S&T to launch microgrid training program

Missouri S&T will receive $4.3 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to develop a power engineering curriculum and launch the Mid-America Regional Microgrid Education and Training Consortium (MARMET). S&T will lead the consortium.

The award is part of a program aimed at lowering the cost of solar-generated electricity, integrating solar energy into the current power grid, and supporting a growing U.S. solar workforce.

“The primary goal of this consortium is to integrate cutting-edge research and advanced instructional methods to create a flexible, evolving approach to microgrid and distributed energy resources training for all levels of students,” says Mariesa Crow, the Fred W. Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The consortium will do this by developing and distributing modular course material that reflects the newest trends in microgrid engineering. Working with Crow are Jonathan Kimball, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Suzanna Long, Hist’84, Phys’84, MS EMgt’04, PhD EMgt’07, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering, and Angela Rolufs, EMgt’84, director of the office of sustainable energy and environmental engagement.

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