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Kyle Chiapperino, a UB mechanical engineering student, surveys a rack at Montante Solar's array at Tonawanda’s Riverview Solar Park as part of a summer work program.


1. Filling an electrical engineering experiential gap
This summer, a pilot program paired rising electrical engineering UB seniors with Western New York companies in need of technical assistance. The students spent 40 hours per week contributing their engineering know-how while absorbing realities of the business world. The program is one more way of building linkages between local employers and UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
2. Moving a solar project along with quality control aid
In Tonawanda’s Riverview Solar Park, Montante Solar is installing a solar array of close to 15,400 panels. Project leaders recognized extra help was integral to maintaining pace for a mid-December completion. In particular, someone needed to manage the quality control program. Kyle Chiapperino, a mechanical engineering student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, was the answer.
3. Easier path to UB for some Alfred grads
Alfred State College graduates may seamlessly continue their education at UB and pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering. A new agreement eases the application process, granting eligibility of admission to the master’s program to those who have earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology.
4. The fabric of a waste-reducing methodology
The financial vitality of any organization hinges on two metrics: profit and cash flow. While there is no magic bullet to assure positive performance measures for either, there is a powerful philosophy that has potential to make an enormous impact. Lean trims out time and efforts spent on the unnecessary, and the best chance of making it stick is to start by grasping five simple yet essential Lean principles.
5. SUNY campus steps into Lean
The College at Brockport has been plagued by a complicated personnel form for numerous years. Attempts to fix it had always failed, until UB TCIE helped develop the right streamlined solution. Training, paired with assistance in implementing the Lean business methodology of reducing waste, is resulting in less time expended by HR and less confusion across the campus.
6. Solar power 101
The number of clean energy jobs is growing, including those that focus on photovoltaic (PV) technology. Our three-course online series introduces the basics, explores solar system design and provides a framework for solar PV project management. Courses are particularly beneficial for engineers, HVAC installers, architects and building code inspectors.
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