PITTSBURGH … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation and the University of Pittsburgh today presented best practices and ideas aimed at addressing workforce challenges and cultivating new talent in electrical and power engineering. The panel discussions were part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society Transmission and Distribution Conference in New Orleans, La., and were an outgrowth of the path-breaking collaboration between the global power management company and the university’s Swanson School of Engineering.
The two panel discussions focused on how Eaton and Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering are developing courses and research related to next-generation power delivery technology. Additionally, the initiative, which received a $500,000 sponsorship from Eaton, is helping to persuade top-talent students to pursue power engineering careers.
“As our energy and power management challenges increase, we are also experiencing an uptick in the retirement of many highly experienced power engineering professionals, so it’s absolutely critical that we meet rising demand for power engineers,” said Richard Stinson, president, Power Distribution Operations – Americas, Eaton’s Electrical Sector. “Our collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh can serve as a case study.”
The power engineering collaboration has already proven successful on several key fronts, including:
- Development of several new senior design projects within various Eaton business units
- Formation of collaborative research initiatives in the areas of smart grid technologies, renewable energy integration, power electronics and energy efficiency
- Successful recruiting efforts of several Pitt students into Eaton’s Leadership Development Program
- Advanced planning activities for the new Eaton-supported power systems lab at Pitt
- Introduction of new courses through joint Eaton-Pitt efforts in the area of distribution engineering and smart grids
“Collaboration between industry and academia is essential to ensuring that we have enough engineers to satisfy market demand and national energy needs,” said Dr. Gregory Reed, director of the Power and Energy Initiative in Pitt’s Swanson School. “By giving top students exposure to a unique array of classroom, laboratory and field situations, Eaton is enabling a smooth transition from the classroom to the workplace.”
Eaton’s global electrical product lines, including Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, Santak®, and MGE Office Protection Systems™ provide customer-driven PowerChain Management® solutions to serve the power system needs of the data center, industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, and OEM markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com .