Managers, engineers and other personnel from several West Virginia manufacturing facilities will visit the West Virginia University campus Friday (April 11) to learn better ways to cope with rising costs by reducing energy consumption.

Faculty and students from the Industrial Assessment Center in WVU s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will host a daylong workshop,Industrial Energy Efficiency Measures.The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy on the Universitys Evansdale Campus.

Companies scheduled to attend include M&G Polymers, Chemtura and Wheeling Nisshin, among others.

This workshop will provide manufacturing facility personnel with practical tools to achieve energy efficiency through a variety of methods,said B. Gopalakrishnan, director of the Industrial Assessment Center and professor in WVU s Department of Industrial and Management Systems.It will include the introduction of advanced software analysis tools available from the Department of Energy.

WVU industrial engineering faculty and graduate students will introduce the basics of energy analysis, diagnostics, assessment and conservation in manufacturing facilities and will focus on reduction in electricity and natural gas energy usage.

Besides Gopalakrishnan, sessions will be led by Wafik Iskander, professor and chair of industrial and management systems engineering and assistant director of the Industrial Assessment Center. Graduate students in industrial engineering will also assist in the workshop.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Industrial Gas Utilization Center, U.S. Department of Energys Industrial Technologies Program and Industries of the Future West Virginia. For more information, go to

WVU s Industrial Assessment Center is one of 26 centers around the country funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide no-cost assessments to small and midsized manufacturers. Teams of students and professors conduct measurements, audit utilization of energy and other resources and identify opportunities to save energy, reduce waste and improve productivity. Many West Virginia facilities have realized significant returns from implementing the teamsrecommendations.