The DOE has announced up to $10 million in funding to establish graduate-level training programs for engineers in power electronics. The five-year program will begin in the fall 2016 school year.
Citing the important part that power engineers play in advanced energy technologies, the DOE expects them to be in high demand in the growing clean energy economy.
The curriculum will concentrate on advanced power electronic equipment engineering, design, and manufacturing, including such cutting-edge topics as wide bandgap semiconductors.
The Energy Department will competitively select one or more US colleges and/or universities with accredited programs in relevant fields to implement master’s and doctoral training programs in power electronic equipment design and engineering. The funding will be applied to tuition support during the first two years of graduate-level training and is designed to fill identified workforce needs in the industry.
Instructions on how to apply for the funding can be found on the DOE’s web site.