W&J’s “Grid Academy” program starts tonight!

Washington & Jefferson University is hosting a new iteration of the successful “Grid Academy” program, pioneered in 2014 by a unique partnership of the Allegheny Conference and the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering Ambassador Program.

The Grid Academy program seeks to raise awareness of how our electric grid operates and effects all of our lives, so that we can all be better informed on the important related policy and regulatory issues.

The first session is TONIGHT, Sept 10th at W&J’s campus.  See below for more information and to register.  They are offering PDUs for those who qualify.

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Brings you



Session I – Today’s Grid: A System Under Pressure
Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Yost Auditorium, Burnett Center;  W&J Campus


John A. Swanson, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Technologist, ANSYS, Inc.; Member, National Academy of Engineering

Gregory F. Reed, Ph.D.
Director of Center for Energy and of the Electric Power Initiative; Professor at Swanson School of Engineering, U. of Pittsburgh

Developed by the Science and Engineering Ambassadors Program of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, this 4-session program explores the challenges and opportunities the U.S. faces in adapting its electric power system to meet changing demands, technologies, business models and threats.

Session I will examine the history and current status of the grid system and the pressures prompting its adaptation.  The discussion will also address the integration of new fuel sources and the role of energy storage in the new grid system.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.  Click Here to Register Today!

PA, WV, and OH CLE credit is available for attorneys; contact the Washington County Bar Association at wcba@washcobar.org or 724-225-6710 for CLE cost and information.

W&J will provide certificates of completion of Professional Development Hours for applicable registrants.

The prototype Grid Academy program was developed as a partnership between the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Science and Engineering Ambassadors Program of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. CEPM thanks both the Allegheny Conference and the Ambassadors Program for their generosity in allowing a modified version of the Grid Academy to be presented at W&J.

For questions, please contact Diana Stares, dstares at washjeff.edu

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