FORT WAYNE, IND. – A major gift of $300,000 from Steel Dynamics Foundation, Inc. will establish a new state-of-the-art energy engineering laboratory at Indiana Tech. The laboratory, which will be housed in the Zollner Engineering Center on the university’s main campus in Fort Wayne, will be operational for the fall 2010 semester. It will provide students with equipment for instruction in alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, and other biofuels. In recognition of the foundation’s contribution, the university will name the facility the Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory.
Indiana Tech offers a Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering. Keith Busse, chairman and CEO of Steel Dynamics, Inc., the corporation that established the foundation, is strongly supportive of the university’s programs. “I’m happy that our foundation is able to offer students at Indiana Tech the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of various types of alternative energy sources that will be very important to the future of our nation,” he said.
Professor Dave Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, explained that the Indiana Tech energy engineering degree is unique because the program also contains elements of business management. “Our students will have the business acumen to assess a company’s needs and plan ways for the energy usage to positively affect the bottom line,” he said.
Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, president of Indiana Tech, said the hands-on education available in the Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory will be a most valuable asset. “These test stations will allow our students to conduct experiments and to explore the intricate workings and maintenance of the newest types of energy equipment. We are very grateful to the foundation, and we appreciate the interest in our programs that has been shown by Steel Dynamics and an industry leader of Mr. Busse’s caliber.”
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