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North Carolina State University

Master of Electric Power Systems Engineering

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Abstract

North Carolina State University (NC State) is developing an intensive professional Master’s degree program for power system engineers and managers to develop and deploy next generation Smart Grid systems. The Master of Electric Power Systems Engineering (MEPSE) covers both core power engineering topics, Smart Grid applications, and cross-disciplinary courses, including risk management, communication skills, project management, engineering economics, and technical writing. MEPSE targets new graduates in the utility industry, displaced workers seeking a new career, and current utility industry employees seeking to enhance their skills. It is an intensive systems-focused, hands-on program designed for training a population with diverse backgrounds in approximately 10 months. NC State plans to grow the program through an innovative, real-time distance learning component to accommodate a broader audience.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880
304-285-4164
deborah.buterbaugh@netl.doe.gov

Mesut Baran
Principal Investigator
North Carolina State University
FREEDM Systems Center
Campus Box 7571
1791 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-515-5081
baran@ncsu.edu

At-A-Glance
Recipient: North Carolina State University
HQ State: North Carolina
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $3,403,458
Federal Share: $2,492,266
 
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Equipment:
Targeted Benefits:
  • A workforce trained in technical and professional skills that can provide leadership in transforming existing power systems to a Smart Grid
  • Displaced workers retrained for careers in the high-tech electric power industry
  • Industrial-academic collaboration in power energy education
  • Increased job placement opportunities in the power industry
  • Skilled workers that can meet the utility industry needs for the future