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The OSU Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy via the Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Since 1982, the Industrial Assessment Centers have helped American manufacturers save energy, reduce costs, and increase productivity during an era of energy supply volatility and rising prices.

OSU IAC is home to one of the oldest and most successful industrial energy-efficiency offices in the nation. OSU IAC has been continuously operational since 1982. Particularly, the OSU IAC is first IAC to reach the 1000th assessment milestone (December 2018) among the 28 IACs nationwide. Read the full story here. This is also one of the research projects that are consecutively funded every 5-years since 1982. Overall, the IAC program has achieved over $4.5 billion of implemented energy cost savings since its inception. Particularly, the OSU IAC program contributed $308.2 million or 30.28 Tbtu of implemented energy cost savings since 1982. [Ref – DOE IAC Database]

The following quotes from OSU administrators cite the impact of the OSU IAC program:

  • “This single OSU/DOE energy partnership has saved Oklahoma industries more than three times the  State’s annual investment in all of the Oklahoma State University and more than 20 times the 37-year total investment OSU pays off to impact the industry of Oklahoma” said Paul Tikalsky, dean of CEAT [Ref].

  • “My first-hand experience with OSU IAC and Dr. Vora has included the 1,000th industrial assessment celebration this past December. What an accomplishment! I was impressed to learn that the OSU IAC is the first IAC nationwide to reach this milestone. Continuously funded since 1982, the OSU IAC program has helped industries in this region save over $300M to date” said Dr. Kenneth Sewell, OSU vice president for research [Ref]. 

  • “The IAC team continues to support economic development in Oklahoma by helping manufacturers improve their efficiency and lower their energy costs. I believe this adds to our state’s competitiveness in national and international commerce” said Ed Kirtley, assistant dean of CEAT. “Consequently, this brings jobs to our state which benefits all Oklahomans” [Ref].