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Clarkson University Professor Lei Wu Receives IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Lei Wu has been selected for an IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award to develop a course on stochastic optimization and coordination control of the future power grid.

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Lei Wu 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 will prepare students for future leadership in a variety of industries by exposing them to “Watson-like” technologies in the classroom, sparking collaboration and innovation. 

With concerns about the environmental and financial costs of the our current U.S. power grid mounting, there is increasing interest in Smart Grid technology that will connect everyone to abundant, affordable, clean, and reliable electricity anytime, anywhere.

The Smart Grid of the future will integrate advanced functions of customer participation, distributed generation and storage, into the electric grid. Wu’s course will focus on topics pertaining to the secure and economical operation of the future power system at both macro and micro levels.

Wu's course will further strengthen the University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s power systems curriculum and Smart Grid research.

Wu has more than 10 years of research experience in the areas of energy and power systems. He spent last summer consulting with the New York Independent System Operators organization to review their Business Management System (BMS) and Energy Management System (EMS) for power market operation in New York State.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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