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FAU Unveils Solar Power System for College of Engineering and Computer Science

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 21, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s  College of Engineering and Computer Science recently unveiled a solar power system built as a class project in a solar engineering course. The system was funded by a $25,000 gift from the Schatz Family Foundation.

            The College’s students worked with faculty member Amir Abtahi, Ph.D., P.E. to design and install a solar power system on the south side of FAU’s engineering building on the Boca Raton campus. The solar engineering class designed and built the brackets, ordered and installed solar panels, batteries and a control system. The finished system currently controls the solar energy lab’s computers. The future plan is to add on to the system so that all of the mechanical engineering labs operate via solar energy.

            “Solar energy studies have been a priority of the college for many years,” said Karl K. Stevens, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science . “We are excited to be able to provide this type of unique hands-on learning experience for students at Florida Atlantic University where they are exposed to both theory and practice.”

            Irving Schatz, president of the Schatz Family Foundation, feels strongly about using alternative energies in today’s world. “My generation has not been diligent in efforts to preserve the environment so I want to help this generation do what we have failed to do, and it must start at the university with the students,” said Schatz.  “This gift was designed to advance the study and use of alternative energies.”

            FAU President Frank T. Brogan’81; State Representative Adam Hasner; Karl K. Stevens, dean of FAU’s College of Engineering; and Pete LoBello, president of Solar Transportation Solutions, LLC participated in the unveiling of the solar panels.  

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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