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The Ohio State University

I-SMART: Integrated Curriculum for Smart Power Engineering


The Ohio State University (OSU) is developing courses and web-enabled distance learning systems to educate next-generation engineering students and electric power engineers from power companies and manufacturers. The I-SMART curriculum will bridge the gap between basic education for the electric power sector and the needs of the Smart Grid, such as power electronics, distributed control, networks and communications, sustainable energy, clean coal technology, high voltage engineering, and game theory-based policy and pricing. OSU will use its novel Hardware-in-the-Loopbased Virtual Smart Grid Test Platform as a training tool to simulate Smart Grid sub-systems. As a partner, American Electric Power will use their gridSMART SM facilities for demonstrations and tours, and will provide expertise in course development.

Contact Information

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

Jin Wang
Principal Investigator
The Ohio State University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2015 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210-1272

Recipient: The Ohio State Universit
HQ State: Ohio
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $3,748,546
Federal Share: $2,499,939
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Targeted Benefits:
  • I-SMART certified students will graduate work-force ready into newly created jobs in the electric power industry
  • 150 professional engineering jobs will be retained through training on the new power grid technology
  • Teachers will have the knowledge to increase awareness of Smart Grid careers
  • Ancillary jobs will be created in business, accounting, and management in support of the increased number of engineering jobs

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