Our country’s electric grid is aging and doesn’t meet the demands of the 21st century and beyond. The people who will solve these problems—power systems engineers—are in short supply.
GEARED is solving that problem. Here’s information on ways you can be involved.
- How do I know if there’s a GEARED university in my area?
This Google map shows the current GEARED universities. Finding a non-GEARED affiliate university in your geographic territory is essential to being part of the Affiliate Membership program.
- I am a utility and want to join GEARED. How can I do that?
Under the current GEARED intiative, the GridEd consortium provides a pathway to be involved through its Affiliate University membership program. The goal of the Affiliate Membership program is to increase the number of utilities and universities that participate in GEARED. To become a member, utilities find a university partner usually one within a common geographic area, and agree to the roles and responsibilities of the Affiliate University membership program. Details can be found on GridEd’s website.
- How do I hire GEARED graduates?
There are a number of paths to hire GEARED graduates. Almost all universities have some type of career planning and placement office. Job opportunities are welcomed by universities, that will ensure a potential employer is connected with the appropriate power engineering liaison at the school. Universities also welcome internship opportunities for their students. In many cases, students find full-time, permanent employment upon graduation. Another option is an externship, where students are hired on a temporary basis after graduation. Internships and externships create an ongoing pipeline of talent for companies.
- How else can I be involved?
Along with internships and externships, mentoring is a critical functionutilities can play to guide students toward a successful career in the utility sector. By being on a university’s Power Engineering Advisory Board, utilities can share their insight and make recommendations to the power engineering department, especially for curriculum development. Partnering with universities helps develop a synergistic relationship with faculty that usually leads to R&D opportunities that benefit, faculty, students and the utility. Active engagement with faculty and students is fundamental to sustain successful, long-term relationships between academia and industry.
Want to know more? Contact Joe Sarubbi.