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National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce


National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), in partnership with George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, is producing videos that target senior high school or first-year college students. Each video covers a fundamental electromagnetic concept integral to the deployment of Smart Grid or a particular piece of grid equipment. The videos incorporate a short interview with a subject matter expert, equipment demonstration, and may include scenes from equipment assembly, installation, and use. The subject matter experts will also serve as virtual mentors. The videos will be integrated into basic electrical engineering curriculum and posted electronically for use by colleges, training centers, and the general public. Filming will be done on-site at the facilities of leading power equipment manufacturers, such as A123, Hazle Spindle, Cooper Power Systems, Eaton Corporation, Itron, Leviton, Nexans/The Valley Group, Rockwell Automation, Southwire, and Thomas & Betts. Podcasts will be produced that incorporate openended questions with student-selected experts on their experiences in the power sector.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Gene Eckhart
Principal Investigator
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
1300 N 17th Street
Arlington, VA 22209-3801

Recipient: National Electrical Manufacturers Associatio
HQ State: Virginia
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $317,800
Federal Share: $247,360
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Job placement and growth
  • Industrial participation in power energy education
  • Increased knowledge about the power sector through wide distribution of training materials

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