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Industry Liaison

The Industry Liaison is a key member of the Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC), performing comprehensive power industry-related external relations duties, strategic planning for ESIC, and membership program support overseeing two industry membership programs. The Liaison supports public relations/communications efforts and conferences for ESIC. Additionally, the position assists the Director with long-term planning for ESIC.

Position Announcement

Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC) at Washington State University, Pullman, WA invites applications and nominations for the position of ESIC Industry Liaison. The Industry Liaison is a key member of ESIC, performing comprehensive power industry related external relations duties, strategic planning for ESIC, and membership program support overseeing two industry membership programs. The Liaison supports the public relations/communications efforts and conferences for ESIC, and assists the director with long term planning for ESIC. This will be a 12-month full-time position.

The Liaison develops and implements membership marketing and recruitment programs and executes the center’s branding, marketing, and communications activities. The position involves representing ESIC and serving as communications liaison, effectively communicating at all levels of the University system and to numerous and high-level external stakeholders, including power industries, DOE national labs, NWPPA, WREC, SGNW, and CleanTech Alliance. The candidate must recruit new members, develop sponsorship packages for ESIC/PEP, manage industry-focused events (e.g., WPRC, PEAC, ESIC Energy Summit), and promote the online Professional Science Masters (PSM) degree program offered by ESIC. Position requires the exercise of independent judgment, decision-making, and initiative in performing all duties as well as demonstrating a strict level of confidentiality in all business matters.

ESIC is a multi-disciplinary research center (https://esic.wsu.edu/) consisting of 12 core power faculty in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) complemented by over 20 affiliated faculty members from other departments across the university. The WSU power program has a long history of excellence in electrical power and energy systems, and is part of the School of EECS located in the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA). The power systems engineering program is ranked among the top five in the nation in number of faculty, students, and research expenditure. The power program’s annual research expenditure is about $5M, with approximately 60 graduate students and a dozen post-docs and visiting researchers. WSU power faculty collaborate closely with the power industry, many international research institutions, and various government organizations.

WSU is a member of Power System Engineering Research Center (PSERC) that is a consortium of 12 leading universities and 27 industry members. WSU power program is also a part of Advanced Grid Institute (AGI) which is a recently launched joint institute between WSU and PNNL dedicated to modernizing the grid. (https://thewsu-pnnlinstitutes.labworks.org/advancedgrid/). AGI is envisioned to be the leader in modeling and simulation of the power grid to enable advanced controls and operations for the resilient sustainable power system of the future.

ESIC manages two membership programs aimed at ESIC research and power engineering education respectively. ESIC coordinates two major professional conferences, Western Protective Relay Conference (WPRC) and Power Energy Automation Conference (PEAC), and organizes a theme-based high-profile ESIC Energy Summit as part of the annual PEAC conference. ESIC facilitates scholarship and internship opportunities for power engineering students.

Washington State University is one of the nation’s top 35 public research universities in Electrical Engineering according to U.S. News and World Report. WSU is among 108 public and private universities in America recognized with the “very high research activity” categorization and among 240 universities and colleges nationwide to earn the “community engagement” classification from the Carnegie Foundation. With a population of 33,000, Pullman is a quintessential college town—ranked #1 in the “Best Cities to Live in Washington” by the Washington state Chamber of Commerce 2019 report,and one of the top 10 best college towns in the nation according to MSN’s 2012 report; ranked #15 safest college town in America by a SafeWise 2019 report; and recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the “Best Place to Raise Kids” in Washington State. Pullman consistently boasts one of the top school districts in the state. Situated to the east of the Cascade Mountains, Pullman enjoys a dry four-season climate (21 inches of annual participation), with sunny, warm summers, relatively mild winters, and excellent access to outdoor recreational opportunities. Application review will begin on February 3, 2020. The appointment will begin on March 1, 2020. Applicants should upload application materials, including: a cover letter that includes a summary of teaching and research interests, resume/curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three references at: http://www.wsujobs.com/hr/postings/49695.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of the power industry, including familiarity with current industry trends and business/engineering challenges faced by the industry
  • Proven record of building and fostering relations with external constituencies and academic departments.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience coordinating and implementing programs, events, and services.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and occasionally work evening and weekend hours.
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to work and interact effectively and harmoniously with a wide variety of peers, administrators, faculty, students, and public is desired.
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to work with industry advisory boards in an effective and productive manner is desired.

