Power cables near the mountains.

About the Power Engineering Program

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
University of Utah started a new program to train students on the
generation, distribution, and transformation of electric power in 2008.
The initiative was made possible by donations totalling $232,000
from the local industry (sponsors list).

The State of Utah provided a new faculty position as part of the
Engineering Initiative, which was aimed at increasing the numbers of
engineering graduates available to the local industry. The funding
received from local companies provided other resources needed, such as
equipment for new research facilities. Power systems programs had been
progressively eliminated or consolidated in the United States over the
last few decades, and no such program existed in Utah anymore. The new
initiative reversed the trend at a time when electric utility companies
critically needed new engineers due to retirements.

Related documents:

Flyer for the initial campaign (2007)

Article in the Journal of the Utah Engineers Council (M. Bodson, “A New Power Engineering Program in Utah” Journal of the Utah Engineers Council, pp. 29-30, 2010)