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As part of a larger strategy, GE is offering the following program to further advance smart grid technologies and methodologies in the Atlanta area. The Smart Grid Challenge Program is an opportunity for graduate and post graduate level students to help solve real world, applicable problems while developing their own innovative and collaborative skills.

To meet the approaching industry demand for experienced Electrical, Power Systems, and Systems Engineers, we want to offer intelligent, self-motivated students the opportunity and experience to develop the required skills to solve the challenges that the smart grid presents. We want to create and build experience in the complex field of energy transmission and distribution, demand management, and asset optimization in this new generation of students to better prepare them for future exploration and work in the energy industry.

GE Energy Management has developed several smart grid-related problem statements that several teams of students will be assigned to solve. These cross-functional teams will consist of students from several disciplines and will be required to collaborate to achieve a technically feasible and economically viable solution. The separate teams will compete against each other to provide the best all around solution to the stated problem. The final solution will be a simulation that demonstrates the desired results. Teams with the best solution for each problem will be awarded a cash prize.

Participation is fully funded. Students will receive a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) as they develop their solutions. In addition, students will develop valuable, relevant experience in the quickly expanding field of Energy Transmission and Distribution (T&D) and Power Systems Technologies. In turn, GE furthers our relationship with Georgia Tech while increasing the technical domain expertise in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.

Contact your professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Systems Engineering (AE), or the Graduate Programs at the College of Management (MGT) for more for more details on how to participate. This is a valuable opportunity to work with an energy industry leader on one of the largest problems the country has faced in the past 20 years.