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Sustainable Grid Integration of Distributed and Renewable Resources

Education and Training

Pecan Street offers a problem-oriented framework on which to base a consolidated effort to integrate education, research, and training. The effort also provides the impetus to develop a degree specialization in energy systems at UT, comprising an eight course sequence that would be broad enough to accommodate a wide range of academic backgrounds and would expose a graduate student to multiple facets of renewable energy systems, including energy technology, fundamental science and engineering, energy policy, and law/business/economics.  IGERT Fellows will also be expected to create educational modules and curricula; volunteer in the local community; conduct at least one internship or international experience; participate in a seminar series; and attend skills-training workshops.  IGERT fellows, working alongside high school math and science educators, will develop course materials in support of UTeachEngineering, which is an NSF-funded initiative to develop a national model for preparing educators to teach high school engineering.  In addition, IGERT Fellows will be responsible for drafting content for a graduate-level course on the Grid of The Future. Each Fellow will produce a graduate level educational module based on their research such that over the span of the IGERT’s 5-year program, 30 to 45 modules will be generated, enough for a semester-long graduate course. For the required internships, we will work closely with Sandia National Laboratory, Austin Energy, and Pecan Street corporate partners, some of which are global companies, and students will have opportunities to participate in internships and service projects at TU München.