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Young Faculty Present Innovative Project Proposals
As of May 22, 2018

Published on: 
July 27, 2013
Press Release

On July 22nd, five younger faculty members met with the ELECTRI Council in Chicago, IL, to present their proposed innovative research projects for Early Career Award funding consideration. Academic Liaison for ELECTRI, Professor Jerald Rounds facilitated the presentations and voting. 

ELECTRI International provides support early in the careers of faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. In return, the benefits include a series of value-added projects that increases the EC industry’s visibility at U.S. colleges and universities and promotes long-term relationships between university faculty, ELECTRI International and NECA.

With funds available through ELECTRI’s Transmission and Distribution Enterprise, the Council selected the project Information Technology Assessment for Line Electrical Contractors. The research will be conducted by Vanessa Valentin, University of New Mexico.

The Council voted to fund three additional Early Career Awards:

  • Exploring the Opportunities for Applying Lean Principles to Electrical Prefabrication, Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee, Oregon State University
  • Active Learning for Electrical System Constructability Evaluation, Robert Leicht, Penn State University
  • Industrialization of Electrical Contracting: Supply Chain and Logistics Management, Hisham Said, Santa Clara University

Each project receives a $7,000 grant from ELECTRI and matching funds from the researcher’s institution. The investigative process is shorter and each final report is due within one year.

Additional information on ELECTRI’s Early Career Awards can be found at