West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently received a donation of $25,000 from American Electric Power. The funds will assist the department’s academic programs in pursuing social initiatives such as global warming, renewable energy and GRIDSmart technology.
Philip Wright, vice president of distribution operations for Appalachian Power, was on hand to present the check to the department. The donation arrived just as Dr. Kourosh Sedghisigarchi, assistant professor of electrical engineering, submitted a proposal for an innovation grant to develop a smart grid system in one of institution’s labs. The lab also features photovoltaic cells, a wind turbine, a 1Kilowatt fuel cell and additional equipment for processing electrical energy.
“WVU Tech is definitely on the cutting edge of modern technology related to renewable energy,” explained Dr. Stephen Goodman, chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering. “We look forward to further collaboration with American Electric Power for new programs, labs and projects for our students.”