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Syracuse IAC awarded $1.5 million grant by U.S. Department of Energy
The Syracuse IAC is proud to announce the renewal of our grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Our center was awarded a five year, $1.5 million grant, ensuring our existence until 2016.
This award is a significant increase from our previous grant; therefore some exciting changes will be coming to our center. We are now funded to perform 25 energy assessments annually, which is a significant increase from 13 assessments in previous years. This has required us to increase our search for potential clients! In addition, the new grant requires us to increase the number of students involved in the program. This will be accomplished in two ways. First, our program will look to increase our undergraduate involvement from 3-4 students to 10-15 students. Also, our IAC plans to take on a satellite center at Clarkson University which will not only increase student involvement, but open up northern New York to the program. This push is due to one of the DoE’s main purposes as a workforce development program for the next generation of energy engineers.
The most notable change as a result of the new grant is the change in leadership at the Syracuse IAC. Long time founding director and Instructor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University, Fred Carranti will be stepping down. Mr. Carranti found the Syracuse IAC in 2001 and has led over 200 assessments. He will be continuing his involvement with the center as Associate Director. He will be replaced by Dr. Suresh Santanam, Deputy Executive Director of the Syracuse Center of Excellence and Associate Professor in the department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at the college.
In support of the award, Senator Chuck Schumer commented on the new grant at a recent press conference, “This only confirms what we already knew: that Syracuse University is on the cutting edge of industrial energy efficiency innovation. I applaud the Department of Energy for selecting Syracuse for this exciting opportunity and for making this important investment in Central New York. This training program opens the door to good-paying jobs for thousands of students, all while providing a boost to the local economy and clean energy projects.”
By: Cole Tucker, Energy Analyst