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Multi-institutional Smart Grid Laboratory

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Curriculum and Facility Developments for Innovative Energy Education

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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25.956.1 - 25.956.10



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Ilya Y. Grinberg Buffalo State College

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Ilya Grinberg graduated from the L’viv Polytechnic Institute (L’viv, Ukraine) with an M.S in E.E. and earned a Ph.D. degree from the Moscow Institute of Civil Engineering (Moscow, Russia). He has more than 30 years of experience in design and consulting in the field of power distribution systems and design automation. He has over 36 published papers. Currently he is professor of engineering technology at Buffalo State College. His interests are in the field of electric power distribution systems analysis, design automation, and systems engineering.

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Mohammed Safiuddin University at Buffalo, SUNY

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Mohammed Safiuddin has a B.E. (electrical) Osmania University, India; a M.S.E.E. University of Illinois); a M.B.A. and a Ph.D., UB (SUNY). He is a Junior Engineer, Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Board (India) (1958-1959), and worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y. (1960-1985). He was a Research Professor, Advanced Technology Applications, Electrical Engineering, University, Buffalo (SUNY) (1977-2010). He is President, STS International, Amherst, N.Y. (1985-present). Technical interests cover static power conversion and optimal control systems applied to industrial processes, energy conservation, and energy management. He holds 10 patents in this field and has published numerous technical papers. He is a IEEE Life Fellow, awarded the Roscoe Allen Gold Medal (1957, Osmania University) for excellence in hydraulics and the "IUSD Award of Merit" in 1992 (IEEE-Industry Applications Society), and recognized for meritorious achievement in continuing education by the IEEE-EAB award for the year 2000. He is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Beta Gamma Sigma (business) honor societies, and "Eminent Engineer" member Tau Beta Pi (engineering).

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Multi-Institutional Smart Grid LaboratoryRecent years saw an unprecedented growth of awareness in aging utilities infrastructure andworkforce. Significant Government and industry funding is being targeted towardsimplementation of Smart Grid as well as other activities to modernize existing electric powersystem. These efforts are critical to achieving renewable energy development, electric vehicleadoption, and energy efficiency improvements. Existing skills shortage and aging workforce inpower industry makes it critical to reinvent commitment to training of current workforce andeducating new cadre of power engineering professionals.Such education and training requires cooperation of constituents including academia, powerutilities, and manufacturers of electrical equipment.Smart Grid laboratory had been established at a collaborative effort of two academicinstitutions (... and ...).Laboratory is equipped with state-of the art equipment and is serving as a teaching tool forundergraduates and research lab for graduate students.This paper addresses development of the lab, describes curriculum areas affected, and elaborateson multiple activities engaging students in active learning and research.

Grinberg, I. Y., & Safiuddin, M. (2012, June), Multi-institutional Smart Grid Laboratory Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21713

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