The primary objectives of GridEd are to:
- Leverage and incorporate high-level research already performed and ongoing within the GridEd collaboration into educational offerings.
- Products include regular undergraduate and graduate programs, custom-tailored short courses, tutorials, workshops, symposia, open-access courses, and other methods of delivery.
- Priorities are set in consultation with utility and electric industry advisors for the benefit and development of all aspects of their diverse workforce.
- Coordinate with GEARED National Network Administrator and other GEARED institutes.
GridEd will define and develop educational offerings for all levels, including:
- K thru 12 students.
- Undergraduate and graduate students.
- Practicing engineers pursuing a professional master's degree or graduate certificate.
- Mature and experienced engineers seeking to understanding and developing skills to address the evolving energy systems.
Training future, new, and existing professional engineers will poise the industry for success. The robust GridEd training program includes two main channels of expert knowledge. First, the results of decades of research on integrating renewable energy sources into the grid will inform the GridEd courses. Second, the expert knowledge that would normally be lost by attrition (such as through retirement) will be captured by an aggressive effort to monitor the state of employees and interview them before their expertise is lost. The result will be training material in many forms suited to specifically educate college and university students—the next generation of electric industry employees—as well as existing employees.
Scope and Key Milestones
- Identify utility industry needs and knowledge gaps related to distributed energy resources.
- Identify gaps in existing undergraduate and graduate level power system programs, curricula, and course content.
- Develop a curriculum and course materials for academic and professional training courses.
- Deliver short courses on selected topics related to renewable energy.
- Develop e-learning modules for open-access subscription.
- Disseminate outreach material to K thru 12 students.
- Train additional instructors from both academia and utilities to increase the number of competent trainers nationwide.