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U.S. Energy Secretary Chu visits IUPUI

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U.S. Energy Secretary Chu visits IUPUI

United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Tours Energy Labs at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI.

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

would 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

. 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

manufacturers."

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

Program:

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.