Group NIRE in partnership with Texas Tech University hosted an inaugural workshop for Phasor Measurement Units on October 29, 2014. The workshop took place at Texas Tech and lasted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The DOE CIASEP grant has created an educational program that allows students to understand how PMUs operate, communicate, and server utilities. This award was crucial in educating the next generation of engineers and energy professionals,” Group NIRE CEO, Mark Harral said.

Group NIRE was responsible for bringing in industry leaders to represent the energy community. Group NIRE was able to do so by assembling a diverse group of speakers from a variety of successful companies. Speakers came from Shweitzer Engineering Labratories Inc., National Instruments, Electric Power Group, Oncor Electric Delivery, and Dr. W. Mack Grady of Baylor University. Discussions covered new concepts, challenges and opportunities for the synchrophasor technology.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Group NIRE and Texas Tech funds for the creation of a synchrophasor based curriculum through the Collaborative Industry-Academic Synchrophasor Engineering Program (CIASEP). Sponsors of the workshop included, the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative, Washington State University, and the MCM Elegante Hotel and Suites.