WVU Tech receives $75,000 grant from Appalachian Electric Power
WVU Tech receives $75,000 grant from Appalachian Electric Power to supply computer software used in industry
Front (Left to Right) : Dr. T. Ramon Stuart, WVU Tech Campus President; Dr. Tamara Floyd Smith, Dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences; Dr. Kenan Hatipoglu, Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Ronn Robinson, External Affairs Manager for Appalachian Power; Colt Halstead '22, AEP employee; Dr. Somenath Chakraborty, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Information Systems Department;
Back (Left to Right) : Christy Bragg '13, Project Design Supervisor with AEP; Chad Booth, current Electrical Engineering student; Nick Barker '21, AEP employee; Caleb Wells, current Electrical Engineering student; Dr. Aboubakr Salem, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Kenan Hatipoglu, Chair and Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at WVU Tech, thanks AEP for their generous gift.
“I would like to thank the AEP Foundation for providing this opportunity to WVU Tech to enhance our university-industry partnership. It is a great example of how industry and academia should work together to improve the quality of life for students, faculty and ultimately for the people in our state. We are looking forward to educating our students to tackle the existing problems we face every day with these advanced tools and find solutions that will benefit society. The students and engineering faculty at WVU Tech will benefit from this donation greatly,” he says.
Ronn Robinson, External Affairs Manager for Appalachian Power, says that AEP has benefitted from Tech graduates in the past and hopes to continue to do so.
“The American Electric Power Foundation and Appalachian Power are pleased to provide $75,000 to West Virginia University Institute of Technology in support of its engineering program and students. Through this grant, Tech will acquire state-of-the-art engineering software that will not only benefit students as they undertake their studies but also upon graduation as they utilize the same software with many corporations and engineering firms,” Robinson says.
Dr. Tamara Floyd Smith, Dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences, extends her gratitude to Appalachian Power and the faculty at Tech who helped secure this grant.
“Thank you to the AEP Foundation for this generous donation and to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair, Dr. Kenan Hatipoglu, for cultivating it. The donation provides software that will enhance the student learning experience in immeasurable ways. We are truly grateful to everyone who made this possible,” says Smith.