State Grant Will Augment Energy Systems Research


March 16, 2009

At a news conference on the Carnegie Mellon campus, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today that 18 colleges, universities, academic medical institutions and research institutions from across the state will be able to recruit top faculty researchers in advanced knowledge areas with the help of a new state investment.

Governor Rendell said the $2.5 million investment from the Keystone Innovation Starter Kit program will help local economies, serve as a driver for the commonwealth's economic growth, and help to cement Pennsylvania's reputation as a world-class leader in faculty recruitment and advanced technology.

"Infrastructure and commercialization are essential components of scientific research, but education is the catalyst that drives it forward," Governor Rendell said. "And now, more than ever, it is important that we invest in our colleges, universities, research institutions and talented researchers as tools to create new technologies, products and businesses that will help us grow our economy and open the door to new opportunities."

Carnegie Mellon will receive $150,000 from the program to recruit a faculty member in the area of modern energy systems and information technology.

ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger said the grant will augment ongoing energy systems research. "We have researchers developing advanced software-based tools to make the electric power grid more efficient, reliable and economical to operate," said Schlesinger. "And we currently offer and are developing unique courses essential for future concepts in electric energy systems by identifying links across physical systems and embedded intelligence necessary to make those systems secure, robust and efficient."

Three separate national studies have recognized Pennsylvania for its support of academic and research institutions. The National Science Foundation ranks Pennsylvania 4th in academic research and development expenditures and the commonwealth has consistently ranked 5th or 6th in the nation for the Department of Energy research and development commitments from 2001-2005. Pennsylvania also ranks 4th in the nation for National Institute of Health funding.

The Keystone Innovation Starter Kit initiative is designed to recruit top faculty researchers in crucial advanced knowledge areas to universities throughout Pennsylvania. In addition, discretionary funds can also be used by researchers to develop labs, staff and equipment in order to leverage private funding for their research.

ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger

ECE Dept. Head Ed Schlesinger greets Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell Monday, March 16 after receiving $150,000 through Pennsylvania's Keystone Innovation Starter Kit program to recruit a faculty member in the area of modern energy systems and information technology.

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