Get Students GEARED @ TechAdvantage



Student-centered activities at TechAdvantage are sponsored by a Department of Energy program called GEARED (Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment).  Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, the GEARED program is building an education and training framework that’s growing the expertise and readiness of current and future electric utility sector professionals specifically to accommodate high penetrations of solar electricity and other distributed technologies.

The motivation to create a program like GEARED comes from several challenges: an aging utility workforce; the large number of imminent retirements in U.S. universities; and the need to significantly upgrade the curriculum of power systems engineering programs to address projected industry needs. Equally important, GEARED is filling an urgent need for increased power systems research, development and analytical capacity, and for integrating these findings into education and training. Through GEARED, a national network of centers that support power systems training and curriculum development based on research, development, data generation, collection, analysis and simulation is being created.

As part of this grant, NRECA has teamed up with the following universities to better prepare student engineers for an electrical industry that has an increasing concentration of solar and other distributed technologies:

  • Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • University of Illinois
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Wisconsin

Learn more about GEARED and how students are connecting with co-ops.

Why Students Should Attend TechAdvantage?? TechAdvantage is a unique opportunity for university students to learn more about the electric utility industry and the cooperative business model in a personal, one-on-one experience!

  • Network with electric utility engineers
  • Attend conference sessions where engineers discuss current challenges, solutions, and lessons learned
  • Explore the EXPO where 300+ exhibitors showcase the latest tools, technologies and services

Here’s what students experienced at last year’s TechAdvantage conference