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Kansas State University has announced that it will be dedicating its new Burns & McDonnell Smart Grid Lab on Tuesday.

Along with John English, dean of the College of Engineering; Don Gruenbacher, head of the department of electrical and computer engineering; and department faculty and staff, a group from Burns & McDonnell, the international, engineering, architecture and consulting company based in Kansas City, Mo., will be on hand.

Noel Schulz, the College of Engineering's associate dean for research and director of the Engineering Experiment Station, also will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Schulz will be the lab's director, and it will be home to her research in smart grid technologies, power systems, energy conversion, application of computer programs to power engineering, application of intelligent systems to engineering problems and more.

In addition, Schulz is president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, a worldwide nonprofit association, and works with electric utilities and power equipment manufacturers.

The lab will be used for more than just research; students will be able to visit and learn about new smart grid technologies.




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