AEP Foundation grant funds new software and upgrades to TU electrical and computer engineering lab | Local Business News

The University of Tulsa and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) have announced the receipt of a AEP Foundation grant to fund new software and upgrades to an electrical and computer engineering department lab at TU’s J. Newton Rayzor Hall.

Tulsa-based electric power company PSO is the local operating company of AEP. AEP Foundation is the charitable arm of AEP.

“PSO has been a key partner for the university and the engineering college for many years,” James R. Sorem, dean of the TU College of Engineering & Natural Sciences (ENS), said in a statement. “This latest gift from the foundation allows our students to run real-world simulations in a safe environment and fully prepare to serve in important roles within the power and utility industry.”

The support provides critical seed money for Matlab, the state-of-the-art simulation software that can be used in multiple disciplines across campus, in addition to ETAP, a specialized software for electrical power system analysis and operation.

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A portion of the gift also was used to upgrade the physical space and make the lab more user friendly. Large-screen monitors were added so students can easily visualize the details when they run Matlab, ETAP or physical security information management software.

Rayzor Hall, a 37,600-square-foot facility, houses 24 integrated classrooms and laboratories for the ECE Department and Tandy School of Computer Science.