WPI to Host Energy Symposium to Address Needs of Industry

October 17, 2012

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been chosen by National Grid to host an Energy 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.


WPI has extended invitations to industry leaders, including its newly formed Energy Strategy Board, as well as its own faculty experts. Michael Ahern, WPI's new Director of Power Systems, will moderate the Symposium.


Monday, October 22, 2012, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Campus Center Odeum, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

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Participants will hear information about WPI's company-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. The group will also discuss initiatives to begin to address key industry issues including cyber security, growing dependence on natural gas, and the integration of smart grid technology.