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THE BRIDGE – The Magazine of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu: Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

Date: February 2015
The Bridge

As an honor society, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu promotes and encourages the work of outstanding students, educators and members. To promote this work, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu publishes a digital magazine called THE BRIDGE.

In the February 2015 edition, THE BRIDGE's theme is "Smart Grid and Renewable Energy." As a result, many of the feature articles in the magazine describe developments in the electric power infrastructure, the role of information technology, and new workforce needs.

Read all THE BRIDGE articles by clicking here.

Developing exemplary smart cities for a smarter world

Date: March/April 2015

Urbanization is rapidly growing. To sustain cities that cater to a population that requires ubiquitous connections and access to services such as electricity and water, new initiatives are being created to create and support what is known as "smart cities." The idea of a smart city is becoming more clear as technological advancements continue their upward trend and clean energy becomes more universally available. The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative (SCI) is an example of a new organization that fosters the creation of global smart cities that allow urbanization to flourish and advance. Through IEEE SCI, the Internet of Things, the smart grid and other promising technologies provide the framework for smart cities to take shape, but they also pose many engineering challenges. The future is bright for smart cities; today, new organizations and networks are helping aid its success through interoperability and compatibility solutions. Read more.

Father of the Smart Grid: Dr. Massoud Amin Recognized as "Thought Leader of the Year"

Date: March 18, 2015

In a recent announcement by the Energy Thought Summit (ETS), University of Minnesota Professor and IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin received the "Thought Leader of the Year" award. As a first-of-its-kind endowment, the "Thought Leader of the Year" award recognizes "an individual with an inventive, brave vision to inspire the global energy ecosystem," according to ETS. Dr. Amin was selected by a committee of his peers and colleagues from around the world--all who have also made significant contributions to the energy industry.

"I'm humbled and honored by this recognition," Dr. Amin said regarding the award. In addition to his professorship with the University of Minnesota and position with IEEE Smart Grid, Dr. Amin is also the director of the Technological Leadership Institute and Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership.

Dr. Amin is known as the "father of the smart grid" because of his teachings and work on power grid theory and research throughout the past three decades. A long list of his accomplishments includes high-ranking involvement with the IEEE, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Texas Reliability Entity, and Midwest Reliability Organization. Most notably, Dr. Amin's expert knowledge on grid security has led to a recent interview on NPR and many other notable media outlets. He has also advised the White House, governors and other agencies on matters related to cyber security.

The award will be presented during the 2015 Energy Thought Summit (ETS15), which is being held March 25-26, 2015 in Austin, Texas. During ETS15, Dr. Amin plans to deliver the "2020 Outlook" and will participate in a panel discussion.

For more information and a previous interview with Dr. Amin, click here.

IEEE: Smart grid progress on several fronts

Date: February 16, 2015

In this SmartGridNews interview with Professor Saifur Rahman, the issue of smart grid developments is closely examined and scrutinized. Where are we today in the development of a U.S. smart grid solution? Professor Rahman offers his perspective on what the U.S. utilities are doing to implement progress on a step-by-step basis: from installing smart meters to developing software. Furthermore, Professor Rahman provides a global snapshot of the smart grid industry as a means to show how far the industry has come as a whole. Read more.

Smart Grid in India: Charting the Course

Date: Feb 2015
Electric Monitor

India is an emerging economy with great strength, potential and influence. It's also rife with power sector problems--from electricity theft to mismanagement in the power supply. Tommy Wayne, VP of Meetings with the IEEE Power & Energy Society, explores India's current electric grid challenges and poses a new course of action: solving problems with technology. Wayne points out that India's challenges are rather unique--often mired in social anxieties. However, it's combining private sector advantages with government policies that will move India in a forward direction.. Read more.

Smart Grids Will Anchor the Future of Energy

Date: January 8, 2015
Intelligent Utility

IEEE Fellow and Smart Grid Expert John McDonald appraises the future of energy, its distribution, its management and the overall business of generation. McDonald outlines five requirements for intelligently distributing electricity via the smart grid: smart meters, metering communications, outage management systems, geographic information systems and distribution management systems. And what do these all have in common (aside from the obvious)? Big data and the Internet of Things play lead roles in how they all work together. Read more.

SAFE ELECTRICITY - NESC celebrates a century of safety improvements and looks forward to 100 years more

Date: Jan/Feb 2015
Rural Electric Magazine

Celebrating its 100th birthday, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) was established to protect utility workers during their very important work on electric lines in the U.S. After examining the NESC's history in this Rural Electric Magazine article, it's time to look at the code of tomorrow. The NESC committee is currently revising the code to make the proper enhancements to adhere with today's standards--set to go into effect in 2017. And every person involved with the electric grid is invited to the table to debate every aspect of the next generation of NESC. Read more.

The Wicked Problem of Privacy and Security in the Opportunity Driven Connected Person World

Date: December 23, 2014
Connect World

Standards, cybersecurity and the grid... they all go together through what's now known as the "connected person." The IEEE Standards Association's Managing Director, Konstantinos Karachalios, dissects how privacy and security have been compromised due to the concerns with how people are "connected ubiquitously across smart cities, smart buildings, smart cars and, perhaps, through sensors...." By highlighting the importance of "OpenStand" principles, information privacy and security are top-of-mind as more and more standards are developed to protect the future of innovation. Read more.

How to Achieve Multi-Dimensional Collaboration in eHealth Innovation

Date: December 17, 2014
MedCity News

Interoperability is the name of the game, as a technology-driven society becomes more and more connected through smart devices, smart vehicles and the smart grid. Bill Ash, strategic program director for the IEEE Standards Association, delves into the enhancements in healthcare and how e-health creates a new avenue of opportunity. IEEE-SA's progress in standardization of innovations in healthcare web off into other areas of interest, such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things, networking communications and delivery of electricity. Read more.

2015: The Year Ahead

Date: December 17, 2014
Electricity Today

Like any responsible (and effective) smart grid expert, Steven Collier looks at the year ahead for the global electric grid. Collier views the future of the electric grid and compares it to how the communications grid changed with the introduction and expansion of the Internet. As new business models take shape and give way to new products, services, applications and more, the smart grid will exist as a cornerstone effort to a foundation that's bright but also a distance away. 2015 is just part of the overall evolution of the grid. Read more.

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