Working with the University of Washington (UW) and Northwest power industry organizations, a group of Washington State University (WSU) researchers has received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a program to train engineers in clean energy and smart grid technology.
The three-year project is set to receive funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
‘We recognize that it is not enough to train the engineering workforce needed to deploy new clean energy sources and operate the smart grid, but we also need to cultivate the engineering talent that will invent and design next-generation green technologies and information technologies for the power sector,’ says Anjan Bose, regents professor at WSU's school of electrical engineering and computer science.
While the WSU/UW project will strengthen existing degree programs in power engineering, it will also allow for the development of an undergraduate certificate, graduate-level certificate and a professional master's degree in the area of clean energy and smart grid engineering, according to the university.
Those who are currently working in the power industry will be able to take the courses online.
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