UTC Welcomes Dr. Raziq Yaqub to the Department of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Raziq Yaqub joins the Department of Electrical Engineering as an Associate Professor. Dr. Yaqub has extensive experience in wireless communications, receiving numerous patents for his work. He will be teaching a combined graduate / undergraduate class on the smart grid.

IEC 61850 Seminar at UTC

UTC, TVA, and IEEE cordially invite you to attend a technical IEC 61850 Seminar by Omicron electronics. IEC 61850, the standard for ‚ÄúCommunication networks and systems in substations‚ÄĚ, utilizes network technologies for all kinds of information exchange within a substation. It represents the next step in the integration of multifunctional IEDs based on the development and implementation of advanced distributed protection and controls functions.

This seminar is specifically tailored to project planners, operating and commissioning staff who need to understand how to take full advantage of this potential for successful application.

The key speaker is Dr. Alexander Apostolov, principle engineer at OMICRON electronics Corporation. He is an IEEE Fellow and Member of the Power Systems Relaying Committee and Substations C0 Subcommittee. He is the past Chairman of the Relay Communications Subcommittee, serves on multiple IEEE PES Working Groups and is Chairman of Working Group C9: Guide for Abnormal Frequency Load Shedding and Restoration. Dr. Apostolov is also an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer.

This day-long seminar on the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) 61850 standard for substation communication is sponsored by TVA, IEEE, and UTC. It will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, starting at 8:00am at UTC.

Though the seminar is free, space is limited and reservations required. Please see the seminar flyer for registration information.

UTC selected for $2.4 million Department of Energy grant to develop programs for workforce training in the electric power sector

As the nation prepares to meet the needs of the future by updating its electric power system, new training opportunities are needed to develop a well-trained, highly skilled electric power sector workforce. The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) has been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Energy for workforce training for the electric power sector. This award will be matched with $270,000 from UTC and through equipment donations. The principal investigators on the project are Dr. Ahmed Eltom, Dr. Stephen Craven, and Dr. Ed McMahon.

The college will work with Chattanooga State, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA), the Electric Power Board (EPB), and Tennessee Workforce Development to increase access to educational opportunities for electric power sector employees to prepare them for smart grid technology applications, increase the number of engineers from undergraduate and graduate programs who are prepared to support the electric power sector especially with regards to supporting application of smart power distribution, and increase the number of middle and high school students who are aware of the career opportunities in the electric power sector. The college plans to maximize the impact of the training by offering programs in Power Systems and Power Systems Management online.

As a result of this grant the College of Engineering and Computer Science will be able to develop an innovative power curriculum and state of the art laboratories, attract more students at the undergraduate and graduate level, attract highly qualified faculty, and conduct research in alternative energy, energy efficiency, and new power system technologies.

The investigators would like to thank Chattanooga State, TVA, TVPPA, EPB, Tennessee Workforce Development, the UTC Grants Office, and the faculty and staff of the College of Engineering for their efforts in support of this grant. The official Department of Energy announcement can be found here.