matthew Dryden, Vice President of Marketing at AREVA North America and Dean Cammy Abernathy from UF’s College of Engineering.

“At AREVA, we understand that for the energy sector to succeed, a highly skilled workforce is essential,” said Dryden. “Our clean energy present and future depend on a robust, talented pool of highly skilled engineers, which is why we are so fortunate to partner with the University of Florida to help sustain our industry and develop the next generation of leaders.”

“We are committed to producing scientists and engineers who can lead the global quest to find clean, sustainable and safe energy solutions,” said Cammy Abernathy. “We are pleased to work with AREVA in this endeavor, and in engaging the community in a broader dialogue that encourages STEM education.”

AREVA, along with partners at Entergy Corporation, have teamed up with De Silvestro’s team, KV Racing Technology, to sponsor the Nuclear Clean Air Energy national educational initiative. They aim to broaden awareness of safe, clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy and STEM careers.

The #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy race car is available to view at today’s event, in advance of the Mar. 24 St. Petersburg kick-off of the 2013 IndyCar racing season.

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The University of Florida (UF) is one of the nation's largest public universities. A member of the Association of American Universities, UF receives more than $619 million annually in sponsored research funding. Through its research and other activities, UF contributes more than $8.76 billion a year to Florida's economy and has a total employment impact of more than 100,000 jobs statewide. www.ufl.edu. University of Florida Research: Working for Florida.


Kelly Cousineau
AREVA Media Relations
Tel.: (202) 680-2469


Jen Ambrose
University of Florida,
Information Specialist,
Marketing & Communications
Phone: (352) 392-8049 x 1181
Email: jenambrose@eng.ufl.edu

More About AREVA

AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its nearly 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Visit us online at http://us.areva.com and follow us on Twitter: @AREVAinc.

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