Minimum Qualifications

Position requires a Bachelor’s degree AND four (4) years of progressively responsible relevant experience, which has included at least one (1) year of project managerial experience.

Additional Qualifications

A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Excellent interpersonal, communications, and writing skills. Experience representing an organization to external stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field. Higher education fundraising experience, especially experience which includes engagement with corporate donors. Experience working in the power industry.

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Advanced Grid Institute (AGI) Director

The AGI is a joint institute between WSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) dedicated to modernizing the grid. (https://thewsu-pnnlinstitutes.labworks.org/advancedgrid/). It is envisioned to be the leader in modeling and simulation of the power grid to enable advanced controls and operations for the resilient sustainable power system of the future. The AGI Director is responsible for leading the WSU / PNNL team in representing the AGI mission, vision and values to the national power system stakeholder community. As the face of AGI, the Director assumes a high-profile role to publicly represent the internationally renowned academic and research programs at WSU and PNNL in electric power engineering. This is a unique opportunity for the qualified individual to guide AGI towards world leadership in modernizing the sustainable power grid of the future by combining and growing the strengths of the existing outstanding power system programs at WSU and PNNL.

Position Announcement

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Office of Research at Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA, are seeking applications for the Director of the newly formed Advanced Grid Institute (AGI).

The AGI is a joint institute between WSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) dedicated to modernizing the grid. It is envisioned to be the leader in modeling and simulation of the power grid to enable advanced controls and operations for the resilient sustainable power system of the future.

The AGI Director is responsible for leading the WSU / PNNL team in representing the AGI mission, vision and values to the national power system stakeholder community. As the face of AGI, the Director assumes a high-profile role to publicly represent the internationally renowned academic and research programs at WSU and PNNL in electric power engineering.

This is a unique opportunity for the qualified individual to guide AGI towards world leadership in modernizing the sustainable power grid of the future by combining and growing the strengths of the existing outstanding power system programs at WSU and PNNL.

The WSU power program has a long history of excellence in electrical power and energy systems, and is part of the School of EECS located in the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA). The School of EECS provides students with first-rate preparation for careers in electrical engineering, computer science, software engineering, and computer engineering. The power systems engineering program is ranked among the top five in the nation in number of faculty, students, and research expenditure.

WSU’s power program consists of thirteen faculty members and four staff in EECS who specialize in teaching and research in electric power engineering including a member of the National Academy of Engineering and four fellows of IEEE. This core group is complemented by over 20 affiliated faculty members from other departments across the university together forming the multi-disciplinary research center, Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC). The power program’s annual research expenditures are about $5M, with approximately 60 graduate students and a dozen post-docs and visiting researchers. WSU power faculty collaborate closely with the power industry, many research institutions around the world, and various government organizations. WSU is also a member of Power System Engineering Research Center (PSERC) that is a consortium of 12 leading universities and 27 industry partners. Visit ESIC

PNNL is partnering closely with Department of Energy (DOE), other national labs, industry, WSU, and other academia to modernize the grid and achieve a more secure, robust, and vibrant energy infrastructure. Among DOE national labs, PNNL has the largest team of power engineering scientists working on approximately $70M annually in power grid related research for DOE, utilities and vendors. PNNL stewards the Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center which houses two research control room environments, hosts significant grid data sets and models for utility and DOE clients, and has hosted numerous pioneering efforts in high performance power systems modeling and analytics that are enabling new paradigems in grid operations and control. PNNL is a co-lead for the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) and is involved in 40 GMLC projects on grid architecture, control theory, standards for grid services and foundational analysis. Visit PNNL: Energy and Environment

The AGI Director is expected to have the qualifications to hold an appointment as a full professor in EECS and to maintain a joint appointment at PNNL.

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