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The electricity system integrates engineering, economics, finance, market structures, business, law and government policy. Yet the education of industry experts has generally not interconnected these domainsand there has been insufficient training for the innovators of the 21st century grid. The economic and environmental stakes are too great to solve a problem in one area, only to unknowingly create a bigger problem elsewhere. To address this challenge, Bits & Watts pursues a two-pronged education strategy:

  • Help industry executives broaden expertise required for a holistic, data-driven approach to transforming the grid and give input on new research areas
  • Produce a new generation of Stanford graduates with a holistic and integrated understanding of emerging grid trends to continue the transformation

Industry Education

Bits & Watts has established a professional development program for executives of sponsoring organizations. This program includes access to monthly webinars, a library of past courses and introductory online modules for executives to extend their knowledge in subjects outside their main area of expertise. In addition, sponsoring organizations are able to assign their researchers to work at Stanford as visiting scholars.

Students viewing Stanford Central Energy System infrastructure

Student Education

Bits & Watts provides Stanford graduate and undergraduate students interested in the electricity industry with curricula of relevant courses for depth within their discipline and breadth in other disciplines. 

  • The Smart Grid Seminar is a series of lectures focused on smart grids, energy systems and power engineering with speakers from academic institutions and industry. These speakers share exciting new ideas and technologies that are changing the electricity industry to prompt further thought and discussion. This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T for interested students. 

  • Battery Systems for Transportation and Grid Services is a new course offered by Bits & Watts associated faculty that provides an introduction to battery systems for transportation and grid services: cell technologies, topology selection, thermal and aging management, safety monitoring, AC and DC charging, and operation control/optimization. Invited experts introduce students to the state of the art of each topic. The course, CEE 292X/EE 292X, is aimed at mezzanineand graduate level students who wish to design battery systems, model them from data, integrate them into applications, or just learn about them.

  • Postgraduate Programs: Bits & Watts founding member, State Grid Corporation of China, generously provides funding for two postdoctoral positions for recent Ph.D. graduates to work on creative, multidisciplinary research projects that explore new directions for the digital transformation of electric grid. This research is intended complement the continuing work of Stanford faculty. Potential projects span a variety of disciplines.  

  • Internship Program:  Bits & Watts has a cohort of eight interns for the 2020 Summer quarter SMART - Summer Microgrid Analysis and Research Training Internship program. All work is being done remotely.