Talent: Education and Diversity

Educating tomorrow's energy leaders.

Program Highlights

Following the Engineer of 2020 Vision, the center offers interdisciplinary research opportunities, industry experiences, professional skills development, laboratory training cohorts, fellowships, leadership training, international collaboration and immersion in a culture of innovation.

In 2017, as part of Education’s sustainability plan, the FREEDM Center and PowerAmerica merged the education and workforce programs creating a stronger coalition for students, innovation and industry, research, and advancing science, technology, and engineering education providing a trained workforce for the U.S.

Education Program Staff

Education DirectorDr. Pam CarpenterElectrical and Computer EngineeringNCSU
Director of University EducationDr. Mesut BaranElectrical and Computer EngineeringNCSU
Diversity DirectorDr. Roy CharlesFREEDM Systems CenterNCSU
Education RepresentativeDr. George KaradyElectrical and Computer EngineeringASU
Education RepresentativeDr. Mehdi FerdowsiElectrical EngineeringMS&T
Education RepresentativeDr. Mark WeatherspoonElectrical and Computer EngineeringFAMU
Education RepresentativeDr. Petru AndreiElectrical and Computer EngineeringFSU

Graduate Research

Graduate research projects are at the crux of the FREEDM program. The Center provides opportunities for students to participate in workshops, tutorials, industry mentors, internships, and other innovative events throughout the academic year.  In 2017, the Center graduated 18 PhD, 7 MS, and two undergraduates. The Center has graduated 114 PhD, 88 MS, and 72 MS in Electric Power Systems Engineering program since 2011.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research offers numerous benefits to students, faculty, and staff of the Center. The Center offers undergraduate research experiences during the summer and an intensive year-long academic year-long program. Since Year 1, the Center has hosted over 150 undergraduate researchers, including senior design students and 129 summer REU students. At NC State, the College of Engineering and Duke Energy have generously provided REU funding in past years to support several NC State undergraduates majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Undergraduate Research Scholars (UGRS)

This program allows students to be immersed in learning, research, technical and professional skill development, and networking with industry. The program was revised in Year 9 to include topics on learning styles, time management, stress management, reflective writings, research ethics, Perfect Pitch, research posters, and literature reviews. A travel award is available for students to present Center research outside of their home university. The UGRS cohort for Year 10 included 17 students.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

The summer REU program creates a pipeline to attract non-Center affiliated undergraduates to graduate school. Since 2009, the Center’s REU program has hosted research opportunities to over 129 non-FREEDM partner undergraduates majoring in engineering fields. For ten weeks during the summer, students conduct research at one of the Center’s five domestic partner universities, experiencing different aspects of university research, and presenting their work at symposia. This program has been designed to increase participation of domestic and underrepresented minority groups.