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First Faculty Forum Discusses Projects for $1 Million Funding in 2016-2017

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, UConn’s Eversource Energy Center hosted the first annual Faculty Forum to engage industry partners, UConn faculty, government agencies, and academic institutions in a presentation of forthcoming research topics. Six projects, totaling $1 million, will be funded by the Center in the 2016-2017 academic year. The Forum engaged over 50 participants representing the expertise within UConn and business and industry organizations.

Dr. Manos Anagnostou, Director of the Eversource Energy Center, welcomed participants and the collaboration enjoyed with Eversource and partnering organizations. Dr. Lawrence Silbart, UConn Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of UConn’s School of Engineering, and Ken Bowes, Eversource Vice President of Engineering opened the Forum with insights on emerging utility research opportunities to benefit communities, town leaders, and the utility industry as a whole. Topics spanned the social and economic benefits of resiliency programs, distributed energy resources, cyber and physical security, vegetation management, and sea level rise and flooding impacts.

UConn faculty members presented current research projects under the areas of Storm Outage Forecasting, Tree and Forest Management, and Electric Grid Hardening. Researchers and participants met in breakout rooms with the Eversource points of contact to discuss potential initiatives and scope in a one-on-one setting.

Attention all participants: Notices of intent for submitting project proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016. Final proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016. Proposals must be submitted to EversourceEnergyCenter@uconn.edu. For more information on the proposal solicitation, please visit: https://www.eversource.uconn.edu/faculty-forum.html.

Published: June 1, 2016

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