GE Awards Georgia Tech Students $14,000

Six Teams Compete to Provide Solutions

Twelve Georgia Tech students were awarded $14,000 in recognition of their innovative ideas for GE Energy Service’s Smart Grid Challenge Program. The competition provided the opportunity for students to address problems related to smart grid technologies.

Six teams of Georgia Tech students participated in the challenge, tackling smart grid problems related to distribution losses, liability and demand.

Georgia Tech’s Executive Vice President for Research Steve Cross commended the students who participated in the challenge.  “This competition hit a sweet spot for one of our strategic plan initiatives -- to provide team-based, real-world research opportunities for our students. The experience that our students gain through opportunities like this will pay great dividends in the future.”

GE’s Campus Executive Eric Gebhardt and Anthony Maiella, also with GE, were on hand to announce the winners. Participants on the winning cross-functional teams represented the Schools of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Aerospace Engineering (AE) and included the following students:

•    Smart grid reliability and winning presentation (Team 2A): Ravishankar Nilakantan, ECE; Ryan Anderson, ECE; David Green, ECE; Peter Suh, AE; and Xuebei Yu, ECE.

•    Smart grid demand (Team 3B): Muhammad Umer Tariq, ECE; Anupama Keeli, ECE; Matthew John Reno, ECE; and Satya Sridevi Pogaru, AE.

•    Smart grid distribution losses (Team 1A): Fan Cai, ECE; Robert Gill, AE; and Evangelos Farantatos, ECE.

Smart Grid Challenge Winners
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Team 3B proposed a cloud computing solution based on peak demand reduction for residential
consumers. Team members include (left to right) Muhammad Umer Tariq, ECE; Anupama Keeli, ECE;
 Matthew John Reno, ECE; and Satya Sridevi Pogaru, AE, along with GE representative Anthony Maiello.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.