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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MnDRIVE Grant Awarded to Professor Elizabeth Wilson


Humphrey Professor Elizabeth Wilson was recently awarded a grant through Minnesota's Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative. The project, "Sustainable Energy Systems: Control Systems and Sensors to Link Rural Renewables and Demand for Sustainable Industrial Energy in Food Processing Systems" will be a part of the MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program. Wilson and an interdisciplinary team from across the University of Minnesota will explore challenges related to integrating renewable energy sources into Minnesota's grid system.

Read more about Professor Wilson's project

Autonomous Vehicles: The Legal and Policy Road Ahead

On October 31, Leili Fatehi, a visiting scientist in the Humphrey Science, Technology & Environmental Policy area, helped to organize the event, "Autonomous Vehicles: The Legal and Policy Road Ahead."

Held at the Humphrey School, the conference hosted a multidisciplinary group of leaders from academia, government, industry, and civil society to explore the legal, ethical, technical, and policy dimensions of automated and autonomous vehicles at the local, state, and national levels.

Learn more about the conference.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Professor Elizabeth Wilson Discusses 'Smart Grid (R)Evolution'


On October 16 as a part of the ongoing STEP-FAR series, Humphrey School Professor Elizabeth Wilson presented on her new book "Smart Grid Revolution - Electric Power Struggles." A recording of her talk is now available online.

Wilson published the book along with co-authors Jennie Stephens and Tarla Rai Peterson.

According to Wilson, the term "smart grid" has become a catch-all phrase to represent the potential benefits of a revamped and more sophisticated electricity system that can fulfill several societal expectations related to enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability.

Although discussions about smart grid have been dominated by technical and economic dimensions, Wilson's book takes a sociotechnical systems perspective to explore critical questions shaping energy system transitions. It will be invaluable for advanced students, academic researchers, and energy professionals in a wide range of disciplines, including energy studies, environmental and energy policy, environmental science, sustainability science, and electrical and environmental engineering.

The STEP FAR series is designed for students, staff, faculty, and fellows to get together in an informal setting to discuss their projects, research-in-progress, opportunities, and a variety of other issues related to science, technology, environment, energy, and policy. Learn more about the STEP-Far series.
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