Education: Our Near-Term Plan

TBEIC’s 2012 near-term plan will entail implementing an educational curriculum to train the needed workforce for this emerging industry:   Companies will need trained engineers and designers familiar with the requirements for the smart grid.  In addition, customers will be hesitant to adopt any new technology if trained and qualified workers are unavailable to operate and/or service the equipment and/or facilities. 

The combination of teaching resources at YSU, Universaity of Akron, and Eastern Gateway Community College, coupled with state-of-the-art testing and research laboratories among the TBEIC and its collaborators and demonstration facilities will provide students and workers with unparalleled opportunities to perform in this field. 

YSU, UAkron, and EGCC will collaborate on developing a curriculum to train Ohioans for jobs in this emerging field. Drs. Jalal Jalali, Frank Li , Maluk Elbeluk, and Farama Mossiaby are also leading a national activity to develop ABET curriculum for undergraduate and advanced programs for graduate students at their respective universities in power engineering for the smart grid. 

Both the specialized testing facilities and the demonstration facilities will provide opportunities for student field trips and summer internships. Graduate students from YSU, UAkron, EG, and other universities will also conduct research for their masters and doctoral dissertations using these facilities.

The curriculum developed by the faculty along with the valuable hands-on training experience gained at these facilities will prepare future technologists and engineers to support the smart grid products and services industry.


A Little Light

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