Last month, I spent four 12 hour+ days at the DistribuTECH 2016 conference in Orlando. Despite the marathon days, conferences are where friends and colleagues converge to satisfy our inherent need to connect. I like conferences for exactly that reason.

‘Focused on the Future’ was the theme of DistribuTECH 2016

For three of those four days, I was on GEARED booth detail (Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment), often in the company of graduate and undergraduates pursuing power systems engineering at U.S. universities. Because they’re part of the GEARED initiative, their studies have a special focus: how to innovate to integrate large amounts of renewables onto the grid. Our next gen power systems workforce is in the queue.

Two informational videos about GEARED and FEEDER – sponsored by Siemens and produced by PennWell – were released at the Siemens mega-booth. Interviews with DOE, educators and students tell the GEARED story: how academia, government and industry are in sync developing a strong impact culture of the next gen power systems workforce.

“I can see myself working with research and design of new technologies that generate, transmit and distribute energy that the world needs.”

Monica Mercado-Oliveras, senior electrical engineering power systems student at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, member of FEEDER Student Innovation Board.

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