POWER Engineers, Inc. vice president Bill Eisinger, University of Idaho College of Engineering alumnus, secured a total of $500,000 to the University of Idaho College of Engineering's new facility, the POWER Center for Power Engineering Excellence. The contribution is the inaugural major gift to the Idaho Campaign from a corporate donor to the University of Idaho.
"I am proud to be an Idaho graduate and feel very fortunate to be able to help with this gift," commented Eisinger. "Supporting the development of future electrical engineers is vital to the nation and also to POWER Engineers," said Eisinger.
"This donation allows us to continue a strong relationship with the University of Idaho and provide a state-of-the-art laboratory that can only be found at four universities in the United States, and will be the only facility of its kind in the Northwest."
POWER Engineers is a consulting engineering firm specializing in energy, facilities, and communications. POWER Engineers was recently ranked as Idaho’s largest engineering firm and is headquartered in Hailey, Idaho. Founded in 1976, POWER Engineers is an employee-owned company with offices throughout the United States and abroad.
"We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for power engineers in the United States," said Eisinger. "As an industry leader we need to partner with universities to ensure that the next generation of power engineers is prepared to for challenges in the field that including safety, grid modernization, and innovation."
This gift establishes the POWER Center for Power Engineering Excellence at the university, a state-of-the-art laboratory where industry and academia will converge for research and education involving power. The center will include a Real Time Digital Simulator, as well as external voltage and current amplifiers to be used with the simulator. POWER Engineers’ gift provides an annual payment of $10,000 for operation, maintenance and software upgrade costs each year. The simulator can be connected directly to power system control and protection equipment, allowing for more thorough testing and training because the user is able to subject the equipment to many realistic conditions.
This will give us capabilities that very few schools anywhere have, and this coupled with the proximity of experts in the field like POWER Engineers who can give input and feedback is a significant advantage for our students. The power engineering program at the University of Idaho has been part of the Electrical Engineering department since its inception and has a strong reputation as a power program throughout the region.
The generosity of POWER Engineers to the College is inspired by their understanding of how integral a quality education is in the increasingly complex business world. Their continuing support will ensure that we continue to grow, prosper and contribute to the economic vitality of the state and country. Their gift certainly will help to prepare a highly-skilled power engineering workforce to compete in today's global marketplace.
POWER has offices in Boise and Hailey, Idaho; Clarkston, Seattle and Vancouver Washington, Arizona, California; Colorado; Georgia; Maine; Michigan; Missouri, Montana; Oregon; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Texas; Wisconsin and Gatwick, United Kingdom. As a nationally-acclaimed engineering firm, they are proud to be a part of a vibrant Idaho business community and look forward to building on the success that has earned them a spot on the prestigious Idaho 75 list.
Eisinger received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of Idaho and currently is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board.
The gift from POWER in support of the state-of-the-art power engineering lab in the new facility is helping advance the College of Engineering's commitment to structuring programs that foster research excellence. Through its varied programs at all levels, the college is creating a pipeline of engineering and technology experts, beginning in the middle schools of this state and extending beyond graduate studies to foster continuing workforce competence.