Mines to host Colorado Technology Primer for Economists and Social Scientists

Applications due April 25

 Division of Economics and Business professors Ian Lange and Peter Maniloff

GOLDEN, CO, April 6, 2017 — Division of Economics and Business professors Ian Lange and Peter Maniloff, in cooperation with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, were awarded a Sloan Foundation grant to host the Colorado Technology Primer for Economists and Social Scientists. This program will focus on electricity distribution issues. Two one-week sessions will be offered July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 14-18 on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden. Application materials are due April 25.

The goal of the summer primer is to provide advanced doctoral students and early career academic professionals with an interdisciplinary (engineering and social science) understanding of electricity distribution systems and the interface of technology and policy. The summer sessions will help participants bridge the gap between economists’ and engineers’ perspectives as well as improve the quality and applicability of their academic research.

The two one-week sessions will essentially be identical and applicants are asked to choose their preferred week to attend, but should also give notice if they are available for either week. If selected, there will be no tuition fee. A small amount of travel and lodging reimbursement will be available and the decisions on this award will be made concurrent with admission decisions.

The weeklong program will consist of seven lectures by staff members at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, faculty from Colorado School of Mines, as well as industry professionals. Additionally, there will be a tour of NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility and National Wind Technology Center that will allow students to see the renewable energy systems and electrical equipment first-hand so they can better understand the concepts discussed in the classroom.

The primer will have sessions on:

•          Principles of Power System Planning and Operations

•          Industrial Organization of Electricity Markets

•          Distribution System Principles and the Evolving Interface with the Bulk Power System

•          Determinants of Electricity Demand and their Impact on the Distribution System

•          Critical Issues for Distribution Systems Moving Forward

•          Understanding the Highs and Lows and Overall Challenges of Multidisciplinary Research

Application Instructions:

Applicants must be registered PhD students in an economics or related department and have completed the first two years of course work in economics or a related field, or an early career academic professional (post-doctoral fellow or assistant professor) in an economics or related university department.

Please submit the following for consideration:

1.          One page cover letter describing research interests in electricity distribution, renewable energy systems, or related topics. In an effort to balance class sizes, please include preferred dates, and whether you are available for either session.

2.         Curriculum Vitae

Additionally, PhD students must submit a letter from his/her advisor or, if an advisor hasn’t been selected, a faculty member. This letter should be less than one page and should endorse the application to the summer primer.

The program welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas. It embraces and values diversity and inclusivity. Participants are expected to learn as much from fellow students as they will from the instructors, and diversity will enrich everyone involved.

Send all application materials electronically in a single PDF file to ilange@mines.edu by April 25. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by May 5. For questions about the program, contact Ian Lange, ilange@mines.edu.

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