PULLMAN, Wash. - Just how exactly will the smart grid get smart?
Anyone who really wants to know can learn about the latest smart grid technology on Friday, March 16, when Washington State University will host the first conference on a key smart grid component, synchrophasors.
Synchrophasors may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but they play an increasingly significant role in helping the power grid run efficiently. Synchrophasors at power substations measure electric signals several times a second. The data is synchronized by a GPS unit, time-stamped and then reported back to grid control centers.
By having the information synced and timed, operators eventually will be able to transmit more electricity over transmission lines, maximize efficiency and more quickly diagnose problems because they will know exactly what is happening throughout the system at any moment.
The Electrical Engineering Employment Exposition was held on February 28 in the CUB Jr. Ballroom. This is the career fair that IEEE has hosted for many years, at least 30 years at this point. It was originally focused on Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science majors. Over the past few years, more companies have attended that recruit all engineering disciplines, but it still has an emphasis on EECS majors. Many companies and students were in attendance. If you would like to know more about this EECS club, please follow this link.
Here are some highlights of the day's event: