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Ohio Gov. Strickland talks with Miami students

09/05/2007

Senior Asha Ananthu shows the governor how she uses a material testing machine
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland met with Miami University students and faculty involved in academic programs representing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and business students who run the First Miami Student and Alumni Federal Credit Union, among others, Wednesday, Sept. 5.

"I believe Ohio can have an increasingly brighter future. It will only happen if we adequately value education, that is, as you [Dr. Hodge] said, preparing students not just for the problems of today, but making them capable of confronting and dealing with and embracing the problems that they will face in future," Strickland said.

The governor is visiting Ohio universities this year. At Miami, the academic discussion was held in the new building housing the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Students shared experiences of performing research as undergraduates in fields including microbiology and mechanical engineering.

"I've been impressed by the students that I've heard from today but I also understand that the heart of the university is the teaching faculty, those of you who spend time with the students in the classroom, in the lab, and in other settings and none of this would have been possible without your talent, skill, ability, and commitment," the governor told his audience.

Before the meeting, the governor visited a rapid prototyping and fabrication lab in the mechanical and manufacturing engineering department. Brunswick, Ohio, native Asha Ananthu, a senior engineering management major, showed him how students use a materials laser writer and a material testing machine that is used on various materials.

"I have a huge surge of pride that Ohio has this wonderful institution. I think it has a reputation throughout Ohio and, quite frankly, throughout the United States as one of the premier institutions that exists for undergraduates," Strickland told WMUB radio.

"As I met the students and I heard of their research opportunities and listened to what the faculty had to say, I felt a lot of pride and a lot of hope," he continued. "Because in my judgment, if Ohio is going to move forward, if Ohio and Ohioans are going to reach their full potential, it is going to be by stressing, valuing, supporting, and funding education at every level, but certainly higher education."

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With Governor Strickland at Miami are Provost Jeffrey Herbst (left) and President David Hodge (right)

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