NovaTech Automation Partners with USC Aiken Process Control Lab

PUBLISHED ON Feb 26, 2018

College of Sciences and Engineering will utilize NovaTech Automation’s D/3® Process Control System for its new Industrial Process Engineering program.

QUAKERTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA–Global automation supplier, NovaTech Automation, LLC, recently donated its D/3 Process Control System to the University of South Carolina Aiken. The system will provide students of the Industrial Process Engineering (IPE) Program the opportunity to experience a more hands-on approach to designing, building, and managing control systems.

“When NovaTech Automation asked ‘How can we help?’ we jumped at the chance to incorporate the D/3 into our curriculum,” said Dr. Daren Timmons, Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Titan Paul, Assistant Professor of Engineering adds, “This control system is the key component of the Control Systems laboratory which is required for all Industrial Process Engineering majors at USC Aiken. Students apply their theoretical knowledge to configure, run, and monitor the industrial processes controller.”

For over 20 years, NovaTech Automation’s Aiken Office has supported customers throughout the region, in particular, maintaining a special relationship with the Savannah River Nuclear Facility. As part of a commitment to provide trained engineers who understand the complex process environment, NovaTech Automation has sought to coordinate with the IPE Program at USC Aiken.

The IPE Program is designed to prepare students with the technical knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, engineering, and management to analyze and solve problems in today’s team-oriented environment. The rigorous curriculum provides students multiple opportunities to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory in real-world settings.

“NovaTech Automation is proud to support USC Aiken’s newest engineering program and its students. Our donation will equip the next generation of engineers with valuable hands-on experience using our innovative D/3 process control technology. This will assure USC Aiken graduates a path to meaningful employment in the region,” said NovaTech Automation’s Vice President of Marketing, Jeff Zola.

Through the IPE Capstone Projects, NovaTech Automation is currently mentoring three seniors who will be among the first to graduate from the University’s program this year. Says Timmons, “NovaTech Automation’s investment of time into these students is just as significant as the technology provided. We are delighted to partner with a company so invested in developing the local workforce.”

About NovaTech Automation

NovaTech Automation is a producer of automation solutions for the process and electric power industries. Our products and services simplify complexity, reduce risk and extend the capabilities of the engineers and organizations making the world’s power grids and essential process industries more reliable, efficient, sustainable and secure.

Our industry-leading power measurement, substation automation, and process control solutions are used by hundreds of U.S. utilities and numerous Fortune 100 process manufacturers worldwide.

In applications ranging from power generation to agriculture, biofuels, brewing, specialty chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, our solutions emphasize open standards, ease of deployment, and the integration of existing assets.

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About University of South Carolina Aiken

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide “America’s Best Colleges.” The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.

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