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Rockwell Automation Makes Gift to the Idaho State University Energy Systems Technology and Education Center

April 22, 2021

Leading provider of industrial automation equipment, Rockwell Automation, has gifted multiple programmable logic controllers and associated I/O modules to Idaho State University’s Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC). 
 
“Programmable logic controllers are the brains of modern industrial facilities” said Vince Bowen, Executive Director of ESTEC. “While students in all of our programs are exposed to core industrial automation concepts, this donation will especially help our Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) students stay up to date with the latest technology. Thank you, Rockwell.”
 
Established in 2007 with the help of the Idaho National Laboratory ESTEC, has the unique mission of preparing students to help design, build, operate and maintain industrial facilities ranging from water treatment plants to nuclear power stations. 
 
The donation was arranged by Ahmik Hindman and Tad Gropp who serve as members of ESTEC’s technical advisory committee. 
 
“We are excited by the breadth and depth we see at ESTEC” explained Hindman, an industrial cybersecurity specialist working out of Rockwell’s Seattle office, “Industry needs well-prepared technicians to take US manufacturing into a bright future.”
 
ESTEC produces about 55 of graduates per year, with strong salaries in high-demand engineering technology fields including electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, nuclear operations, and industrial cybersecurity.
 
“It is so fantastic to participate in an intense hands-on program like Electrical Engineering Technology at ISU, and to know we count on the support of leading industrial firms like Rockwell” said student Ezekiel Whitecar, who plans on entering a licensed electrician journeyman apprenticeship after graduating.
 
Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. They connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. 
 
To learn more about how Rockwell Automation is bringing the Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit www.rockwellautomation.com.