College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Opportunities for seed grants to support student research on the topic of agrivoltaics

The Agriculture and Solar Together: Research Opportunities (ASTRO) advisory group members come from across the United States and represent leading solar industry partners, state agencies, and other organizations focused on research, food and agricultural, and the environment. 

Zhaoyu Wang featured by ISU Foundation for advancing Iowa State as a world leader

Zhaoyu Wang, a former Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor and currently the Northrop Grumman Associate Professor in electrical and computer engineering, knows America’s aging power grids are not prepared for the peril posed by climate change and cyberattacks. It’s one of America’s most pressing energy and infrastructure issues, for which Wang is seeking solutions through Department of Energy-funded research on microgrids.

Macrogrid study: Big value in connecting America’s eastern and western power grids

A “macrogrid” that increases the electricity moving between America’s Eastern and Western interconnections, two of the biggest power grids on the planet, would more than pay for itself, according to research papers published this summer and fall by the Interconnections Seam Study. An Iowa State research team developed computer models for the study.

Iowa State, Illinois cybersecurity experts working to protect region’s infrastructure

Cybersecurity experts from Iowa State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working to build a coalition that will train and educate a workforce capable of defending critical infrastructure, including energy providers, from computer attacks. A two-year, $2 million grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, a part of the National Security Agency, will support the project.

EPRC Student Scoop: Jinqiang Liu

During his time at Iowa State University, Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student Jinqiang Liu has collaborated with multiple individuals to help develop a solar crate. The Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State has received a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to develop a solar power crate to be installed at …Continue reading “EPRC Student Scoop: Jinqiang Liu”

Tapping smart meters’ potential for grid resilience: Zhaoyu Wang receives NSF CAREER award

Zhaoyu Wang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected for the 2021 National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). CAREER awards are the NSF’s most prestigious awards given to early-career faculty. The program aims to build a firm foundation for leadership in integrating research and education. Problem: Enhanced electric grid …Continue reading “Tapping smart meters’ potential for grid resilience: Zhaoyu Wang receives NSF CAREER award”

EPRC Student Scoop: Nick David

Graduate student Nick David collaborated with many others to develop a solar crate. The Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State University has received a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to develop a solar power crate to be installed at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. David recently received his Ph.D. in electrical …Continue reading “EPRC Student Scoop: Nick David”

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