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Energy Conversion and Conservation
The US Department of Energy (DOE)-funded Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) help U.S. small-and-medium manufacturers to save energy, improve productivity, and reduce waste by providing no-cost energy audits conducted by university-based interdisciplinary teams of engineering students and faculty. The current IAC program at Oklahoma State University (OSU) is funded by DOE for the fiscal years of 2017 to 2021. Overall, there are 31 IACs in the United States, and the OSU IAC serves manufacturers in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and North Texas. The OSU IAC program is fully supportive of the land-grant mission of OSU. This program integrates the three important objectives: (i) community service, (ii) teaching, and (iii) research of the land-grant mission. The IAC provides the public service of industrial energy audits at no cost to the client to help reduce energy and waste and to increase productivity, at the same time training students to make them capable of becoming the next generation of energy, sustainability, and productivity professionals. In addition, the IAC works with utilities, manufacturing extension programs, and manufacturing associations to educate them about plant energy conservation and energy management systems. Finally, the IAC team, in the course of its many contacts with manufacturers, learns what practices and products work and which ones don't. Team members share this "field research on the go" with other manufacturers as a form of consumer protection for industry. Land Grant universities have long been serving the needs of small farmers and agribusiness with research, guidance, and training programs, but far-seeing Senator Morrill also had the needs of industry in mind when he pushed the original Morrill Act through Congress in 1862. The national IAC program deserves recognition for its key role in fulfilling the mechanical side of Morrill's original vision for universities that serve the general population rather than only the social elite.
Vora, H. D., & Niraula, P., & Chugani, A. S., & Baraskar, N. A., & Saraf, A. S., & McCombs, M. L. (2020, June), Relationship of the Industrial Assessment Center to the Land-grant Mission of Oklahoma State University Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35139
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