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Professor Asfaw Beyene and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University have been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the university is reporting today. Grant monies will fund the school’s Industrial Assessment Center for at least the next five years.

“This grant will allow us to continue the important work we're doing by training energy engineers, and helping real companies make significant changes to the way they do business,” said Beyene.

The goal of the Center is to reduce industrial emissions in a cost effective manner, creating a cleaner environment while simultaneously making American industry more competitive. The Center focuses its work on “small- and medium-sized manufacturing plants, as well as other buildings with extensive energy use.”

Students work in a hands-on environment, offering studies to qualified plants and providing advice on improving energy efficiency and introducing renewable energy technology. To date, students led by Beyene, a professor of mechanical engineering, have implemented energy efficiency programs at over 4,000 manufacturing plants across the country.

Pictured: Professor Beyene

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