ELECTRI International’s Research Center investigates trends that affect the industry. ELECTRI commissions accurate, reliable, top quality research to support electrical contractors in their business efforts and helps prepare the industry for new business and technology realities of the 21st century.

With advice and recommendations from the ELECTRI Council, the Foundation dedicates a portion of its annual investment income to commission studies in electrical construction and management at the finest universities and research institutes throughout the country.

Each autumn, university-level investigators and private sector researchers are contacted to determine which approach and which research teams would best meet ELECTRI’s needs. In addition, the Foundation issues a Request for Proposal to selected individuals to encourage even more ideas for research initiatives from the industry and academic community.

Up to five potential projects are presented to the ELECTRI Council each January. Based upon each researcher’s oral presentation and comprehensive written proposal, the Council makes its recommendations for funding, taking into consideration both the project worthiness and the amount of funding available from ELECTRI to support the research agenda for the coming year.

A unique feature of ELECTRI’s approach to its research is the assignment of a voluntary industry-based Task Force to monitor and mentor each project. Task Force members work closely with the researchers and provide valuable advice and experience. Each research team provides regular written progress reports to its Task Force and to ELECTRI International. ELECTRI often invites its researchers to attend the July ELECTRI Council Meeting to provide a progress report on their work. Doing so also allows contractors to suggest any necessary modifications or recommended changes to the project scope.

At the completion of each research project, ELECTRI publishes and disseminates the findings and recommendations to the entire electrical contracting industry and our allied partners.

Selection Results for 2018

In January 2018, the ELECTRI Council approved the following research projects for funding:

  • The Evolution of the Electrical Contractor as an Integrator
    Michael McLin, Maxim Consulting Group
  • Digital Transformation at the Frontline Supervision Level for Electrical Contractors
    Michael Myers, Rhumbix, Inc.
  • Smart Buildings and the Internet of Things (IOT) Impact on Electrical Contracting 
    Hisham Said, Santa Clara University