By: Tanzila Ahmed
IEEE and the ECE dept. combined forces to go on a private tour of Westar Energy Jefferies Center. About 36 students from ECE Civil, mechanical, Bio agriculture attended, both graduate and undergraduate.
Dr. Day, Dr. Hagemen and Kim Fowler supervised the students on this tour. Westar Energy is an investor owned electric utility headquartered in Topeka, Kansas. Westar is the largest electric company in Kansas, serving 690,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the eastern third of the state. Westar Energy generates more than 27,000,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year at its 12 power plants. Westar Energy service territory covers 10,130 square miles in east and east-central Kansas. Westar Energy owns more than 6,300 miles (10,100 km) of transmission lines and about 28,100 miles of distribution lines. IEEE does 1-2 tours every semester of industry facilities, they bring in professional guest speakers to give students insight from the profession, IEEE members get discounts on Lab Kits, and we provide funding for other organizations like E-Club, Robotics Club, Wind Power team etc. IEEE is a great way to network with industry professional. For more information about our activities (ex: dinners, finals week breakfast and other activities” If you have questions about joining please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/join/index.html.