Electrical Power Affiliates Program

schulzJanuary 2013

The Kansas State University’s College of Engineering is continuing our long history of supporting the power and energy sector in the region and nation. The Kansas State Electrical Power Affiliates Program (EPAP) was established in 2008 and in the last four years has provided programs and activities to benefit our affiliate partners, our students, our faculty and our region.

Six faculty research projects received approximately $105k in funding from EPAP for the 2012-2013 year. These funds were disbursed to faculty in four College of Engineering departments or programs and involved 12 faculty members, two graduate students and 11 undergraduate students. Additional details are available at http://www.k-state.edu/epap/current-research.html.   In the spring of 2013 another $125k in industrial support funds will be distributed to faculty and students for 2013-2014 research and educational projects.

In addition to the research projects, EPAP funds have also provided support for over 70 students on road trips to see power plants, substations and control centers as well as participating in the IEEE Power & Energy Society Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition in New Orleans in 2009. In the spring of 2012, undergraduate and graduate students worked together to re-start our IEEE Power & Energy Society/Electrical Power Affiliates Program Student Chapter. The students have organized visits to local research and teaching laboratories, guest speakers and other programs.   These activities are combining to create a well-prepared workforce for the future.

In the fall of 2012, we had the grand opening for our Burns & McDonnell Smart Grid Laboratory http://www.k-state.edu/epap/smartgridlab.html This facility includes state-of-the-art equipment for electric power control, protection, communications and networking. We are using this facility in our pre-college recruitment activities, undergraduate and graduate classes and research activities.

We appreciate the continued support of our four founding EPAP members: Westar, Burns & McDonnell, Nebraska Public Power District and Omaha Public Power District. We are excited that 2012 saw the addition of three new members into our EPAP activities. Kansas City Power & Light joined the four founding members as an Executive Level member. Additionally Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Sega, Inc have joined EPAP at the Member level. We continue to have discussions with other utilities, manufacturers and consultants about collaborations with Kansas State and EPAP.

If you have questions or would like additional information about the Electrical Power Affiliates Program, please feel free to email me at noels@ksu.edu.

Sincerely,

Noel Shulz Signature

Dr. Noel Schulz
Director, Kansas State Electrical Power Affiliates Program
Paslay Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering