USPRISM ·

Research in Power Engineering in Scotland

Overview

USPRISM: U.S.-Scotland Program for Research on Integration of Renewable Energy Resources and SMart Grid

  • Destination: University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Duration: About 8 weeks during summer
  • Stipend: $500 per week
  • Travel: Two-way tickets, travel insurance, accommodation in Glasgow will be provided
  • Principal Investigators: Prof. Ali Mehrizi-Sani and Prof. Chen-Ching Liu
  • Email: mehrizi@eecs.wsu.edu
  • Phone: (509) 335-6249
  • Fax: (509) 335-3818

Program Summary and Information

This program prepares and sends a group of 6 students per year to the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, for a total of 8 weeks to perform research relevant to smart grid and the electric power system. The University of Strathclyde hosts one of the largest power programs in Europe and is a prime example of an institution with proven track record in research and industry collaboration. This program will provide students with experience in international research and helps prepare the next generation of US competitive STEM workforce capable of innovation, which is critical to the nation's health and economy.

If you are selected for this program, you will be part of an individual project but you will work on the same theme of integration of renewable energy resources in the smart grid with the rest of your cohort. You will receive close research mentorship by our collaborators from the University of Strathclyde, visit several partner industries, attend seminars, participate in two professional development workshops, and present your research results in a campus-wide poster symposium. You will also have access to the Energy Systems Innovation Center's (ESIC) network of industry sponsors and collaborators.

This program includes the following components.
  • Before departure:
    • Program orientation in Pullman
    • Predeparture one-way workshop
    • On-site orientation in Glasgow
  • In Scotland:
    • Research project
    • Seminar and industry visits
    • Reporting and meeting with supervisor
  • After return to the United States
    • Poster event
    • Closing ceremony
    • Final report and exit survey

Eligibility

To qualify for consideration, you must be a senior or junior undergraduate student or a graduate student in power engineering. As an undergraduate student, you need to have taken EE 361 Electric Power Systems (or equivalent; a course that discusses the basics of power systems). Moreover, you should

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (NSF requirement).
  • Have taken core power courses (at WSU, EE 361).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 (3.0 for Master's students).
  • Be interested in doing research in a foreign country.
The following will be a plus:
  • Having a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Previous participation in a research experience.
  • Prior experience in hands-on research.

Application Form

If you are interested, please apply below. Remember, we pay for almost everything and pay an additional $500/week stipend. The application deadline is March 25, 2017. The first cohort of students will be sent to Glasgow in May-June timeframe.


Announcements

11/27/2015: Website updated.

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