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Pitt opens cutting-edge Electric Power Lab and research-based Brain Institute


University of Pittsburgh opened two new leading-edge research centers this month, an Electric Power Systems Lab and a Brain Institute.
 
The Electric Power Systems Lab was unveiled last week in the in the Swanson School of Electrical Engineering, giving the next generation of electric power engineers the tools to learn the latest in electric-grid technology.
 
Eaton in Moon Township was a major collaborator and contributer to the center, a 1,500 square-foot lab on Swanson’s “Energy Floor” filled with the latest in technical and electrical equipment. The center will foster research across a wide range of electric power areas including energy efficiency, smart grid and microgrid systems and alternative energy.
 
“This is an engineers dream,” said Daniel Carnovale of Eaton during the ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. “This will allow students to work on modern equipment that will be used for the next 20 years.”
 
“It kickoffs a new era of electrical power learning,” added William Stanchina, chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at Pitt.  “Pittsburgh has had a tradition of expertise in this area dating back Westinghouse. This will allow us to be leaders in this field.” 
 
In other Pitt news, the university announced the creation of a new Brain Institute, a $45 million research center that will delve into the mysteries of the brain to develop new treatments and cures for brain disorders.
 
Pitt has always been on the forefront of brain research, especially the areas of Alzheimer’s, polio and autism, said Mark Nordenberg, Pitt Chancellor. The Institute will focus on the areas of neurotechnology, neurogenetics, brain mapping, learning and discovery in neuroscience.
 
“We have the intellectual firepower to take a lead role in the nationwide effort to revolutionize the understanding of the brain,” he added in a prepared statement. “The creation of our Brain Institute reflects the high priority that we have assigned to this important work and will position Pitt for even higher levels of impact and achievement in the years ahead.”
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: University of Pittsburgh
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