Research in Power Engineering in Scotland


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

The program is supported by NSF grant OISE-2017301 entitled "IRES: USPRISM: U.S.-Scotland Program for Research on Integration of renewable energy resources and SMart grid."

  • Destination: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 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 (WSU) and Prof. Chen-Ching Liu (Virginia Tech)
  • Email:
  • Phone: (509) 335-6249
  • Fax: (509) 335-3818

Program Summary and Information

This program, now in its third year, 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 or Blacksburg (will be announced later)
    • Predeparture one-way workshop
    • On-site orientation in Glasgow
  • In Scotland:
    • Research project
    • Seminar and industry visits
    • Reporting and meeting with supervisor
    • Poster event
    • Closing ceremony
  • After return to the United States
    • Final report and exit survey


The program is open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. You do not have to be a student at WSU or Virginia Tech. To qualify for consideration, you must be a good senior or junior undergraduate student or a graduate student in power engineering. That is, you should

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (NSF requirement).
  • Have taken core power courses per your home school's curriculum.
  • 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 February 15, 2019. The second cohort of students will be sent to Glasgow in May-June timeframe.


9/27/2018: Wesite updated.

11/27/2015: Website updated.

Heading using the h3 tag

School of EECS, PO Box 642752, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-2752 USA.