A group of 12 environmental professionals from Mexico are visiting Duquesne University through Saturday, June 5, as part of a federally sponsored exchange program.
The visit is supported by a $300,000 federal grant to expand economic development in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Partners in the venture are the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) in Monterrey, Mexico, and Duquesne’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE).
While in Pittsburgh, the Mexican delegation will:
- Discuss sources of financing for renewable energy and U.S. and European energy policies
- Tour the University’s cogeneration facilities and learn about energy optimization analysis software
- Learn about regional solar, alternative fuels and wind-power businesses.
- Discuss technologies in environmentally friendly buildings and workplaces, among other topics.
The three-year project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through a Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships (TIES) grant, includes an exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program enables graduate students from UANL’s School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering to study for one year at CERE to gain a 15-credit graduate certificate in environmental management. Executive education for environmental professionals will be provided by the SBDC, and energy-related trade missions are planned by both countries.
Duquesne University is one of 55 U.S. academic institutions with TIES grants. The USAID office in Mexico developed the TIES program to expand trade and investment between the U.S. and Mexico by empowering students, faculty, small Mexican businesses and entrepreneurs to be more globally competitive.