Nonprofit Supports Educational Curricula to Inspire Interest in STEM Fields
METAIRIE, La.—March 7, 2019—M S Benbow & Associates (MSB) President Leo Holzenthal, Jr., P.E., has been elected to the board of directors of the Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative (GNOSTEM), formerly Core Element, a non-profit dedicated to promoting quality teaching in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) in the Greater New Orleans Region.
Holzenthal has more than 30 years of experience in Power, Control Systems and Telecommunications Engineering and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at the engineering consultancy, which operates two offices in Greater New Orleans area, Houston and Dallas with more than 100 employees. Holzenthal is an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans College of Engineering. He earned the 2015 James M. Todd Technological Accomplishment Award from the Louisiana Engineering Society.
“Part of our mission at MSB is to support science and math education programs to help the next generation develop a passion for our field. I am excited to serve on the board of Core Element, which works to support teachers and provide programs to prepare students today for high-demand careers of the 21st century,” Holzenthal said.
GNOSTEM provides teacher professional development, STEM educational curricula and support for enrichment activities for middle school students to inspire an interest in the STEM fields. The organization also offers “Hands on STEM” Interactive Robotics Summer Camps focused on bringing teachers and students together to experience robotics hands on.
A professional engineering services company specializing in the fields of electrical power, telecommunications / technology, instrumentation and controls, design and drafting services. MSB has a long history of promoting STEM careers across Louisiana. Ongoing STEM initiatives include the First Robotics Competition Bayou Regional and the Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair (GNOSEF). The company also participated in the YouthForce NOLA STEM Internship Program, a collaboration between the City of New Orleans and the YouthForce Collaborative Steering Committee, which helps youth make connections and acquire long-term employment opportunities with local companies in STEM fields.
MSB is a leading design and engineering firm serving the industrial, government, institutional and energy sectors. One of the Gulf South’s most respected multi-discipline engineering corporations, MSB serves the diverse integrated engineering needs of a range of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, chemical manufacturing, and food processing, manufacturing and derivatives.
About M S Benbow & Associates
A multi-discipline, integrated engineering consultancy, M S Benbow & Associates is regarded as one of the top professional engineering firms in the region serving some of the most notable refineries, airports, convention centers, campuses, and large public venues in the United States. With professional registrations in over 30 states and offices in Metairie, Mandeville, Houston and Dallas, MSB provides expertise in Electrical Power Systems, Instrumentation & Controls, Telecommunications & Technology, and Drafting & Design with end-to-end project management services. MSB provides a wide range of engineering services including feasibility studies, front-end engineering design, detailed design packages, site acceptance testing, startup/commissioning services and specialty installation services.