What’s Happening in Georgia’s Engineering Community Georgia Power Receives Approval for 46 MW Solar Facility The Georgia Public Service Commission granted authorization to Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, for a new 46 megawatt (MW) AC solar facility planned for the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. The facility is anticipated to be completed and in service by the end of 2016. The approved project marks Georgia Power’s fifth large-scale solar project developed in coordination with the military and will bring Georgia Power’s on-base solar online to more than 160 MW by the end of 2016. Georgia Southern University and Ogeechee Technical College Partner on Engineering Program An articulation agreement signed between Georgia Southern University’s interim President Dr. Jean Bartels and Ogeechee Technical College’s President Dr. Dawn Cartee will make the process of earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Georgia Southern even more uniform. The agreement allows the transfer of credit for specific courses taken by students in the Ogeechee Tech’s Basic Mechatronics Specialist certificate, Manufacturing Operations Specialist certificate and the pending Manufacturing Technology Associate degree programs to Georgia Southern. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 39 percent of students lose all of their credits when transferring from one institution to another. This articulation agreement allows for approximately 90 percent of students who want to transfer from Ogeechee Tech to Georgia Southern to have their credits accepted. Georgia Tech and Intel Team for Diversity Push in Computer Science and Engineering The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) will receive $5 million over the next five years from Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) to help increase the number of women and minorities going into computer science and engineering at the institution. As part of the agreement, Georgia Tech will recruit high school students from the Oakland Unified School District; Intel launched a $5 million computer science program at the Oakland School District in May. The program will help Georgia Tech grow its Summer Engineering Institute and Peer-2-Peer mentoring initiative. In addition, the funding will expand Georgia Tech’s undergraduate summer research program’s capacity from 10-15 participants per summer to more than 40 students. SRTA Accepting Applications for Transportation Infrastructure Improvement Funding The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) announced $29 million in available grant and loan funding through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) program for local governments and Community Improvement Districts. The GTIB program is a revolving infrastructure investment fund that awards grants and loans to help jumpstart or complete needed transportation improvement projects across the state. GTIB is a competitive program and each application is evaluated based on engineering value, economic impact, local matching funds, project feasibility and proximity to construction. Since its inception in 2010, the GTIB program has provided $55 million in grants and loans, supporting more than $200 million in total project value. For more information on how to apply for a grant or loan, visit www.georgiatolls.com/gtib. The application period will close Monday, October 5. Engineering Excellence Awards Now Open for Entries An annual design competition provided by ACEC Georgia, the Engineering Excellence Awards recognize achievements demonstrating the highest degree of merit and ingenuity across the industry. The Awards offer all entrants a valuable opportunity to be recognized by showcasing their talent, experience and profession. Learn more about the awards by visiting www.bit.ly/2016EEA. Georgia Engineering Foundation Receives Record Contribution Kenneth G. Taylor, P.E. and Margaret B. Taylor will be remembered for emulating a lifelong passion for the mentoring and education of our younger generations of engineers. That passion continues to thrive with their recent donation of more than $36,700 to the Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF) from their Church Charitable Remainder Trust. With Ken’s passing in May of this year (Margie passed away in 2010), the donation which had been set up years ago, was presented to GEF. Kenneth Taylor served GEF as its President from 1976-1977, becoming a GEF Life Member who continued to actively support the organization for decades. The Georgia Engineering Foundation was founded and is supported by people like the Taylors, and while individual members of the GEF manage its programs, anyone can contribute financially or by volunteering. Learn more at www.gefinc.org. Governor Deal Appoints PELS Board Members Governor Nathan Deal named four members to serve on the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (PELS Board): Taylor Wright, P.E., Associate Vice President and Division Manager for Atkins (new appointment); William Womack, P.E., founder of Womack & Associates (reappointment); Elmo Richardson, P.E., a consulting engineer and Chair of the Middle Ocmulgee Regional Water Planning Council (reappointment); and Julianne Busbee, who most recently worked as a licensing supervisor for the Georgia Secretary of State, Professional Licensing Boards Division (reappointment).
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