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Research Experience for Undergraduates: Learning First-Hand with Industry Experts

UConn faculty and students in the Eversource Energy Center summer research fellowship program on “Power Grid Resilience to Severe Storms in a Changing Environment,”visited Berlin recently, to see first-hand how their research at the Center directly benefits electric utility operations. A tour of Berlin including CONVEX, the Systems Operations Center and the Incident Command Center, and a networking session with Eversource project leads for storm outage forecasting, power grid resilience and vegetation management, increased the students’ awareness of the importance of their research in minimizing power interruptions and maximizing our restoration success when interruptions do occur. Our Center has awarded five Center-funded fellowships to undergraduate students this year from Yale, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University and UConn. In mid-July 2017 the students will present the research results to Center management, UConn faculty and Eversource leads.

Here are the projects underway and the participating students:

  1. Using weather data to assess predictive outage uncertainty and accelerate storm restoration
    • Ryan Rackliffe (North Carolina State University
  2. Effects of roadside forest management treatments on tree and forest ecosystem structure and functioning
    • Angie Green (Virginia Tech)
  3. Assessing infrastructure and vegetation change using LiDAR
    • Lilly Orr (UConn)
  4. Evaluation of Substations Vulnerability of Flooding in Current and Climate Change Scenarios
    • Roxie Trachtenberg (Yale University)
  5. Grid Resilience Assessment Using the GoldSim Model
    • William Hughes (UConn)

Published: June 7, 2017

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