Student Projects

GridEd is undertaking an initiative to support undergraduate design projects with a focus on power engineering or data analytics related to the power system. This effort seeks to help students gain practical experience in developing an approach to design activities helping to prepare them to meet the future challenges of the evolving power system. For qualifying applicants, GridEd offers financial support (up to $5k per project) for undergraduate design projects meeting the following requirements

Requirements for Award Consideration:

GridEd seeks to prepare future power engineers and data scientists entering the power industry and will only consider projects related to engineering and data analytics challenges associated with generation, transmission, distribution or end use of electric power.

Application Process:

Proposals for projects which meet the above criteria may be submitted to GridEd at any time but must be submitted by Friday, October 18th, 2019 to be considered. To submit a proposal, complete the following proposal template and send an email to afeser@epri.com by 5:00pm EDT on Friday, October 18th, 2019.

GridEd Undergraduate Design Project Proposal Template (170 KB)

Award Process:

GridEd will assemble a review committee comprised of personnel from EPRI and professors from participating GridEd universities to evaluate the qualifying* proposals based on the criteria below. Award notifications will be made by October 31, 2019.

*Qualifying proposals must be submitted by the application deadline using the GridEd Undergraduate Design Project Proposal Template (see link above) and meet all stated requirements for award consideration. Proposal forms must be no longer than 3 pages.

Award Criteria:

  • Technical Merit: the project description sufficiently describes the design challenge and technical requirements necessary for successful completion. The proposed project scope is related to power engineering concepts which are expected aid students in understanding the fundamental principles and overcome challenges associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, and end use of electric power.

  • Timeline: Projects must start within 6 months of the award date. GridEd will consider existing projects which are still seeking additional support. Projects may be short-term semester style initiatives or larger multi-year investigations. GridEd will make only one award per project per year based on available funding. Each awardee is expected to submit a summary of results to date (5-page maximum) to GridEd prior to graduation or within one year of award selection.

  • Budget: A budget breakdown of expected project costs related to the award funding must be provided. While total project budget may be any amount, GridEd will only make awards up to $5,000 in support of the project. Sufficient detail should be provided which describes why GridEd funding is needed and for what it will be used. Applicable expenses may include items such as (but not limited to) equipment for testing, materials for prototyping, costs for modeling, printing costs, conference fees, or student travel to conferences to present results. GridEd will not consider projects which plan to use award funding to support work study, stipends, or scholarships, including graduate student assistantships or PhD research.



Searching for relevant design project ideas and need data? EPRI's Distribution Modernization Demonstration (DMD) Initiative is seeking universities interested in solving data analytics problems related to the electric power industry. Please visit the DMD webpage related to this Data Mining Initiative (http://smartgrid.epri.com/DMD-DMI.aspx) or contact Jared Green (jgreen@epri.com or 865-360-7967) for more information.

2017 Prior Award Submissions:

For questions related to GridEd's support of Undergraduate Design Projects, please contact us at afeser@epri.com

University Undergraduate Design Project Title
Buffalo State Enhancement of Transactive Energy Test Bed+D9:I as Related to Microgrid with Deployment of Synchrophasors for Protection, Monitoring and Control
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Estimation of Behind-Meter Renewable Generation from Power Consumption Data - Phase 2
University of Colorado Denver Energy Management System
Western Washington University Distribution System Fault Location Identification: A Quickest Change Approach

2016 Prior Award Submissions:

For questions related to GridEd's support of Undergraduate Design Projects, please contact us at afeser@epri.com

University Undergraduate Design Project Title
Buffalo State Testbed for Transactive Energy and its Effects on the Distribution System and Protective Devices Settings
California Polytechnic State University Microgrid System Protection
Colorado School of Mines Advancement in Electric Drives and Motor Design as Applied to the Steel Industry and Electrical System Design Calculations
University of California, Irvine Evaluation of Power-to-Gas for the State of California in Various Renewable Energy Scenarios
West Texas A&M University Photovoltaic Battery Charger for Residential Microgrid
North Carolina State University Distributed Energy Generation and Storage System Design
Oregon Institute of Technology Three-Phase Variable Frequency Motor Controller & Inverter Implemented using Space Vector Pulse Width Modulation on a Field Programmable Gate Array
Oregon Institute of Technology Second Life Battery Characterization
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Estimation of Behind-Meter Renewable Generation from Power Consumption Data
University of Louisville An AC Microgrid Test Bed for Exposure to Power Systems Concepts
Western Washington University A Statistical Framework for Real-Time Event Detection in Power Systems