MALT Center receives Topic 2 funding

Nov 22, 2022 | Engineering and Science, General News, Partnerships, Research

Louisiana Tech University’s MALT Industrial Assessment Center recently received $400,000 in funding to expand its work on identifying energy, productivity, and sustainability opportunity enhancements for manufacturers in the region through assessing commercial buildings.

The region the Center services includes parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas (MALT).  Students are teamed with faculty to conduct audits of energy efficiency while also examining opportunities to  enhance sustainability, decarbonization, cyber security and advanced manufacturing in a cost-effective manner.

This commercial building expansion now enables the Center to include the Louisiana Delta Community College’s students and faculty,  increasing opportunities in jobs and future careers. It is anticipated that this new addition will increase the Center’s capacity to provide productivity enhancing recommendations to industrial and commercial enterprises in our region.

“This funding allows us to continue advancing our students and their experiences in the field and community college students at Delta Community College,” said Dr. Elizabeth Matthews, Associate Director for the MALT Center. “The partnership will provide us with new opportunities to impact our community on a greater level.”

The MALT Center is funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. MALT provides free on-site visits and assessment reports that outline how facility managers can update their systems to be more cost-effective, cleaner, and more secure.

Louisiana Tech’s Industrial Assessment Center has saved local companies $5.56 million through these energy saving assessments.