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Lehigh University

Keystone Smart Grid Fellowship Program


Lehigh University and the University of Pittsburgh are establishing a network of graduate Smart Grid fellows to help build a community of scholars who will be trained to become trainers of a skilled Smart Grid workforce. Lehigh University is modifying its current Master’s programs to include a specialized concentration of Smart Grid electives including courses such as Energy Generation, Communications and Networking for Smart Grid, and Energy System Engineering. Lehigh is recruiting professors currently teaching at community colleges and high schools, recent graduates of electrical and computer science engineering programs, and engineers focused on becoming trainers of electric power sector workers. The University of Pittsburgh is advancing its electric power and energy engineering education programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Enhancements to the core curriculum in electric power include new courses on Smart Grid Technologies, Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems, Power Electronics for T&D Applications - FACTS and HVDC, and Electrical Distribution Engineering. In addition, corporate partnerships and government funding are providing opportunities for collaborative research in these same areas.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Liang Cheng
Principal Investigator
Lehigh University
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Gregory Reed
Swanson School of Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
348 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15271

Recipient: Lehigh Universit
HQ State: Pennsylvania
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $879,674
Federal Share: $748,058
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Job retention and employee growth
  • High-tech education in cutting-edge Smart Grid technologies
  • National Smart Grid development
  • Engagement of corporate partners and regional economic development

The Department of Energy's Office of Electricity (OE) recognizes that our nation's sustained economic prosperity, quality of life, and global competitiveness depends on an abundance of secure, reliable, and affordable energy resources. OE leads the Department of Energy's efforts to ensure a resilient, and flexible electricity system in the United States. Learn more about OE >>

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