Smart Grid Professional Workshop Series


Energy Innovation Leadership Experience




at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia (Summer 2017)

28 students participated in the immersive program that combines hands-on learning in sustainable energy systems with valuable internship experiences. Headquartered at Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, this program enables students to experience challenging real world problems and at the same time, work with leading companies and research teams on innovative solutions.  Undergraduate and graduate engineering students interested in the fields of energy efficiency, sustainable energy technologies, and leadership from six different universities participated. Click Here to see posters created by the students about their internships.

Internship Experience:

Students were accepted into the program based on receiving a job offer from one of the participating employers including: 

GE Energy Connection, NECA, Private Energy Partnership, ProtoGen Energy, PIDC, Net Zero Microgrid Solutions, OSIsoft, Penn State, Intellimation, Square K Energy, Embala, and PECO

Undergraduate students are required to take a minimum of 3 credit hours during the program. To learn more about the past summer program at The Navy Yard and to check out the videos capturing the experience CLICK HERE


Students chose from the following course options:

AE 498 – Leadership in Building Energy Efficiency (3cr)        May 15 - June 23

AE 469 – Solar Design and Construction (3cr)                     June 28 -Aug 10

AE 497/597 – Independent Study (3cr)                               May 15 - Aug 10

About GridSTAR Center: 

The GridSTAR Center (Grid-Smart Training and Application Resource Center) was created to develop and deliver responsive professional and skilled workforce educational programming that is aligned with the caliber and pace of the emerging smart grid investments and markets.  The GridSTAR Center is coordinated by the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State.

About The Navy Yard: 

The Navy Yard is a 1,200-acre, dynamic urban development, offering the Philadelphia region a unique and centrally located waterfront business campus committed to smart energy innovation and sustainability.  The Navy Yard is home to more than 11,000 employees and 140+ companies in the office, industrial/manufacturing, and research and development sectors, occupying 6.5 million square feet of real estate in a mix of historic buildings and new high-performance and LEED certified construction. For more information, visit



U.S. DOE Solar Instructor Training Network Penn State Sustainability Institute U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association