Derek Starling Sr. and Willie A. O’Neal Jr. realized the importance of having a reliable banking relationship, they turned to Regions Banker LoRose Hunter. Watch how Derek and Willie’s relationship with LoRose allowed them to leverage every turning point, expand the company and successfully meet state and municipal contract requirements.
A Bagley College of Engineering (BCOE) student has earned a scholarship funded by two Mississippi State University alumni. Jackson-native and Jim Hill High School graduate, DeAnna Brown, a sophomore in aerospace engineering, received the SOL Engineering Services, LLC Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students in good standing who have participated in the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation or the Summer Bridges Program. Recipients must be from the Lowndes County area, preferably graduates of West Lowndes High School or the Canton Public School District in Madison County. Brown said the scholarship has helped in many ways.“As someone who cannot afford school, it helps me to stay in college without accumulating thousands of dollars in debt,” Brown said. Being the recipient of the scholarship has even helped Brown outside the classroom. “It allowed me to be able to afford the travel expenses to my summer internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA.” Brown said. “That opportunity alone has opened numerous doors for my future. Undergraduate work experience at an institute such as NASA is invaluable.” More information about the Bagley College of Engineering can be found at http://www.bagley.msstate.edu.
SOL owners and BCOE industrial engineering alumni, Willie O’Neal Jr. and Derek Starling Sr., established the scholarship in 2008 to promote African-American advancement and success in engineering. A native of Crawford, MS, O’Neal said he and Starling established the scholarship to give back ‘to the students of the communities that assisted in grooming us to become who we are today.’ Starling grew up in Canton.“We wanted to have a more positive impact on the communities where we grew up that poured out life-learning lessons into us during our early years of development,” O’Neal said. “Those communities were very instrumental in shaping our lives in a positive way and this serves as a way for us to provide others a leg- up on their journey. Ultimately, it is our goal to leave a legacy which aids in shaping the lives of future engineering students from Mississippi, in general, for generations to come.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, awarded two small task order an 8(a) small business for environmental services to include collection and analyses of water and sediment samples from the federally-maintained Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Rollover Pass to the Galveston Causeway near Galveston, Texas and the Channel to Harlingen reach near Harlingen, Texas.
The Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers awarded SOL Engineering to provide construction quality assurance services. The work consists of furnishing Construction Quality Assurance Services, as necessary, primarily within the limits of the USACE Vicksburg District to include the geographical boundaries of the Mississippi Valley Division.