CLEMSON – Five utility companies have pledged a total of $100,000 to sponsor a visiting lecturer of power engineering this year in the Holcombe department of electrical and computer engineering at Clemson University.

Pledges from SCE&G, Progress Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy, Santee Cooper and Central Electric Power Electric Cooperative led to the hiring of Emeka Maduike, who will lead courses on electric-power engineering, electric machines and power-system analysis. He also will assist with Clemson University Electric Power Research Association (CUEPRA) projects, which promotes power-engineering education.

“It’s exciting the five state utilities have partnered to make such a wonderful addition to the electrical engineering program at Clemson,” said Robert S. Henry, Duke Energy vice president of system operations. “Dr. Maduike brings a wealth of experience lecturing in the area of power engineering and will no doubt help us develop the talent we need to meet the challenges we face in the electric utility industry and beyond.”

“Having the generous backing of these five utilities is tremendous,” said Adly Girgis, Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson and director of research activities of CUEPRA. “The power industry faces major challenges to keep power systems operating reliably and securely. With new developments in smart grid and renewable energy sources, the industry needs well-prepared engineers. Clemson has been partners with the power companies in the Carolinas since the 1980s. This partnership is essential to the power companies and to the university and is reflected in the high quality of graduates in power systems who are well prepared to meet future challenges.”

Maduike received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering at Norfolk State University in 1977. He received his master’s at Old Dominion University in 1979 and his doctorate at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1988. Before coming to Clemson, Maduike was a senior engineering consultant at Dashiell LLC in Houston.