This center promotes and expands research in electric power and energy-related fields of particular interest to faculty and to the twelve electric utilities who support EPRC through their membership fees. Primary goals include the maintenance of a strong electric power and energy program and the education of students at the BS, MS, and Ph.D. levels to prepare them for employment in many different engineering roles in electric utilities and in supporting industries. Faculty must be aware of current issues of concern and identify topics for research that their students can pursue for their advanced degrees. The results influence the quality of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They also provide a stronger link between basic theory and its application to engineering challenges in industry.