TTU engineering students to benefit from improved lab facilities

Posted by Lori Shull - Friday, January 25 2013


thumb DENSOEngineering graduates from Tennessee Tech University will help the state’s industry and communities meet challenges in energy use and conservation because of a recently completed traditional and alternative energy lab at Tennessee Tech University.

The lab, completed with monetary support from DENSO North America Foundation and other contributors, includes motors, generators and power electronics and equipment to study solar energy, wind energy and fuel cell technology.

Four years in the making, the $500,000 lab gives TTU students and faculty access to state-of-the-art equipment.

“The support of this laboratory by DENSO, combined with TTU engineering faculty expertise, will have a positive impact on the student experience here,” said Joseph Rencis, dean of the College of Engineering. “Tennessee Tech’s engineering power program, long recognized as one of the strongest in the Southeast, will be further enhanced due to the addition of this exceptionally equipped lab.”

The lab, named the EDGE Lab: Electronics, Drives, and Generators Energy Lab, offers access to the roof of Prescott Hall for the alternative energy equipment and houses eight Lab-Volt energy training stations.

For more than a decade, DENSO North America Foundation and DENSO’s manufacturing facilities in Maryville and Athens, Tenn., have supported Tennessee Tech to train talented engineers. In that time, DENSO has donated more than $500,000 to engineering education in the classroom and laboratory facility upgrades and support of the TTU Baja SAE club.

“DENSO’s support helps TTU keep our engineering programs strong and helps to provide a pipeline of future employees to their Tennessee manufacturing locations,” said J. Mark Hutchins, vice president of advancement at TTU. “Together, we have an excellent partnership to give our students a solid foundation for their careers.”