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The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in the Community

May 1, 2014 — Earlier this spring in cooperation with Rocky Mountain Power, Dr. John O’Brien, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), taught a short course on Process Controls to area field engineers.  Dr. O’Brien spent a day each in Casper and Rock Springs talking with participants from companies such as Chevron, Tata Chemicals, FMC, Solvay, Shell, Amcol, and many more of Rocky Mountain Power’s industrial customers.  Both events were well attended. 


The intent of the Process Controls short course was to bridge the gap for process controls engineers in the field who have come from a background other than electrical engineering and give them some information on the more formal mathematical theories that many haven’t been exposed to.  For those who have had the formal training, it worked as a refresher course.  The short course was also a way to gauge the level of interest across the state in learning more about controls, and to identify if there is a need for more advanced controls training at the University of Wyoming level.  Speaking with field engineers about what’s happening in the day to day work can also help faculty tailor curriculum in a meaningful way for UW students that will benefit the student and industries throughout the state of Wyoming.


The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering sees these kinds of interactions with industries in Wyoming as a great way to find out what the community needs are and how the ECE can be of service.


Participant comments:
“Provided a good overall foundation with applications to plant processes.”

“Dr. O’Brien is very knowledgeable.”

“It showed the math behind what is really happening in a process control.”

“Teacher was easy to follow and he kept my attention.”

“Instructor was extremely knowledgeable of the subject matter.”


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