Aera’s donation of surplus electrical equipment will be put to good use – helping train a new class of electrical engineering students.
The company donated more than $12,000 worth of electrical equipment to California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo Department of Electrical Engineering. The electrical relays and monitoring equipment are designed to protect motors for pumps in the field.
“The motor protection system donated by Aera Energy will help students create the connection between power protection system theories they learn in the classroom and real-world applications they exercise in the lab,’’ said Electrical Engineering Professor Dr. Taufik, who also leads the Electric Power Institute at the university.
The donation was coordinated by Fernando Porras, a senior staff electrical engineer at Aera’s Belridge field and a Cal Poly graduate. Porras is a member of the Electrical Engineering Department Industry Advisory Board at Cal Poly, and regularly attends advisory events at the university. Porras has worked for Aera since graduating from Cal Poly in 2003.
“It is very satisfying to participate in these events and it also allows to promote Aera as a potential employer to Cal Poly graduates,” Porras said.
Porras delivered the equipment to Cal Poly on May 4.
Taufik said the equipment will further extend the research capabilities of students and faculty in the areas of power protection. The equipment will be used in Cal Poly’s power system and power protection system laboratories.