Environmental Protection

DOE Gives Universities $30M in Grants to Train the Next Generation of Industrial Energy-Efficiency Experts

More than $30 million have been awarded to 24 universities in 23 states across the country to train undergraduate- and graduate-level engineering students in manufacturing efficiency to help them become the nation's next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts. Each school will receive $200,000 to $300,000 per year for up to 5 years to help university teams to gain practical training on core energy management concepts through DOE’s successful Industrial Assessment Center program.

The Industrial Assessment Center program enables promising engineering students around the country to conduct energy assessments in a broad range of manufacturing facilities, providing skills and experience that prepares the students to compete in today's economy while helping local companies and factories to reduce energy waste, save money, and become more economically competitive.

“This industrial efficiency training program opens the door to good jobs in a growing, global sector for thousands of energy-savvy students while promoting real, boots-on-the-ground progress toward our transition to a clean energy economy,” Secretary Chu said. “The Centers will provide a boost to the next-generation of American workers as well as to the businesses with which they work.”

Through these university-based Industrial Assessment Centers, engineering students will receive extensive training in industrial processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management principles, which will be put to use working directly with small and medium-sized industrial and manufacturing facilities in the surrounding communities. Under the program, each Industrial Assessment Center will be expected to train at least 10 to 15 students per year, conduct approximately 20 energy assessments annually, and perform extensive follow-on reporting, tracking, implementation, and management-improvement activities.

In addition to conducting assessments at industrial plants, each Industrial Assessment Center will be expected to promote interaction with private sector partners that could provide valuable workforce development support, such as scholarships and internship opportunities.

Recipients:

Recipient

City, State

DOE Funding

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

$1,498,027

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

$1,143,093

San Diego State University Research Foundation

San Diego, CA

$1,000,000

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

$1,271,558

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

$1,000,000

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$1,000,000

Iowa State University of Science and Technology

Ames, IA

$1,000,000

Boise State University

Boise, ID

$1,500,000

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

$999,981

Indiana University

Indianapolis, IN

$1,323,532

University of Kentucky Research Foundation

Lexington, KY

$1,500,000

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA

$1,300,000

Regents of the University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

$1,100,000

The Curators of the University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

$1,500,000

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

$1,400,000

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

$1,500,000

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

$1,218,312

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

$1,500,000

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

$1,500,000

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

$1,370,198

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, TN

$1,500,000

Texas Engineering Experiment Station

College Station, TX

$1,500,000

Board of Regents of UW System for Univ. Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

$1,500,152

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

$1,500,000

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