$4.4M Department of Energy Award to Develop Automated Resilience Management System (ARMS)

Utah Smart Energy Laboratory (U-Smart) has received a three-year, $4.4 million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening the resilience of the U.S. electricity grid. This project will develop an automated resilience management system (ARMS) to enhance the city’s power grid in case of a power outage.

The project partners include PacifiCorp, Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Idaho National Laboratory and Washington State University. Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, which services more than one million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, will work with the Utah Smart Energy Laboratory to test and validate the technology at multiple locations in Utah.

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Opening for Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Utah Smart Energy Laboratory at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Utah has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The candidates should have a strong background in mathematical optimization, machine learning, and power systems operation.

Strong candidates with proven record of participating/leading successful research projects may be considered for a Research Assistant Professor appointment. The position comes with a benefit package and salary commensurate with experience.

Applicants should apply for the position online at http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/88088

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the posting is open until the position is filled.

U-Smart Receives $2 million Grant to Enhance the Cyber-Physical Resiliency of Power Grid

The U-Smart lab is awarded a three-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research beginning July 1 to develop the next generation of microgrid controllers with built-in cyber-security solutions.

As part of this project, U-Smart will build and host a testbed to test and validate the microgrid controllers. U-Smart will also partner with the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Idaho National Lab and the U’s Office of Technology and Venture Commercialization to commercialize the technologies developed through the project.

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Parvania Receives 2017 IEEE Utah Section Outstanding Educator Award

Dr. Parvania receives the 2017 IEEE Utah Section Outstanding Educator Award. The award was given during the Awards banquet held on May 19, 2018.

The Outstanding Educator Award is given annually to a IEEE member who have inspired an appreciation and understanding of Mathematics, Science and Technology and the engineering process in students, and who have encouraged students to pursue technical careers.

Related news in IEEE Utah Section website: http://sites.ieee.org/utah/2017/06/06/2017-ieee-utah-section-award-recipients/

Parvania Receives 2018 Engineering Educator of the Year Award from Utah Engineers Council

Dr. Masood Parvania, Director of the Utah Smart Energy Lab, received the 2018 Engineering Educator of the Year award from the Utah Engineers Council during a banquet Feb. 24 at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

“I am honored to bring this award for the U engineering community and feel blessed that our dedication and hard work at the Utah Smart Energy Lab is recognized by this award,” he said. “I would like to thank all my students for their excellent work in the many research projects we are leading in at U-Smart.”

The Utah Engineers Council is an organization of engineering societies in the state that provide a place where they can work together to promote engineering in the state. The Engineering Educator of the Year award goes to one person in Utah who has been outstanding in furthering engineering education. Member societies that make up the council nominate those eligible for the award.

Read the full story at the College of Engineering and ECE department websites.