Dallas, TX -- Relay test: An on-going joint project between portable test equipment expert Megger and the University at Buffalo, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system, is delivering major benefits for the university and its students as well as Megger and its customers.
The project, which forms part of the iSEED (Institute for Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity) program and CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Program), involves the students developing new software modules for the latest state-of-the-art relay protection test systems. While participating in the project, the students work under the guidance not only of the university’s tutors, but also of engineers from the Megger organization who have wide and current practical experience in the relay test field and who act as mentors.
The university benefits by having access to the latest test equipment and from the up-to-the-minute input provided by the mentors from Megger, while the students enjoy both of these benefits plus the confidence-boosting opportunity to produce work that will ultimately be tested and used in a commercial environment. Megger benefits from having additional resources to develop the software modules, and Megger customers benefit by having faster delivery on new modules than would be possible without the cooperation of the university and its students.
“Using state of the art equipment and being guided by industrial mentors, adds value to our student educational program. Our students get the best of all worlds. They gained support and knowledge from an industrial partner; they are part of new institute on campus; they participated in multiple programs that immersed them into an intensive research experience, and they have had numerous opportunities to present their work. I am thankful and appreciative to be a small part in this experience,” said Dr. Zirnheld at the University at Buffalo.
To date, the students involved in the project have produced software modules for testing three popular and widely used types of protection relay. After final evaluation and verification have been completed, these new modules will be added to the library of modules that already forms part of the Megger¹s AVTS relay test software suite, and will be available for download by users of the company’s relay test equipment.