Siemens and Case Western Reserve University form academic partnership to train next generation of digital grid experts

On October 11, 2018, Siemens and Case Western Reserve announced the launch of a new Siemens Digital Grid Lab, operated by Dr. Marija Prica, as part of the new academic partnership to give students the tools to understand, navigate, and operate the nation's energy grid. The lab will be used as a crucial component to the new academic track comprised of both new curriculum and hands-on experiential learning that is focused on shifting the neergy landscape and addressing the needs for a 21st century power grid. 

This new track will add updated classes that cover a variety of focus areas within the energy sector, including advanced control of energy systems, reliability engineering, and power system analysis. The Digital Grid Lab will allow students to work with the software and hardware already being used to identify outages, manage advanced power distribution, balance the incorporation of renewable energy solutions, and help the grid quickly recover from natural disasters.

This partnerships aims to address the current skills gap within the energy industry. A recent U.S. Department of Energy jobs report found that the country does not have enough workers to satisfy the projected 1.5 million new energy jobs by 2030 and that 75% of companies face challenges in hiring qualified candidates.

Check out the video to get an inside look of the Digital Grid Lab.

To read the Daily's release of the partnership, visit thedaily.case.edu.