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Penn State Berks receives research grants from the Greater Reading Chamber

Penn State Berks received two of four research grants awarded by the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the sustainability conference, hosted by the Chamber and the Home Builders Association of Berks County. The conference was held on Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Inn at Reading in Wyomissing.

The Chamber awarded nearly $30,000 in grants to complete four research projects that will help develop services and technologies, provide real-world experience for students, and apply faculty expertise to solve business issues.

Penn State Berks received $7,991 for a research project with Reading Electric Renewables, Muhlenberg Township. Dr. Shiyoung Lee, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering; Dr. Dale H. Litwhiler, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology; Jeff Wike, Supervisor, Electrical Engineering Labs; and three students, will design and install a fully functional solar-powered electric vehicle charging station for electric vehicles.

Penn State Berks also received $5,970 for a research project with Giorgio Fresh Co., Muhlenberg Township. Dr. Hassan Gourama, Associate Professor of Food Science, and one undergraduate student will determine the microbiological guideline levels to monitor the shelf life of mushrooms.

Albright College and Kutztown University also received grants for research projects at the conference.

In October, the Greater Reading Keystone Innovation Zone, a program housed at the Chamber, was awarded $50,000 to accelerate technology transfer efforts by connecting business and academia.

Funding is provided by the state Department of Community & Economic Development to help start-up companies succeed and equip Pennsylvania's colleges and universities with the resources to commercialize new technologies.
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