Upgrading the grid: U of M expert available to discuss Obama proposal to upgrade the nations electrical grid
January 26, 2009
This morning, President Obama is expected to announce several parts of his economic package that deal with creating green jobs. Among those include a $11 billion plan to create smarter electrical grids that would modernize the nations power grid. Obamas plan would result in more than 3,000 miles of new or modernized transmission lines and 40 million Smart Meters in homes. A U of M expert who can comment on the current state of the nation's electrical grid and Obama's proposed upgrade is:
Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for the Development of Technological Leadership
Amin is an internationally known expert on power grids, critical infrastructure interdependencies and critical infrastructure security. Amin can speak about Obamas energy policy, the North American power grid how to make it smarter, more resilient and more efficient.
Amins research focuses on national critical infrastructures including interdependent energy, computer networks, communications, transportation and economic systems. He pioneered research on smart grids, coined the term self-healing grid, and led the development of 24 technologies transferred to industry.
Prior to joining the University of Minnesota Amin held the position of Area Manager of Infrastructure Security, Grid Operations/Planning, and Energy Markets at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, Calif. He is the author or co-author of more than 160 research papers and the editor of seven collections of manuscripts and serves on the editorial boards of six academic journals.
To interview this expert, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.