Westinghouse Electric Co. is making a $3 million donation to UNC Charlotte to boost the training of future engineers.
Westinghouse said Monday it is providing the gift to the university’s energy center.
“This kind of support is critical to the success of this program, which we foresee as a model for business and education cooperation in the energy sphere,” said UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois. “EPIC will match the needs of energy companies with graduates who have the comprehensive skill sets needed to compete in the 21st century.”
The gift includes equipment, courses on topics such as nuclear fuel-handling design, and scholarships.
The school is finishing construction on a $76 million Energy Production and Infrastructure Center. The university’s civil, computer, electrical and environmental engineering departments will move to the building.
“Good education in the nuclear industry requires access to high-capital-value activities, and it requires access to experienced engineers who are ready to pass on their skills,” said Jimmy Morgan, vice president of Westinghouse Installation and Modification Services and an EPIC board member. By providing equipment and training services to EPIC, we are making a contribution to the future of the global energy industry.”
The gift includes two 30-ton cranes to use in a high-bay research and testing laboratory. The school also will receive equipment to help simulate fuel handling inside nuclear reactors as well as tools to help students learn how to use Westinghouse’s AP1000 nuclear reactor.
“Westinghouse recognizes that industry needs to be a partner not just in the funding of higher education, but in the design of educational programming to meet the evolving needs the energy industry,” said Nick Liparulo, senior vice president of Westinghouse Nuclear Services.
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