Editor's note: U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited IUPUI Monday to
celebrate a $1.3 million partnership to spur students to identify greater energy
efficiencies that may bolster the nation's manufacturers. The following details
were provided by IUPUI:
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven
Chu visited IUPUI Monday to meet with university leaders and conduct a Town
Hall forum with students to discuss the future of clean energy.
Secretary Chu's visit came
following an announcement in September that the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI
at IUPUIwould receive a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE)
to train undergraduate- and graduate-level students in manufacturing efficiency
as part of the DOE's Industrial Assessment Center program
Assessment Center program. The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
is one of only 24 schools across the nation — and the only institution in
Indiana — selected to participate in the program.
"As President Obama made clear, an American
economy built to last will depend on American manufacturing, American energy
and skills for American workers," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "This
is why the Energy Department is investing in innovative initiatives like the
Industrial Assessment Center at IUPUI that is helping to train the clean energy
workforce of tomorrow, while saving money for American companies and
Secretary Chu spent the first part
of his visit debriefing with university officials and touring the IUPUI
Industrial Assessment Center and various energy labs. He then conducted a town
hall meeting with students.
The DOE announced in February that
to date, the assessment centers across the country have helped save over 530
trillion BTUs of energy — enough to meet the energy needs of 5.5 million
American homes — and helped participating manufacturers save more than
$5.6 billion in energy costs.
"It was a great honor to host
Secretary Chu on our campus," said David Russomanno, Dean of the Purdue
School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. "We are very pleased to be
part of the DOE's Industrial Assessment Center
program, and thank the DOE for their help in creating an opportunity for our students
and faculty to partner with businesses to make significant energy efficiency
and cost saving gains."
The DOE assessment program is a
natural fit for the School of Engineering and Technology, which has long
advocated programs that train students to improve the efficiencies of
manufacturing and energy-related processes.
The School currently offers a B.S.
in Energy Engineering – the only program of its kind in the nation
– and works with its Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy to
conduct energy-related research and disseminate its findings.
About the U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Assessment Center
The Energy Department's Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program helps
students gain real-world experience identifying and implementing energy-saving
measures that help local companies and factories reduce energy waste, save
money, and boost their competitiveness. Since the program began in 1976, the
university teams have conducted more than 15,000 energy assessments at U.S.
manufacturing plants nationwide. To date, more than 3,000 students have
graduated from the Industrial Assessment Center program, with more than 60
percent going on to careers in the energy industry.