Energy Efficiency

SME Receives Grant To Expand Student-Led Energy-Assessment Program

By Chemical Processing Staff

Oct 29, 2012

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) received a $292,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to team SME Student Chapters with existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) at universities nationwide.

IAC assessments focus on industrial energy conservation techniques through energy audits and assessments of manufacturers. This grant broadens the program to assess manufacturing processes for energy savings.

Starting this year, SME will partner with six universities, incrementally expanding the program over the next three-and-a-half years. In total, SME will partner with all 24 IACs participating in the DOE program, providing hands-on industry experience for future manufacturing professionals.

University-based IACs across the country provide students with critical skills and training to conduct energy assessments in a broad range of facilities. SME faculty advisors will work directly with IAC directors to guide the students during the assessment process.

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