Eaton, HIT Launch Joint Electrical, Hydraulics Labs and HIT- Eaton Engineering Education Center in Harbin

Date: Sep.09, 2013

HARBIN … Power management company Eaton and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), one of the top universities in China, this month opened two new HIT-Eaton joint labs at the university -- an electrical lab and a hydraulics lab -- and also launched the HIT-Eaton Engineering Education Center in Harbin. Curt Hutchins, president of Eaton’s Asia Pacific region; Wang Shuquan, party secretary for HIT; Xu Dianguo, HIT president assistant; and faculty attended the opening ceremony on September 9. This event marks another step forward in the cooperation between Eaton and China’s leading academic institutions.

"As a global leader in electrical and hydraulic engineering technology, Eaton is excited to take this step forward in extending our partnership with the Harbin Institute of Technology,” Eaton’s Curt Hutchins said at the opening ceremony. “Eaton is committed to developing the talent of engineering specialists in China. The establishment of the joint labs and the internship program will enable us to better support HIT’s scientific research and foster innovation in China’s power management industry.”

Eaton helped establish the HIT-Eaton electrical lab and provided advanced electrical equipment such as uninterruptible power systems (UPS), SmartWire DT control panel wiring, converter, smart switch technology and PowerXpert monitoring software that can be used for innovation experiments and in the teaching of comprehensive courses for undergraduate and graduate students. By integrating teaching and research resources, the cooperation between HIT and Eaton aims to provide students with access to sophisticated technologies in power quality, electricity transmission and distribution and power management. Eaton has provided research equipment such as electromagnetic steering valves, safety valves and cartridge valves for the hydraulics lab to promote undergraduate and graduate education and research in hydraulic innovations.

The HIT-Eaton Engineering Education Center serves as an incubator for first-rate engineers and engineering talents. It’s committed to enhancing students’ team spirit, communicative ability and leadership towards becoming excellent engineering practitioners and innovators. Open to HIT students from the School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, School of Mechatronic Engineering and School of Energy Science and Engineering, the program offers teaching assistance, training programs, internship opportunities, career guidance and other services.

As one of the leading global enterprises dedicated to supporting China’s research and development, Eaton has partnered with HIT since 2008 when the two entered an R&D sponsorship agreement to promote technological innovations and talent development in the power management industry. The research findings of the project, “High-Performance Digital Cockpit Control Panel (CCP) System for Air Craft Systems”, have been applied in the C919 joint venture between Eaton and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), an example of enterprises helping to advance research and development in key national scientific projects. Eaton later signed a strategic partnership agreement with the university and donated RMB 100,000 to the HIT Education and Development Foundation. The donation was used to set up the HIT-Eaton Innovation Scholarship, a program aiming to encourage innovation and recognize high-achieving HIT students. Eaton has continued to work with HIT faculty to extend the partnership and several Eaton executives serve as part-time instructors at HIT.

As a proponent of indigenous innovation in China, Eaton has been involved in research and development initiatives with several universities such as the Beijing Institute of Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and South China University of Technology.
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