Dr. Payman Dehghanian, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team won the Tier I, Silver ($50,000) award in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) first "Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge."
Through the challenge, the DOE tapped into American ingenuity for ideas to make the nation's electric grid stronger and more resilient. The proposal submitted by Dr. Dehghanian's team seeks to design next-generation sensors for the power grid, a technology-to-market solution that enables a paradigm shift from "sensing-only" devices to "sensing and actuating" devices embedded with advanced signal processing and machine learning analytics. Their project aims to enhance the power grid's online situational awareness and resilience to extremes.
The DOE awarded approximately $300,000 to seven winning submissions in this nationwide competition.