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Can Combating Climate Change Result in Renaissance of Electric Power Engineering?

June 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

This presentation will discuss the educational needs of electric power systems today. With climate change upon us, of our own making, how we produce, transmit, and consume electricity must undergo a radical change.  This presentation will contend that this climate-crisis is a great opportunity for us, leading to the renaissance of electric power engineering. 

In doing so, we need to take a holistic connotation of “power systems” that recognizes that power electronics, electric drives, economics, public policy, etc. will all play crucial roles in the next-generation power systems. In addition to relevant research, therefore, a large number of courses, that are synergistic, are needed.

This presentation will argue the following:

1) We should teach a university-wide climate-change related course on power/energy to the freshman that we could also teach to high school students,

2) To juniors and seniors, we should offer only a very few carefully-designed courses to train them broadly, and

3) At the graduate level, we should be open to allow our graduates to take a few online courses for credits from outside of their home institutions because no university has neither the required faculty nor the critical mass of students to teach certain courses.

Besides, this presentation will highlight some of the research being conducted at the University of Minnesota and its practical relevance.

Room: A-1160
Bldg: Building A
1100 rue Notre-Dame O,
Montreal, Quebec
H3C 1K3


June 21, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT