The GE Smart Grid Fellowship Program, which was established in the fall of 2010, will underwrite the education of 11 graduate students over two years. The program has two main goals: to advance research into a self-monitoring and self-regulating network of electric power and to prepare the next generation of engineers and software developers to enter the energy industry.
Each fellowship student will work with a dedicated Clarkson professor and a GE representative to develop research projects and conduct experiments.
Clarkson President Tony Collins says the University and GE “have a long history of collaboration and this represents a great opportunity to expand that relationship in one of our signature research areas. With the world’s pressing issues demanding more renewable energy, this fellowship program gives our students a unique opportunity to work directly with industry to develop technologies for the next generation of the Smart Grid.”
Clarkson’s graduate students are working on different tracks of Smart Grid research, including increased communication between consumers and the grid and economic models of energy costs.
Dan Heintzelman GE Energy Services president & CEO, reports, “During our first round project reviews, which were conducted recently, the GE team was very impressed with the knowledge and articulation of the students and the depth of the Smart Grid research programs, which the students chose. We look forward to continuing a close partnership of Smart Grid research with Clarkson well into the future.” Currently, over 590 Clarkson alumni work for different divisions of GE around the globe, including several top executives.
Located in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university. One in six alumni is a CEO, VP, or equivalent senior executive position.