By: Jill Mendoza For the last four years I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on IUPUI’s School of Engineering and Technology Deans Advisory Council or better known as DIAC. My involvement on the Dean’s Industry Advisory Counsel, has given me an up close and personal perspective of the University’s vision in action. A vision of being one of the best urban universities, recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its achievement, is certainly a reality for IUPUI. The university recognizes students as partners in learning and works diligently to include both the community and industry in the learning/partnership process. With this very vision in mind, I want to make our IDO readers aware of a valuable opportunity offered by the IUPUI, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). IAC is a program funded by DOE to train energy efficiency engineers and to provide energy assessments by a team of well-trained engineering students led by a faculty member for qualified companies FREE OF CHARGE. It is important to note; the free energy assessments are for manufacturing companies who are small businesses, less than 500 employees. If you fit this description you may want to consider this opportunity for your business. If you know a business that fits this description, I am confident they will greatly appreciate knowing about this opportunity. In summary, every company benefits from improvement of energy efficiency. It reduces cost, increases product/service competitiveness, and preserves the environment. With minimal effort, a small manufacturing company who meets the requirements, can receive recommendations for reducing energy cost. For each audit, the IAC will work on establishing baselines by conducting a one day on-site energy audit, and conducting a post-visit analysis. The process is confidential, at your discretion, simple, and does not interrupt productions. The audit team identifies opportunities to make your company more energy efficient by providing a detailed report of recommendations. The report will fully explain the recommendations and provide potential savings with detailed calculations, estimated implementation costs and computations for payback times. Historical data from DOE showed that, during the year of 2006-2011, 1,673 small and midsize companies had implemented the IAC recommendations, which resulted in $105M worth of energy savings and $24M worth of non-energy savings. The average saving per company is about $77,000 (28% of their energy cost) nationally. The average saving per company recommended by our center is about 30% of the energy cost. These savings directly adds to the company’s profit. If you are interested in receiving the energy audit by IUPUI’s IAC program, please fill out the form under the “eligibility” in IUPUI’s website, http://www.iupui.edu/~meengr/iac/ for a qualification check. Once qualified, someone from the program will contact you and schedule the one-day energy audit.