Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been chosen by National Grid to host the Northeast Power Symposium in order to identify the education and training needs of the power industry, looking ahead over the next five years and beyond.
A large attrition rate is anticipated among power engineers over the next five to 10 years. For more than a decade, WPI has provided focused Graduate Power Systems Engineering and Management certificates and degrees. These programs help prepare engineers and managers to address the power industry's critical technological and business issues.
Michael Ahern, Vice President of utility services at Northeast Utilities, will speak about his organization's support of an undergraduate degree in Connecticut. There will be discussion to help identify the key competencies and educational programs needed to staff 21st century power organizations.
Thursday, April 5, 2012, from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Higgins House, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.
WPI will extend an invitation to industry participants to join its newly formed Power Industry Advisory Council, and participants will hear information about WPI's cmpany-sponsored student ambassador programs – a unique approach for the university's undergraduate students to learn how to engage a variety of audiences, including K-12 students, in engineering and technical fields.