UC Merced Update

SoCal Edison Gift Funds Energy, Water Research


Les StarckDozens of UC Merced students will be able to research new ways of increasing energy efficiency and protecting our environmental resources thanks to a $250,000 gift to the campus from Southern California Edison (SCE).

Between two installments of $125,000, one in 2010 and one in 2011, the gift will benefit a total of 46 undergraduate and four graduate students in UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) and Solar Power Forecasting Initiative. In addition, two UC Merced students will receive internships with SCE.

Les Starck, SCE’s vice president of local public affairs, said the gift is an investment in future technologies that will ultimately improve energy efficiency and water resource management on a global scale.

“UC Merced is already making great strides in areas of study that are critical to our future as an energy provider and our ability as a society to deal with the extreme challenges we face,” Starck said. “The work being conducted by these future engineers and scientists means so much to Californians and to the world of energy and water.”