A $250,500 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will help develop a renewable energy option track at Washington State University Vancouver. The grant was awarded to Hakan Gurocak, director of the school of engineering and computer science, and assistant professors David Chiu, Stephen Solovitz and Wei Xue.
The new track will address the regional needs for graduates in fields supporting renewable and clean energy enterprises. It will combine courses from mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering, and allow students with a major in one of these programs to complete the renewable energy option.
‘Building a wider interest among young people in energy-focused careers is critical,’ says Gurocak. ‘The gift from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will allow WSU Vancouver to educate students in renewable energy and contribute to this growing field.’
Renewable energy option track courses will begin in spring 2012. An estimated 100 undergraduate students, five full-time faculty and 10 graduate student teaching assistants will be impacted by the new program each year.