The Department of Energy awarded a cooperative agreement on January 16, 2009, to the Arizona State University (ASU) Board of Regents to operate the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC).  PSERC is a collaboration of 13 universities with 35 electricity industry member organizations including utilities, transmission companies, vendors and research organizations. The Center conducts cutting edge research related to all aspects of the electric power industry and takes pride in training and producing high quality students to support the nation’s energy work force.  Since it was formed in 1996, PSERC researchers have completed almost 80 research projects that were planned and executed in collaboration with one or more industry members. 

The funds support multi-disciplinary research at ASU and at other participating PSERC universities working under subcontracts with ASU. The cooperative agreement is for five years at a total value of $18,750,000, with the Department providing $15 million and the universities providing $3,750,000 (a 20 percent cost share).

PSERC’s University members include:

Arizona State University    University of California at Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania  Colorado School of Mines
Cornell University, New York  Georgia Institute of Technology
Howard University, District of Columbia  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
 Iowa State University    Texas A&M University
Washington State UniversityWichita State University, Kansas
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

The value of PSERC research is leveraged by its association with its industry members, and its affiliation with the non-profit Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, comprised of four national laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia), an industry partner (the Electric Power Group), and PSERC.  This university, laboratory, private sector combination enables a seamless collaboration to move electric power technologies through the research, development, and demonstration phases and to commercialize new methods, tools and technologies to protect and enhance the reliability of the U.S. electric power system. 

PSERC serves to educate both the next generation of electric power professors and electrical engineers for the power industry.  PSERC facilitates efficient employment searches through industry-student interactions at industry meetings, student involvement in PSERC projects, web site postings, and email announcements. PSERC has also created a national power engineering job search web site in cooperation with the IEEE Power and Energy Society. 


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