Public Service Company of Oklahoma announced a $50,000 grant to the University of Tulsa on behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation to help bring new state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to the school’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department.
The grant will go toward updating the department’s Electric Machines Lab, initiating a Power Electronics Lab and supporting physical modifications of the lab space needed to accommodate these and future labs.
“I am pleased to announce this grant that will help prepare the next generation of electrical engineers to take on the challenges and opportunities of working with one of the largest, most complex machines in the world – the electricity grid,” said Peggy Simmons, president and chief operating officer for Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), a subsidiary of AEP. “It’s vital to have highly specialized engineers working to meet the challenges our industry is facing – and will continue to face in the future – as we look more and more toward renewable and alternative energy, smart grids and other potentially transformational technologies.”
Housed in the university’s College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the ECE department offers degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. The department currently has 106 undergraduate, eight master’s and nine doctoral students.
“We are grateful to PSO and AEP Foundation for partnering with us to provide students and faculty with cutting-edge facilities. We are eager to work with industry leaders to offer hands-on opportunities that give them an advantage when they start their careers,” TU President Gerard P. Clancy said. “The University of Tulsa is committed to empowering students with the knowledge and experience to solve the world’s toughest problems. Educating innovative leaders and providing up-to-the-minute technology – such as the labs made possible by the grant – sets our students apart.”