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May 1, 2012
CSU's College of Engineering graduate students André Dozier, Joe Liberatore and Matthew Veghte, were nominated for and subsequently received the IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes for a paper written in an electrical power engineering course (ECE 565, to be offered as ECE 508 in fall 2012) taught by Siddharth Suryanarayanan, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dozier is a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Liberatore and Veghte are in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
This society-level award selects recipients through a competitive, vetted nomination process. The selected paper, titled Unscheduled Flow within Deregulated Electricity Markets: Bridging the Gap between the Western Electric Power Industry and Academia, provided an extensive literature review on the mitigation of power transmission allocation problems due to unscheduled power flow in a deregulated electricity market.
Unscheduled flows of electricity are notorious for causing system-wide grid events such as blackouts and elevated prices of electricity. A proper understanding of this phenomenon and subsequent solutions will help in making the electricity grid smarter. Suryanarayanan and his team are engaged in quantifying the impact of high penetration of wind power sources in the western grid vis-a-vis unscheduled flows through a research grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.
As part of the award, the team will receive $1,500, an expense paid trip for one of the students to attend an IEEE PES General Meeting and a recognition plaque recognizing the team and supervising professor.
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