The University of Tennessee Chattanooga, College of Engineering and Computer Science department is the latest recipient of ETAP software to be used in the new ETAP-TVA Power Simulation Lab. Operation Technology, Inc, (OTI) gifted 40 ETAP licenses to the university in order to provide the students an opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience with the most widely used electrical engineering software in the power industry.
OTI partnered up with the Tennessee Valley Authority who initially proposed the development of a power lab.
The University of Tennessee is the region’s primary resource for educational, applied research, and service programs. The university recently received a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to prepare electric power sector employees for smart grid applications and increase the number of engineers from undergraduate and graduate programs to support smart power applications. These factors combined to make UTC a logical choice for the implementation of an ETAP Power Lab.
The University of Tennessee celebrated the opening of the Power Lab by inviting OTI CEO Dr. Farrokh Shokooh for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Over 50 spectators were present as Dr. Shokooh made the opening of the Power Lab official. The ribbon cutting was covered by local news outlet The Chattanoogan and can be found here.
OTI’s commitment to the future of power systems energy is no more evident than in this quote by
Dr. Shokooh, “Our contribution to [UTC students’] future success is an honor for us because they are the innovators who will develop the energy solutions and technologies of tomorrow.” OTI wishes all the best to UTC and the students striving towards becoming the future of power engineering.