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University of Colorado, Boulder

Strategic Networking Training for Power Systems


The University of Colorado is building a graduate engineering program with the capacity to train a large number of students from diverse backgrounds with the skills needed to be leaders in the next generation of Smart Grids. The Digital Energy Program focuses on networking, wireless communication, and cyber security within energy systems. Instruction is provided on-campus and through long distance learning. Students can earn a Master’s degree, a five-year joint electrical engineering Bachelor’s degree and telecommunications Master’s degree, or an Energy Communication Networks certificate. Discounts will be granted to students and scholarships will be given based on need or merit. Working with a large network of industry partners ensures that the curriculum is relevant and skills marketable, provides access to additional training opportunities and internships, and assists in job placement. Students will also work with industry and professional associations to increase employment networking.

Contact Information

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

Timothy Brown
Principal Investigator
University of Colorado - Boulder
3100 Marine St. – Room 479
Boulder, CO 80303-1058



Recipient: University of Colorado, Boulde
HQ State: Colorado
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $2,747,079
Federal Share: $2,470,343
Funding Program:
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Provide high-tech education in cutting-edge Smart Grid technologies
  • Increase job placement opportunities in the power industry
  • Engage active industrial participation in power energy education

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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