The Electric Power Systems Lab at Pitt’s Benedum Hall is the first large-scale collaboration between Eaton and the Swanson School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Inspired by and built in partnership with Eaton’s highly successful Power Systems Experience Center in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, the 1,500-square-foot lab features the latest in power technology, engineering curriculum and modern R&D activities.
New students are drawn to the lab’s unique mix of fundamental theoretical study and applied hands-on experiences. Electrical engineering undergraduates with an electric power concentration work directly on power distribution equipment, motor controls, renewables connectivity and switchboards to gain a firsthand understanding of products used in the field. Further, Eaton and Pitt designed and built six custom student workbenches to bolster learning.