Pitt's new electrical lab looks to energy's future

Eaton's equipment donation provides tools to study efficiency more effectively

01/09/2014


The newly-opened electrical power system lab at the University of Pittsburgh aims to explore the next generation of energy-efficiency strategies while educating the next generation of electrical engineers.

Equipment from Eaton was donated to the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering to assist students in researching new energy efficiency techniques. Courtesy: Eaton.The lab opened Jan. 9 at the Benedum Hall of Engineering on Pitt's campus. The lab’s equipment was donated by Eaton, continuing a long tradition of the power management company’s support of the university and its Swanson School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Pitt’s Center for Energy.

 “We need to rely on the next generation of highly skilled engineers to help us meet our critical electrical power management challenges,” said Revathi Advaithi, president of Eaton’s electrical sector in the Americas, in a press release announcing the lab’s opening. “Our continued collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, and innovative training initiatives like the new Electric Power Systems Lab, can help attract the most talented students to this vital field and reinforce the Pittsburgh region’s growing reputation as a leader in energy innovation.”

Pitt's new Electric Power Systems Lab will potentially help develop new technologies that will impact power generation, transmission, and distribution, according to Gerald D. Holder, Ph.D., the Swanson School’s U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering. 

"The new lab will prepare students for future career challenges, helping sustain the workforce needed to advance power and energy technologies, as well as provide opportunities for critical research activities in these fields including work in the emerging area of DC systems," said Gregory Reed, Ph.D., director, Swanson School’s Electric Power Initiative; associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and a renowned electric power engineer. 

The Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh has more than 2,600 undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students and 120 faculty. It also was ranked first in North America in 2011 by the American Society for Engineering Education for the percentage of doctoral engineering degrees awarded to women.

- Edited by Jessica DuBois-Maahs, Associate Content Manager, CFE Media, Plant Engineering, Control Engineering



Matthew , NM, United States, 01/13/14 07:00 PM:

Very exciting! I look forward to seeing what comes to fruition from this lab.
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
2016 Product of the Year; Diagnose bearing failures; Asset performance management; Testing dust collector performance measures
Safety for 18 years, warehouse maintenance tips, Ethernet and the IIoT, GAMS 2016 recap
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40; Future vision: Where is manufacturing headed?; Electrical distribution, redefined
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Safety at every angle, Big Data's impact on operations, bridging the skills gap
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me