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Planning For A Power Engineering Institute

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Trends in Energy Conversion/Conservation

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9.992.1 - 9.992.10



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Frank Pietryga

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Gregory Dick

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Jerry Samples

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Session Number 2233

Planning for a Power Engineer ing Institute

Fr ank W. Pietr yga, Gr egor y M. Dick, J er r y W. Samples

Univer sity of Pittsbur gh at J ohnstown


Anecdotal evidence suggests that emphasis on power engineering education has decreased during the past decade. As the demand for electrical power increases in the future, our power grid will become more complex and proper training of recent graduates and experienced power engineers will be essential for our survival. The recent electrical blackout of the North Eastern region of the United States reminds us that power generation, transmission, and distribution are critical to the nation’s security. The EET program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) continues to maintain a strong curriculum in electrical power engineering. The centerpiece of this program is a $300,000 Power System Simulator 1, one of only a few in the country. The simulator is a small power system consisting of scaled generators, transmission systems, substations, various loads, circuit breakers, relaying, and instrumentation. A supervisory mode PC enables the real time supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) functions of the Power System Simulator. UPJ plans to expand its contributions to power engineering by establishing a Power Engineering Institute to better service the needs of the electrical power industry. The purpose of the Power Engineering Institute is to provide basic and advanced continuing education to power systems and electrical utility engineers as well as further strengthen the undergraduate program in electrical power engineering at UPJ. The institute project is now in the planning stage that includes:

Assessing the state of power engineering education in the region

Assessing the requirements of the electrical power utility industry

Exploring cooperative opportunities with other educational/training organizations and electrical utilities

Developing a program which completely utilizes the capabilities of the Power System Simulator for both training and research

The purpose of this paper is to summarize the current state of the project, to describe the planning for the next stage of development for the Power Engineering Institute at UPJ, and to solicit cooperating partners.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Pietryga, F., & Dick, G., & Samples, J. (2004, June), Planning For A Power Engineering Institute Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13055

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