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IGERT: Smart Grids: Technology, Human Behavior and Policy

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

This award supports the interdisciplinary training of Ph.D. scientists and engineers working in the development of modern, smart-grid power systems that operate with extensive interaction and data exchange between the utility company and the consumer. The educational program integrates technology, human behavior and policy within a complex systems framework in order to understand the coupled dynamics of the integrated power system.

This training program integrates education and research in complex systems modeling, human behavior, engineering, and policy at the University of Vermont (UVM) with expertise in modern electric power systems, renewable energy and high-performance computing at Sandia National Laboratories to train students to effectively deal with integrated technological-human-policy systems typical of the smart grid. Trainees will complete a summer internship at Sandia National Laboratories, engage in outreach activities with public museums and energy festivals in Vermont, work collaboratively with undergraduate students in game design at Champlain College, and visit the consortium of Vermont utility companies involved in developing the first state-wide smart grid in the nation.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Vermont

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Law & Government
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Natural Resources
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 2/1/2017
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