Electrical Power Systems Modeling and Simulation Research Intern

Company Name:
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America's electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:
100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
50 Greatest places to Work - AARP
50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian
CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields, they are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting and constantly evolving and requiring new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person's overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance.
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The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is seeking a summer research fellow to carry out research in electrical power systems modeling and simulation. In this role, the researcher will design, build, test and deploy models of emerging power systems technology with an emphasis on distributed generation, renewables, microgrid regulation and switching schemes, and solid state power electronics. Results are intended to produce actionable information for utility engineers and management in the areas of engineering and cost benefit analysis. These modeling efforts will be released to nine hundred affiliated utilities alongside existing efforts via the Open Modeling Framework, a software effort led by NRECA and developed in partnership with the Department of Energy, the National Labs, software vendors, and utilities. Researchers will also participate in the publication activities of CRN.
Purpose and Mission
Learning Objectives
Understand the evolving technical challenges and solutions for electric utilities.
Learn about the cooperative model and co-op community.
Contribute code to an open source modeling system in production.
Perform original research on smart grid cost-benefit analysis.
Work on mathematical models of smart grid technology.
Advance the state of the art in electrical distribution modeling to provide actionable intelligence to our non-profit cooperative members.
Design, build, test and deploy code that will be part of our web-based modeling framework.
This is an intern position.
3.0 or above GPA required Dates
May 19th thru August 8th, 2014
Wages: $17 per hour
Requirements and Qualifications
Pursuing or completed a Masters or PhD in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science with an emphasis on modeling and simulation. Undergraduates with demonstrated research experience and results (publications) could also be strong candidates.
Demonstrated ability in modeling and simulation, preferably with an emphasis on power systems.
Experience shipping original software or contributing to a large code base (100 to 1,000 kLOC).
Pursuing or have obtained a degree in a technical field. Preferably computer science or applied math.
Some experience writing a couple thousand lines of code that you''re proud of: a web service, a mobile app, code for a scientific application, etc.
Python experience. Less preferably: Ruby, Java or other modern interpreted programming language experience.
HTML and Javascript experience.
Amount of Travel
Job Title : Electrical Power Systems Modeling and Simulation Research Intern
Location : Arlington, VA, US

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