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Development of a New Course on Smart-grid Communication and Security for Senior Undergraduate and Graduate Students

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 6

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Electrical and Computer

Page Count

14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--30324

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https://peer.asee.org/30324

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Sasan Haghani University of the District of Columbia

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Sasan Haghani, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia. His research interests include the application of wireless sensor networks in biomedical and environmental domains, smart grid communications and security and performance analysis of communication systems over fading channels.

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Abstract

While the deployment of the smart grid, modernizing the nation’s electric power infrastructure, is currently in the public eye with attention paid predominantly to deployment of advanced equipment, technologies and applications, a less prominent but equally vital factor to the smart grid’s success is the need for a highly skilled electric power sector workforce. With the current labor force aging, a considerable number of the most knowledgeable workers in the power industry are heading toward retirement. Furthermore, even the most experienced workers often lack the updated skills and training needed to successfully support the advanced systems, tools and devices that make up the smart grid. An important aspect of the smart grid is communication and security. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and to train our students in the area of smart gird, a new course titled “Smart Grid Communications and Security” was developed and offered to train students with the required skills to succeed in this competitive job market.

This paper presents the development of this new multidisciplinary course at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia. The course content includes various communication technologies that are essential in the evolution of smart grid, types of cyber-attacks on the grid, privacy and security issues, and their possible solutions. This paper will discuss the course content, the pedagogical approach used to deliver the course and the students’ projects and presentations that have resulted from its offering.

Haghani, S. (2018, June), Development of a New Course on Smart-grid Communication and Security for Senior Undergraduate and Graduate Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30324

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