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Industrial Assessment Centers Help Students, Communities Learn About Energy Efficiency

March 9, 2011 - 10:42am

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The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) is part of the Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. A program of the ITP, the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) provide energy, waste, and productivity assessments at no charge to small and mid-sized manufacturers while providing engineering students with hands-on training in manufacturing plants.

Assessments are performed by local teams of engineering faculty and students from 26 participating universities across the country, and consist of an in-depth assessment of a plant site; its facilities, services and manufacturing operations. The process involves a thorough examination of potential savings from energy efficiency improvements, waste minimization and pollution prevention, and productivity improvement.  

The assessment begins with a university-based IAC team conducting a survey of the eligible plant, followed by a one or two day site visit, taking engineering measurements as a basis for assessment recommendations. The team then performs a detailed analysis for specific recommendations with related estimates of costs, performance and payback times.

Two next generation energy-savvy engineers got their start at their university IACs. Both Matan Marom and Vitelio Silva have since moved on to management roles at the engineering firms they were hired at upon graduation.

Somewhere between earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management at Syracuse University, Matan Marom found the time to work at the Syracuse Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). During his IAC tenure, he participated in 36 assessments, and in his final year served the center as Lead Student Engineer. One of Matan’s most noteworthy IAC accomplishments was the development of an in-depth report automation program that he and fellow IAC students designed and built which performs calculations and generates a formatted, editable document that includes common assessment recommendations and serves as a consistent starting point for writing assessment recommendations.

After graduation, Matan was hired by Schneider Electric, a global energy solutions  provider, where he currently serves as an Offer Manager after his promotion from Senior Application Engineer. Matan says the skills he learned at IAC directly translate to his current duties and he highly recommends the IAC program for students interested in engineering.

Likewise, fellow IAC alumni Vitelio Silva spent two years with the University of Florida IAC while earning two Master of Science degrees—one in Industrial and Systems Engineering and the other in Business Administration with a concentration in management. During that time, Vitelio completed 25 assessments, and as Lead Student Engineer coordinated teams and conducted engineering and economic analyses for many recommendations that resulted in energy efficiency, waste management, and productivity savings opportunities worth more than $3.5 million.

Upon graduation, Vitelio was hired by Johnson Controls, Inc. as a Senior Performance Assurance Engineer, and was recently promoted to his current position as Energy Solutions Performance Engineering Manager. Both Vitelio and Matan say the experience they gained from the IAC programs has been invaluable to their success after graduation.

The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) is the lead government program working to increase the energy efficiency of U.S. industry–which accounts for about one-third of U.S. energy use. Together with its partners, ITP helps research, develop, and deploy innovative technologies that companies can use to improve their energy productivity, reduce carbon emissions, and gain a competitive edge.

Your company may be eligible for an IAC assessment if your total energy bills are less than $3 million and your plant meets other qualifying conditions.

For more information about the IAC program, visit the website.

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