Michigan State University will be home to a new Industrial Assessment Center, or IAC, where faculty, staff, and students will work with Michigan companies to save money, improve energy efficiency, and reduce energy costs. ‘carbon footprint.
The US Department of Energy has awarded MSU $ 2.25 million over the next five years for this effort, which will support manufacturers and small and medium-sized commercial buildings in Michigan. This is part of a national DOE initiative that started in 1976 and now funds 32 TSIs across the country.
MSU will be the only operating in Michigan and the first in the state since 2017.
Assistant Professor MSU Kristen Cetin
“We have so much manufacturing in Michigan, but we didn’t have IAC,” said Kristen cetin, the director of the MSU center and assistant professor at the College of Engineering.
“It will be good to fill that void,” she said. “Even though we’re starting something new for MSU, we’re not really starting from square one because we have a lot of collaborative support. We have a large, diverse and interdisciplinary team.
“We spent a lot of time on Zoom developing this proposal – it was like talking to everyone in Michigan,” Cetin’s colleague said, Annick Anctil, with a laugh.
“But we both like working with a lot of people,” said Anctil, who is the centre’s deputy director. “Much of this center tries to reach out to communities and manufacturers who have not traditionally been represented in these projects.
Associate Professor MSU Annick Anctil
This goal of being more inclusive, explicitly stated by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm when the DOE announced the 2021 IAC Cohort on July 26, resonated with Cetin and Anctil. Not only is the focus on MSU’s values, the university also has the breadth of expertise to help Michigan’s diverse range of manufacturers and commercial workspaces.
“Michigan State University is a world-class institution and a world leader in revolutionary discoveries that not only save lives, but create jobs,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Township of D-Bloomfield, and member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transport. “MSU will continue to play a key role in innovations that will help manufacturers reduce costs and reduce their carbon footprint. “
The College of Engineering forms the nucleus of the IAC, with faculty participation spanning several departments, including Cetin and Anctil’s House in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
“The IAC builds on MSU’s rich history of working with Michigan’s small and medium-sized businesses for the common good,” said Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering. “Ensuring clean water, air, and communities for Michigan residents – while helping local businesses transform their businesses to support new markets and customers – is part of the College of Engineering’s mission. since first class at the end of the 19th century. This continues today and tomorrow.
Beyond the College of Engineering, MSU’s Assessment Center will capitalize on the wealth of experience and expertise found in MSU extension, the Sustainability Office, the Construction management program and Planning of infrastructure and facilities. MSU is also working with Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan, and Michigan Technological University in the Upper Peninsula to ensure that the IAC is suitable to serve all of Michigan.
MSU’s TB Simon Power Plant experts and experience will be among the many resources staff, students and faculty will share with Michigan manufacturers as part of the state’s new Industrial Assessment Center. Credit: IPF
Experts from these institutions will lead assessments of Michigan’s manufacturing and commercial facilities. Students will play a critical role in assessing a company’s costs, energy consumption, and productivity, as well as making recommendations for improvement.
“Students will participate in important fieldwork, doing assessments with real manufacturers in real buildings,” Cetin said. And these opportunities will be open to any student interested in sustainability and energy efficiency, not just engineering students. The center will support more than 35 students per year evaluating manufacturing and commercial buildings.
“One of the goals of this center is workforce development,” Cetin said. “We are trying to improve the pool of available students who have the skills to support the manufacturing and energy sectors of the future. “
She and Anctil are excited about the opportunity to support Michigan’s historic and dynamic manufacturers, while continuing to train and promote new opportunities for the next generation of leaders and innovators.
“It’s not very common to see women in industrial valuation,” Anctil said. “So for me it’s also an exciting thing – having two women running this center – which will hopefully interest a more diverse group of students at all levels.”
For many reasons, MSU is a natural fit for the state’s newest IAC.
“We have all these different parts working on sustainability between IPF, Extension and our manufacturing related engineering departments. All of these different areas have had links in the past, but we didn’t really have a central force to bring them together until now, ”Cetin said. “This is a good opportunity for the university and for the state.”