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05-14-2014

Clarkson University Grad Student Recognized For Energy Project

Clarkson University graduate student Amir Enayati was recently awarded third place at the Advanced Energy 2014 conference for a poster presentation outlining his research on power system protection.
 
Amir Enayati (left) and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Thomas Ortmeyer.Enayati, who is from Tehran, Iran, received his master's degree in electrical engineering last year from Clarkson and is now a Ph.D. candidate working in Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Thomas Ortmeyer's lab. His project is a power system protection laboratory where students can study power system protection and relay communications. The protection aspect includes isolating the damage caused by short circuits due to fallen trees, lightning, ice storms, etc.

“We developed this project on a workforce development grant from the Department of Energy,” Ortmeyer says. “My colleagues Paul McGrath and Lei Wu and I have been developing the curriculum for three years. We have a good number of students who go on to careers in this area. We have another training grant coming up, so we'll be continuing these efforts.”

Ortmeyer adds, “There's a huge amount of change in the industry now, and this conference provided an opportunity to get people on the same page. It's really an exciting time to be in this business.”

Philip K. Hopke, Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor, is director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University. He commented on Enayati's power system protection lab, saying it offers “a cost-effective approach to studying critical parts of a smart grid system as well being able to train students to work with such technologies in the evolving power industry.”

For Enayati, the Albany conference was an opportunity to show his work as well as rub elbows with leaders in the industry and see displays of the latest technologies. Sponsors and exhibitors included NYSERDA, National Grid, New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Stony Brook University.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University graduate student Amir Enayati was recently awarded third place at the Advanced Energy 2014 conference for a poster presentation outlining his research on power system protection. Above, Enayati (left) and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Thomas Ortmeyer.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/enayati-ortmeyer.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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