The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) unique relationship with the College of Engineering and Computer Science and, in particular, the Department of Electrical Engineering was highlighted recently with the presentation of a check for $25,000 by TVA to fund graduate research in grid modernization. The presentation was made in the new Smart Grid and Protection Lab, a lab made possible by the support of TVA and the $2.4M Department of Energy Workforce Development grant the Department received in 2010.
TVA has long been a strong supporter of the Department and this check represents just one aspect of our relationship. 750 of TVA’s employees obtained degrees from UTC and more than 270 received engineering degrees. TVA engineers frequently teach power engineering courses at UTC as adjunct faculty. UTC’s TVA Power Engineering Lab has been used by TVA to train their engineers in protection relays. Many of the Department’s juniors and seniors intern part-time at TVA locations. This check will enable us to extend the relationship by increasing the department’s research activities in areas that are of interest to TVA.