Power Engineering Society and Prof. Taufik Tour Nevada Power

May 15, 2008

Last Spring break (03/23/08 to 03/26/08), a group of students from the Power Engineering Society (PES) Club went on a field trip with Prof. Taufik to Nevada Power in Las Vegas. The group had a two day event: a visit to a power engineering career info session and a tour of Hoover Dam on the first day; and a tour of Nevada Power's Chuck Lenzie Generating Station. Our own EE alumnus Stacy Ward hosted, arranged, and coordinated the events.

The tour on Monday March 24 started at 9:00 a.m. at Nevada Power Headquarters in Las Vegas. Mr. Ward gave a presentation on the exciting and challenging area of power engineering, including advice on how students can prepare for careers in the utility industry. Prof. Taufik then gave a presentation on the power engineering specialization at Cal Poly. Several hiring managers attended the presentation. After lunch, the group went to Hoover Dam, where they spent 2-3 hours learning how the dam was constructed and hydropower plant operation.

On the second day, the group toured Nevada Power’s Chuck Lenzie Generating Station. The plant has 2 x 580-MW capacity and is located about 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Moapa Valley. Each of the two plants at this new gas-fired generating station includes two combustion turbines, a steam turbine and two heat recovery steam generators operating in combined-cycle mode.

Prof. Taufik would like to thank Mr. Stacy Ward for his continuing support of the Power Engineering Society Club. Most of the expenses including hotel accommodation, meals, transportation and the Hoover Dam tour fees were covered by Nevada Power, many thanks again to Mr. Ward.