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ELECTRI Leaders Identify Priority Research Topics
As of June 18, 2018

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October 23, 2012
Press Release

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc., issued its annual Request for Proposals to leading universities nationwide on October 23, 2012.

“At ELECTRI, we start the research process by going directly to the electrical contractors who will use the findings in their own companies,” said Foundation President Russ Alessi. “We follow industry trends, and we look at what factors will likely affect their business. Our goal isn’t to just publish a paper. We uncover information that can be used immediately to improve our industry.”

As ELECTRI International continues to streamline its research agenda, its ELECTRI Council members were asked to select top research initiatives for the Foundation to consider commissioning for 2013. The two topics identified as top priority issues that would produce valuable results for the electrical construction industry addressed the following:

  • Is there a need for an IBEW service agreement to release restrictions on small crews and smaller jobsites? Would a national service agreement have a potentially positive market impact? 
  • An ELECTRI International study with an economic analysis of portability indicated a positive outcome when a portability option is in place. What are the next steps to make this information useful for the electrical construction industry and why would it be in IBEW’s best interest to embrace portability as a means to improve the industry as a whole and as a benefit of IBEW membership? 

A Request for Proposals will be issued October 23, 2012, to leading universities across the country. The top research teams are given the option to respond to one of the two topics identified by ELECTRI leaders and/or to offer a research subject that they develop from the ELECTRI list of key areas: Career Awareness, Productivity Enhancement, Organizational Development, New Business Sector, and Technology Transfer.

Proposal summaries are due November 16, 2012. ELECTRI’s Program Review Committee will discuss each submission and request full proposals from among this group. Upon notification, researchers will submit full proposals by January 3, 2013 and will be invited to meet with the ELECTRI Council for competitive oral presentations at the Council’s January 16-18 meeting in Chandler, Arizona.

For additional information on the ELECTRI Research Agenda, contact ELECTRI Academic Liaison Jerald Rounds, Ph.D., P.E., Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico, at 505-277-3658 or at

The 2012 ELECTRI Request for Proposal is available for download at To request a copy of the RFP, contact Sylvia Selwood, ELECTRI International’s Director of Operations and University Relations, at 301-215-4539 or by e-mail at

Information on ELECTRI International, including data and summaries on all completed research projects, may be found at