As Principal Investigator, Dr. Lin Li received a new grant of $2,087,872 from the U.S. Department of Energy, under the title “Industrial Assessment Center for Energy Efficiency, Smart Manufacturing and Cyber Security of Illinois and Northwestern Indiana Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Companies and Water Facilities” for period 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2021.
This grant will result in an Industrial Assessment Center at UIC which will conduct advanced research on energy efficiency and smart manufacturing. Furthermore, it will provide:
(1) technical assistance to Illinois and northwestern Indiana small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and water facilities in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity via smart manufacturing, energy management systems, and enhancing cyber security threat detection and mitigation;
(2) education and training to develop the future energy conscious workforce and address the growing shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy and smart manufacturing related skills.