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UTPB's College of Engineering receives grant for A.I. Research

The nearly $300,000 grant will be used to purchase specialized simulators for education and research.
Credit: UTPB

ODESSA, Texas — The Univeristy of Texas Permian Basin College of Engeering has been awarded a grant for Artifical Intelligence Research. 

The nearly $300,000 grant will be used to help buy specialized simulators for research and education. 

These grants are typically awarded to universities that are Minority Serving Institutions like UTPB. 

“We are so grateful to have been selected for this award,” said College of Engineering professor, Omar Beg, PhD. “This funding will allow us to usher in a new era of research and education for our students and our region.” 

Summer camps will be available to school-aged students for A.I. research. Electircal Engineering undergraduates will also have a new summer research project created for them to train on model electric power distribution systems. 

“Application of artificial intelligence for control and cyber-security of modern power systems is a new research domain," Dr. Beg said. "The simulators purchased out of this grant will be a great step toward advancement of research and education in this filed. This will distinguish us from other universities.”