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Syracuse University

Multi-Institutional Curriculum Development and Delivery to Create the New Smart Grid Workforce

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Syracuse University and collaborating partners are creating an innovative curriculum to deliver regional and distance offerings of associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees in Smart Grid technologies. This multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary effort includes participation from academic and industry partners, and technology manufacturers. The curriculum includes a comprehensive spectrum of knowledge and skills from Smart Grid basics to the technical requirements associated with the design, security, and operation of communication and control devices. Curriculum courses include topics such as Advances in Grid Infrastructure, Smart Grid Security, Monitoring and Diagnostics, Bulk Power Transmission Systems, Wireless Networking, and Modern Power Systems. The project will be conducted at four locations in upstate New York: Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Potsdam. Courses will be delivered in the classroom, online, in cyber laboratories, and will include site visits to installations of Smart Grid components. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working with National Grid’s Smart Technology Centre in Liverpool, New York. Plans also include the establishment of a Power Systems Laboratory at the University of Buffalo and Buffalo State College, and a Sensor and Measurement Laboratory and a Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory at Syracuse University.

Contact Information

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

Chilukuri Mohan
Principal Investigator
Syracuse University
4-206 Center for Science &Technology
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100

Recipient: Syracuse University
HQ State: New York
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $3,159,080
Federal Share: $2,500,000
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Job retention and employee growth
  • Workforce trained in technical and professional skills that can provide leadership in transforming existing power systems to a Smart Grid
  • Re-train displaced workers and prepare them for careers in the high-tech electric power industry
  • Active industrial participation in power energy education Highly skilled, electric power workforce trained in cutting-edge Smart Grid technologies