Four Students Earn Certificates from U.S. Department of Energy

Students receiving certificatesBATON ROUGE – Four LSU Engineering students were recently awarded certificates by the U.S. Department of Energy for their work with the LSU Industrial Assessment Center – Tommy Nguyen of Baton Rouge, biological engineering graduate in December 2017; Bhavya Ramachandran of Metairie, La., civil engineering major; Perry Rodrigue of Baton Rouge, mechanical engineering major; and Casie Jones of Pensacola, Fla., industrial engineering major.

To earn the certificates, students must have completed a minimum of two summer semesters with the IAC and a minimum of six plant assessments, demonstrated a minimum of eight of the 10 core skills, and have a complete and accurate record in the IAC student registry.

The 10 core skills are assessment recommendation identification, report writing, energy savings calculations, IAC teamwork/group interaction, client interaction, utility data analysis, conceptual assessment recommendation designs, leadership, understanding of ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems, and other.

The LSU IAC is led by Director Jonathan Shi, a professor in LSU’s Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management, and Associate Directors Chao Wang and Hyun Woo Jeon, assistant professors in LSU Construction Management and Mechanical Engineering, respectively.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, the LSU IAC is a team of professional staff and trained engineering students that conduct free assessments for mid-sized manufacturers to help them stay competitive through reduced costs. Assessments include energy efficiency and productivity improvements, waste minimization, pollution prevention, and cyber-security recommendations.


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