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About the U.S. Department of Energy

The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

The Energy Department's mission speaks to all sectors of the economy. Whether your expertise is in science, technology, engineering, national security, international affairs or business, the Energy Department offers challenging and innovative work environments. To learn more about the DOE, please visit www.energy.gov.

About the Office of Fossil Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy is made up of about 1,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative staff. Its headquarters offices are in downtown Washington, D.C., and in Germantown, Maryland. The organization also includes the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, based in New Orleans, LA, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory with offices in Morgantown, WV; Pittsburgh, PA; Sugar Land, TX; Albany, OR; and Anchorage, AK. To learn more about the DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE), please visit www.energy.gov/fe.

About the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program

The mission of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program is to strengthen and increase a diverse pipeline of future science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) professionals.  The program started in 1995 by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) with the goal of increasing opportunities for geology students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).   In 1999, FE combined this program with its Hispanic Internship Program and Tribal Colleges and Universities Internship Program to form the Minority Education Initiative (MEI).  The following year, Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson renamed MEI in honor of the late George Thomas ‘Mickey’ Leland.  The Secretary stated that the fellowship program would honor his memory by "remembering a great American who dedicated his life to expanding human potential."  Since 1995, FE has hosted over 600 summer interns under the MLEF Program.

Who was George Thomas "Mickey" Leland?

Congressman LelandGeorge Thomas “Mickey” Leland was America's most effective spokesman for hungry people in the United States and throughout the world. During six terms in the Congress, six years as a Texas state legislator and, Democratic National Committee official, he focused much needed attention on issues of health and hunger and rallied support that resulted in both public and private action. Leland combined the skills of the charismatic leader with the power of a sophisticated behind-the-scenes congressman. He matured during his years in Congress into a brilliantly effective and influential advocate for food security and health care rights for every human being. When Mickey Leland died in 1989, he was Chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger. His committee studied the problems associated with domestic and international hunger and then delivered the practical solution of food.  Read more about Mickey Leland at http://www.uh.edu/class/hcpp/interns/leland-fellows/bio-mickey-leland.php