Education

Research Experience for Undergraduates

App. deadline: May 1st 2017

Program Details

 1. Cyber Physical Solution for High Penetration Renewable in Smart Grid: 2017 (Opening for one Student)
Overview

Effective integration of large amounts of renewable energy into the grid is of utmost importance for sustainable future and greener smart cities. Due to the unpredictable variations in weather, over 80% of the available renewable energy from solar and wind sources cannot be harnessed effectively.

Large scale and cost-effective integration of photovoltaic energy into the smart grid is challenging due to: (a) unpredictability and intermittency of weather pattern, (b) fast morning ramp up and afternoon ramp down of solar generation that triggers instabilities in the grid, (c) unavailability of solar generation at sun down requiring the need for locational energy storage facilities, and (d) lack of technologies for efficient and intelligent on-demand sharing of solar generation with conventional power generation in the grid.

This research brings a holistic vision of the future smart grid as a synergistic integration of its various components with novel computational tools for forecasting and intelligent load sharing with distributed energy storage.

The program will take place from September 1st, 2017, to August 31st, 2020 at Florida International University, Engineering Center at the Energy Power and Sustainability Lab.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Student

The REU student will be working toward studying how optimal and fast decision making at the system level can be achieved by developing accurate and effective PV power generation modeling and forecasting.

   2. Towards Resilient Smart Cities: 2017 (Opening for one Student)
Overview

Realizing the vision of truly smart cities is one of the most pressing technical challenges of the coming decade. The success of this vision requires synergistic integration of cyber-physical critical infrastructures (CIs) such as smart transportation, wireless systems, water networks, and power grids into a unified smart city. Such smart city CIs have significant resource dependence as they share energy, computation, wireless spectrum, users and personnel, and economic investments, and as such are prone to correlated failures due to day-to-day operations, natural disasters, or malicious attacks. Protecting tomorrow’s smart cities from such failures requires instilling resiliency into the processes that manage the city’s common CI resources.

The program will take place from September 1st, 2017, to August 31st, 2020 at Florida International University, Engineering Center at the Energy Power and Sustainability Lab.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Student

The REU student will be working toward studying how resiliency in a smart grid testbed can be achieved by using EVs to support the grid by providing power.

Enrollment Requirements
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university with at least one year completed by June and at least one more semester before graduation after the summer.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens.
  • Students should have a GPA of 3.0
Application Requirements

Students interested in the program need to submit the following:

  • An application
  • Copy of their transcript
  • letter of recommendation from faculty
  • Upon acceptance to the program, documentation of U.S. citizenship will be required.

Outcomes and benefits for students:
  • Student will be trained to succeed in academic or industrial positions they may have after their graduation.
  • The undergraduate student will be coupled with graduate students, and involved in potential publications that may emerge from her contribution to evaluate her performance.
Archived

1.Towards Secure Networked Cyber-Physical Systems: A Theoretic Framework with Bounded Rationality: 2016(Opening for one Student)- closed

2.Security of Smart Things: 2015(Opening for one Student)-closed

 

For Further Information, Please Contact

DR. ARIF SARWAT
Email: asarwat[at]fiu[dot]edu
Director of the FIU-FPL Solar Research Power Plant
&
Energy, Power & Sustainability (EPS)
Phone: (305)348-4941

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