CURENT-Smart Grid

Open to High School students entering 10th, 11th, 12th grade in the fall.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 6th-10th 2020 | Duration: 1 Week
FREE for commuting students Residential: $985.00
Application Information: 

Prerequisites: Students looking to explore a career in engineering are encouraged to apply for this program. Applications will be selected based on GPA, science/tech/engineering/math related activities, student response questions, and teacher reference forms. 

Application details: In addition to the online application, students must submit a copy of their transcript and two recommendations. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals or official copies. Applications will not be reviewed if they are incomplete. Please follow the directions on the application page carefully.

Application LInk:

Questions?: If you have any questions regarding submitting your application, please contact Summer@Rensselaer staff at (518) 276-6809 or email


This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, CURENT Engineering Research Center! Learn about how the electric grid is being adapted to incorporate renewable sources such as solar arrays and wind turbine farms. Students will use a simulation tool to explore how the grid responds to loss of equipment and extreme power demands when these problems might lead to blackouts. A market experiment on pricing electricity is also part of the program. In addition students will learn about computer networks and cyber security. Students will work with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty and graduate students on hands-on activities and go on a tour of the regional New York power grid manufacturing or control facilities.

What You Will Learn: 
  • Different energy sources and forms of energy
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Energy Consumption and conversion
  • Power system transmission systems
  • Computer networking for the Smart Grid

Students who have completed summer programs like this have gone on to apply to undergraduate study at Rensselaer. For additional details regarding the Rensselaer undergraduate experence, in a place where your individual contribution truly matters, visit The Office of Admissions at Rensselaer!

Faculty Profile: 

Dr. Joe Chow is Institute Professor, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is the Campus Director, and the NSF/DOE CURENT Engineering Research Center.

Dr. Meng Wang is Assistant Professor - Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ms. Elizabeth Herkenham, Program Coordinator – Pre-college Education Director, CURENT ERC 

Program Cost and Accommodations: 

Commuter Cost: FREE thanks to the sponsorship of the NSF CURENT Engineering Research Center.

Residential Cost is $985. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. This cost includes tuition, field trips, room and board, program materials, and all residential events and programs. Check-in will be on Sunday afternoon prior to the start of the program and Check-out will be on Friday.

Accepted students will receive information regarding accommodations, arrival/departure times, and full program details upon registration. Please note that all students will be required to submit health and medical information before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.


Important Dates: 

January 7 – Application opens
March 31 – Application deadline 
April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance
May 15 - Registration deadline for accepted students
June 1 – Final day to submit health forms
June 1- Final payment is due for accepted/registered students

Registration Information:  Accepted students should register as soon as possible after admission. A link will be provided to you upon your acceptance.



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