Clarkson University professor selected for IBM Smarter Planet award
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 2:38 pm

POTSDAM – A Clarkson University professor has been selected for an IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award to develop a course on modeling problems and solutions of the power grid of the future.

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Lei Wu will teach specialized methods of analyzing power grid problems.

IBM created the $10,000 Smarter Planet awards to help universities develop innovative new curricula that address the global challenges of transportation, health care, water, energy and other systems.

The new courses hope to prepare students for leadership in a variety of industries, aiming to spark collaboration and innovation.

With concerns about mounting environmental and financial costs of the U.S. power grid, there is increasing interest in “Smart Grid” technology that might provide abundant, affordable, clean, and reliable electricity anytime, anywhere.

Wu's course will focus on micro and macro topics pertaining to the secure and economical operation of a future power system.