The Industrial Assessment Center at West Virginia University (WVU-IAC), is one of many centers around the country, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide no-cost energy, waste, water, cyber security, and smart manufacturing assessments to small and mid- sized manufacturers. A team of students and professors do the engineering measurements in auditing how each facility utilizes energy and resources. Then, the WVU-IAC identifies the opportunities to save energy, reduce waste, and improve productivity.
Small and medium sized manufacturers may be eligible to receive a no-cost assessment provided by the WVU-IAC. The WVU-IAC team performs detailed process analysis to generate specific recommendations with cost and resource savings, implementation cost, and payback on investment. Within 60 days the plant receives a confidential report detailing the analysis, findings and recommendations.
As a result of performing these assessments, upper class and graduate engineering students receive unique hands-on assessment training and gain knowledge of industrial process systems, plant systems and energy systems making them highly attractive to employers. An important objective of the WVU-IAC is to train and educate energy engineers of the future. The WVU-IAC employs graduate and undergraduate students. Students work closely with faculty on teams making assessment visits to manufacturing facilities.