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Paulo Ribeiro - Center for Advanced Power Systems

Advanced Electric Power Systems Research and Developments

Dates: September 2006 August 2007

Location: Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), Florida State University (FSU)

Objective of the Institution/Center: CAPS was created five years ago to support USA research and development in the area of electric power systems. The Center (CAPS) has served DOE, ONR/Navy, NASA, EPRI, National Laboratories, electric utilities, and industry.

Activities and Benefits: My main activities will involve becoming an active member of several research and development projects. This process will involve also advising graduate students, post-doctoral members of the team, and technicians. Since the work will involve computer modeling and simulation that will be implemented on a Real Time Digital Simulator, I will also be working closely with computer specialists. Also I may become involved with some teaching of special graduate topics and making seminar presentations.

The Engineering Department at Calvin College values industrial experience and considers consulting work to fall under the research, consulting, and scholarly area of our job description. In an effort to keep current in power system design development, I have been consulting at CAPS over the past five and a half years. I was generally able to work 6-8 hours/week during the academic year and generally full-time over the summer months.

Recently CAPS approached me and asked if I would be interested in working with them on a new DOE Grant (among other projects) to study ways to improve the reliability of the US Transmission and Distribution Grid. This Grant is administered by the US Department of Energy Office of Electric Transmission and Distribution. The nation's electric transmission and distribution grid is a complex system that brings electricity into millions of American homes and businesses each day. The ability of this system to function reliably and provide abundant, accessible, and affordable electricity is a cornerstone of the American economy. This is an excellent opportunity for my development and experience, and it will further enhance my ability to teach and help students connect concepts from the several courses I teach to the timely and urgent societal and infrastructure and technological problems by looking into new technologies and strategies.

My goal, with funding from the Spoelhof Family Externship program, is to gain additional experience with the new technologies. This externship will allow me to become involved and learn the state of the art in electric power technological developments, manage and advise future researchers and faculty, and deal with real-world challenges and opportunities.

I would very much like to thank the Spoelhof family for their vision and generosity to allow Calvin faculty to participate in an externship and become conversant in the technologies being developed so that we can more effectively function as agents of redemption in a fallen world. This program will also enable faculty to become better teachers and shapers of the next generation of Reformed thinkers and doers.