Southeast Awarded $500,000 Grant to Develop Satellite Industrial Assessment Center

Academic Dome and pillars entrance in 2007 fall leavesCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 8, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University has been awarded a $500,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop a Satellite Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) to train students on energy engineering.

The five-year award comes as a sub-grant from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Faculty members at Southeast and the University of Missouri-Columbia are collaborating on the project titled “Missouri Industrial Assessment and Education Center.”

The satellite site at Southeast is intended to provide students with practical experience and training in energy engineering, hands-on assessment and experience in providing assistance to small- to medium-sized manufacturers with improving energy efficiency, minimizing waste and improving sustainability and productivity. The satellite center will be integrated into existing programs at Southeast to create innovative approaches to deliver IAC’s educational and outreach services.

Dr. Deepak Gupta, assistant professor of industrial and engineering technology, is the lead investigator and will serve as director for the Southeast Satellite Center. He is a qualified specialist in four of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Best Practices software tools and holds Certified Quality Engineer status. He has previously worked as an independent consultant and has participated in energy assessments through IAC, Industries of the Future and the State Energy Program. He also serves as organizer and session chair for two sessions at SAE World Congress conferences.

Dr. Brad Deken, assistant professor of industrial and engineering technology, will serve as the satellite center assistant director. He previously was honored by the Governor’s Office in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with the Kentucky Colonel distinction for his advisement and positive role in assisting the area solar company, StarGaze Energy. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Society for Engineering Education. He also participates in Education and Power Electronics societies under IEEE and serves as the faculty advisor for the Electric Vehicle Club in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology.