Upgrades to help improve infrastructure, support operational excellence, and enhance the student lifelong learning experience
As part of its 10-year strategic plan, “Morgan Transformation 2030: Leading the Future,” Baltimore-based Morgan State University (MSU) is well on its way to becoming a smart, connected campus of the future. Improvements currently underway include the implementation of a series of modernization upgrades to the university’s HVAC, security, fire and life safety systems with a focus on energy efficiency , resilience and sustainability. All work is covered by a master service agreement between Maryland Clean Energy Center, Siemens and MSU to support the transformation of the university campus.
Like many other higher education institutions, MSU faces significant deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs. COVID-19 has contributed to accelerating the need for repairs and upgrades as facilities and equipment have lain idle or underutilized due to a campus closure. With the help of federal COVID Relief funding, the university was able to address some areas of concern, such as improving indoor air quality; however, there is still work to be done. Through its partnership with Siemens, MSU is taking proactive steps to become a state-of-the-art “smart campus” focused on energy efficiency and production through systems integration and digitalization with substantial investments in clean and renewable solutions.
“In our strategic plan, we have made it a deliberate goal to improve campus-wide infrastructure to support operational excellence and increase overall institutional capacity. One way to do this is to invest strategically in our campus facilities,” said David Wilson, Ed.D., president of Morgan State University. “In order to become the leaders they are meant to be, our students need a healthy, safe, secure and resilient campus environment. Working in partnership with Siemens to develop a more sustainable learning and teaching environment for our community moves us in the right direction. »
“The vision of this partnership in the areas of energy conservation, decarbonization and STEM education will serve as a model for a Smart Campus by underscoring our shared commitment to sustainability and society,” adds Paul Hayes, President, Regional Solutions & Services, Americas for Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA. “We are proud to play a role in MSU’s long-term strategic plan for institutional success.”
As Dr. Wilson notes, sustainability is important, not just for the campus and buildings, but also for students and faculty. In an effort to help institutions achieve their sustainability goals, Siemens Financial Services (SFS) – the finance arm of Siemens – is providing capital for this project.
“Sustainability and decarbonization have been core initiatives for Siemens for many years,” said Markus Edstrom, Head of SFS Commercial Finance Americas. “We are pleased to see institutions such as MSU taking the initiative to reduce their carbon footprint by focusing on their energy efficiency, which is directly in line with SFS’s vision to help even more small and medium-sized businesses move to net zero in the future.”
MSU remains first among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for producing African American graduates in electrical, civil, and industrial engineering. Recently, Siemens, with support from the Siemens Empower program, collaborated with Morgan’s Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering to host Mechatronics: PLC Programming Education for students pursuing a degree in Mechatronics Engineering. The training familiarizes students with the Siemens S7-based learning system, covering areas such as Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) operation, PLC programming, event sequencing, controller instructions, and more. timer/counter controller and I/O simulators. Training begins this summer.
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