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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga & TVA Train Local Workforce with New Lab Featuring ETAP Electrical Engineering Software


Irvine, Calif. – May 5, 2011 – Operation Technology, Inc. (OTI), developer of ETAP enterprise solution for electrical power systems, has gifted their ETAP software to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga College of Engineering and Computer Science department to be used in the new ETAP-TVA Power Simulation Lab.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held today to officially open the lab.

Included in the donation are 40 licenses that will augment students’ knowledge and experience with power system design, modeling, and analysis and prepare them for post-education employment or entry into graduate school.  The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) initiated the idea of a power lab and partnered with OTI in providing software for the students.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is the region's principal resource for educational, applied research, and service programs. It recently was awarded 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.

“By serving as the region’s educational and research hub, UTC offers the business community an extension of its research operations in a strategic and relevant way while developing outstanding engineering and computer science graduates.  This partnership with TVA and ETAP is a demonstration of that commitment,” said Dr. Will Sutton, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UTC.

"By participating in this program, TVA is helping students develop specialized skills directly applicable to the electric utility field and many other industries," said Rob Whalen, TVA vice president of nuclear engineering.

“OTI is committed to helping electrical engineering students prepare for a successful career path,” said Dr. Farrokh Shokooh, CEO and President of Operation Technology.  “ETAP is the most widely used electrical engineering software in the power industry, which means UTC students will have real-world, hands-on experience during their studies.  Our contribution to their future success is an honor for us because they are the innovators who will develop the energy solutions and technologies of tomorrow.”

About University of Tennessee Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a nationally recognized metropolitan university. This state institution is home to nearly 11,000 students, and offers over 70 degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the UTC strives to serve the people, businesses, and industries of our region and support their technical needs. Collaborative workforce developmentprograms and advanced training in focus areas on Smart Grid, Civil Materials Infrastructure, and Manufacturing positions the College as the region’s principal resource for educational, applied research, and service programs.

http://www.chattanoogan.com

About the Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development. Over the last 20 years, TVA has pioneered the use of ETAP software to model and analyze the emergency power systems at their nuclear stations. They were recognized in 2010 for outstanding support in the advancement and exchange of technology within the nuclear industry.

About Operation Technology, Inc.
Operation Technology, Inc. is the designer and developer of ETAP, the most comprehensive analysis platform for the design, simulation, operation, monitoring, control, optimization, and automation of power systems. ETAP is the industry leader used worldwide in all types and sizes of power systems, including generation, transmission, distribution, and all fields of industrial systems such as oil and gas, manufacturing, steel, cement, mining, data centers, nuclear facilities, and more. Visit etap.com for more information.

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What: ETAP-TVA Power Lab Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
WhenThurs., May 5, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: UTC Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building (corner of Vine and Palmetto),
4th Floor, Room 402. Free parking is available directly behind the EMCS Building in Lot 10.

For further information:
Operation Technology, Inc.
Joe Anzenberger, Public Relations
(949) 900-1066
pr@etap.com

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