The electric power industry is evolving from its historical business structure. The vertically integrated utility of the past has been replaced by multiple players providing unbundled services using market-oriented decision-making. Challenges for success in this demanding business environment are being raised by new market structures and ways of doing business, new technologies, the demands of customers for customized services, strategic choices between centralized and decentralized technologies, institutional changes creating mega-RTOs, a graying industry that needs well-trained power engineers, and new environmental priorities. Yet the basic function of the industry—to produce and to deliver power, safely and reliably—has not changed. The challenges call for new strategies, technologies, analytical capabilities and tools, and operating practices, along with sound public policy guidance.
The Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) draws on university capabilities to creatively address these challenges. Under the banner of PSERC, multiple U.S. universities, including Iowa State University, are working collaboratively to investigate these topics. Faculty members at Iowa State University are involved in several research projects sponsored by PSERC.
Website URL: www.pserc.org.
The Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI Design Center at Iowa State University was formed in 1988. Faculty members in the center focus on analog and mixed-signal VLSI design for biomedical, RF, microwave, fiber-optics, data conversion, testing layout and other applications. The center’s faculty bring extensive academic experience, broad industrial experience, and continued professional interactions into a center that relies heavily on industrial direction, interaction, and support.
Website URL: http://class.ece.iastate.edu/vlsi2/.
The ADRC was established at Iowa State University in the Spring of 2008 to coordinate and lead a research effort to address the complex engineering and science issues for mitigating the impact threats from hazardous asteroids or comets. Its specific mission goal is to develop the science, engineering, and technology needed to reliably deflect or disrupt those large asteroids or comets that could collide with Earth and cause a global climate change or the end of civilization.
Website URL: http://www.adrc.iastate.edu
The Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation. The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability by partnering the FAA with a national network of world-class researchers, educators and industry leaders. Iowa State University is one of the core universities participating in the center. Please visit the PEGASAS website for more information.
The Center for e-Design is a joint research coalition comprised of seven universities working closely with numerous businesses and government organizations. The coalition was established to create new design paradigms and electronic design tools that will assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing complex engineered products and systems. The research efforts of the Center for e-Design support the basic premise that information is the lifeblood of an enterprise and that collaboration is what seamlessly integrates.