Although I have to admit, some of the deep technical discussion of FREEDM was a little over my head, I was really intrigued by the aggressive steps being taken to build the future talent pool that will be needed to make renewable electric energy delivery and management a reality. Here are a few highlights.
FREEDM Education Program
The overall objective of the Gen-III Engineering Research Center (ERC) is to develop a diverse group of adaptive, creative, globally connected and innovative students for the workforce. For the FREEDM Systems Center, there are two specific goals:
1. Pipeline of future engineers for green energy economy and graying power systems workforce:
- Continuum of programs from middle school to Ph.D.
- Industry training and lifelong learning
- New undergrad concentration in Renewable Energy Systems
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates
- Research Experiences for Teachers
- Young Scholars program for high school students
- New M.S. program in Renewable Energy Systems
- ERC research findings to be integrated in new and existing courses
- Innovative ERC graduate student portfolio program
- Required and assessed for all ERC Ph.D. graduate students
I would say the FREEDM team has a great plan for building smart energy leaders for the future. For more information on the very cool FREEDM project, visit their web site.
Here at IBM, my friends in Rational Software announced a number of new smarter product offerings today that not only address smarter energy but also attack a number of other smarter business needs. Here are just a few of the Smarter Products for a Smarter Planet resources:
- Watch this very cool video that shows how Rational software helped Eaton and UPS move toward sustainable energy
- Read this very green whitepaper that describes how systems engineering can help companies develop greener products
- Learn how EADS, Cardinal Health and Chrysler integrate requirements across their diverse engineering teams and across the product life cycle.
- Check out why Lillian Kelly, Senior
Systems Engineer at Delphi, said "Telelogic DOORS improves development team communication, which helps us meet customer requirements faster and more accurately."
- Attend the May 27th Webcast on Smarter Products for a Smarter Planet.
- Dig deeper into Smarter Products for a Smarter Planet with the in depth technical resources on developerWorks Rational
Finally a quick personal update....I had my own green encounter over the weekend. As you may know by now, one of my life long passions has been running and more specifically running marathons. However, thanks to my old arthritic knees, I finally had to give up running last year and have since been searching to fill this big hole with no running and no running group colleagues to fill my passions. I am very pleased to say I think I've found the answer to my endurance sports passion in road cycling and my new biking/drinking group. In order to prove my commitment to my new cycling comrades, I went out and purchased a Scattante Elite road bike yesterday. Fortunately for me, it turns out my local Performance bike shop knows a thing or two about GOING GREEN with their "recycled" bike line. Doesn't "recycled" sound so much better than USED? In order to take this green biking experience to the next level, I plan to take the "bike to work" clinic on May 21st. So if you see an old uncool dude weaving his way to IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina on a bike this summer please remember to share the road and let's GO GREEN together.