27 years ago, Gerard Chasse was an engineering student at the University of Maine in Orono.
Monday, the president of Emera Maine returned to his roots for a dedication of a lab named in his company’s honor.
Emera Maine donated $100,000 to create the University of Maine Emera Maine Power Systems Laboratory.
It will provide students with hands-on tools to stay current with smart-grid technology.
The University calls the arrangement, a natural fit.
“Learning how to take and manage power systems is what students learn in this laboratory,” says Dana Humphrey, Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Maine. “And given this is what Emera Maine does every day, that is so appropriate and so important.”
After the dedication ceremony, a demonstration was held to show how the lab can tap into the power grid system.
The University of Maine Emera Maine Power Systems Laboratory will serve undergraduate electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology majors. It is equipped to demonstrate concepts in electromechanical energy conversion and power systems.