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How WSU Works with Industry to Make a Smarter Grid

by Alyssa Patrick
March 20, 2015

We were excited to have WSU professor Chen-Ching Liu in Seattle last week to share the latest smart grid developments with business and community leaders at the Technology Alliance Discovery Series breakfast.

Dr. Liu is director of WSU's Energy Systems Innovation Center, an interdisciplinary research and industry collaboration that aims to develop a smart grid that meets the needs and concerns of consumers. Read about the Center's current major research and workforce development efforts below. 

Robotic orchard bins to be tested by WSU scientists

January 15, 2015
by Scott Weybright

Washington State University researchers were awarded a $1 million federal grant to develop an intelligent bin management system supported by a robotic self-propelled fruit bin carrier in tree fruit orchards.

"This grant gives us the chance to convert what we thought would work into something that orchards can use," said Dr. Qin Zhang, who will lead the research. "It's one aspect to help address the overall labor shortage that orchards are dealing with." The manually operated research prototype of a self-propelled bin carrier created by WSU researchers.

Seely takes advantage of Pullman's big city living

January 14, 2015
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Unlike most students who come to WSU, Warren Seely came to Pullman to experience the big city.

Seely, a senior in electrical engineering with an emphasis in power engineering, is originally from tiny Clatskanie, Oregon, where his family has a 500-acre mint farm. He is one of the few students who call Pullman "large.''

"But,'' he adds, "It still has a small-town feel to it and a friendly, open atmosphere.''

Governor Inslee's Proclamation-Computer Science Education Week

WHEREAS, the field of computer science and computing technology  reimagines how people interact with each other and the world around them, and is transforming industries, creating new fields of commerce, driving innovation in science, and bolstering productivity  in established economic sectors; and

WHEREAS, the outlook for family-wage jobs  in computer science is bright, one in every two STEM jobs in the country is in computing occupations; and

WHEREAS, giving students the chance to participate in computer science activities exposes them to the opportunities the field offers and provides critical thinking skills that will serve them throughout their lives; and

Venkatasubramanian named an IEEE fellow

November 25, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. - Vaithianathan (Mani) Venkatasubramanian, professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

He was recognized for contributions to online detection of oscillatory behavior of electric power systems.

With WSU since 1992, he holds several patents for real-time stability monitoring in power systems using synchronized wide-area measurements.

Alum honored for tech career achievement, student support

November 14, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland  College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. - Gaymond and Cindy Schultz of Reno, Nev., were honored recently by the Washington State University Alumni Association for cutting-edge work in the telecommunications industry and for mentoring students in the WSU Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute.

Nov. 13: Schweitzer to receive top alumni award

October 30,2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. - Edmund O. Schweitzer III, founder and president of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and a pioneer in digital protection for the electric power grid, will receive the 2014 Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington State University's highest alumni honor.

A reception - followed by the award presentation and lecture, "Serving the Electrical World from the Home of WSU" - will begin at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the CUB junior ballroom at WSU Pullman.

Frank Hirahara: WSU Alum Documents Japanese Internment

October 24, 2014
Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Frank Hirahara (BS, EE, 1948) passed away in 2006, but his legacy lives on in thousands of photos that document the dark history of Japanese internment in the U.S. during WWII.

Originally from Yakima, Washington, Hirahara was 16 in 1942 when he and his family, along with over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans all along the West Coast, were wrongly imprisoned in concentration camps due to wartime hysteria and prejudice. Hirahara was sent to the bleak Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming for two and a half years. There, he and his father,  who were avid photographers, took more than 2000 photos and built a secret darkroom under their barrack apartment as they documented life inside an internment camp.

Grant funds 'smart city' power grid lab at WSU

October 17, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. - Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive "smart city" laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies.

Scientists have received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to build a city of the future in WSU's engineering buildings complete with simulated windmills, solar panels, fuel cells, power substations and smart meters.

In a sea of crimson, Voiland College celebrates new name

September 19, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. - When Gene Voiland graduated from Washington State University in 1969, he wanted to get out of Pullman and leave a history of parking tickets behind.

He never dreamed that he would come back one day to join a joyous celebration that included about 800 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends for the naming of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

The education and mentoring that he received at WSU from professors like George Austin left an indelible mark on him and allowed him and his wife Linda to thrive, Voiland told the large crowd at Thursday's celebration on the Pullman campus.

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