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ORAU Extends Mentor-Protégé Relationship to Woman-Owned, Small Business

Oct. 11, 2005

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and Cindy Zeng recently signed an agreement initiating a support relationship as provided under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Mentor-Protégé program. Zeng is a former ORAU employee who has since begun Athens IT Solutions—her own information technology consulting business. Through this business partnership, Zeng will provide her vast knowledge and experience with ORAU to science and education projects and other information systems programs.

She will provide support for both new and on-going business and programming opportunities, which will ensure growth for her business, while continuing achievements for ORAU.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Mentor Protege Contract Signing

Pictured above are (front row, L-R) Ron Townsend, ORAU president, and Cindy Zeng, Athens IT Solutions owner. Also pictured are (back row, L-R) Ernest Whitaker, ORAU small business manager; John Bennett, ORAU manager of procurement; Brian Cook, ORAU applications development team leader; Wayne Stevenson, ORAU science and engineering education program director; and Sharon Jacobs, ORAU procurement team leader.

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