Summer 2016 Energy Innovation Leadership Experience


During the Summer of 2016, 17 undergraduate and graduate students participated in an immersive program that combined hands-on learning in sustainable energy systems with valuable internship experiences. Headquartered at Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, the program enabled students to experience challenging real world problems and at the same time, work with leading companies and research teams on innovative solutions. Engineering students representing six different engineering majors (Architectural, Chemical, Electrical, Energy, General, and Mechanical) from Penn State campuses (University Park, Hazleton and Harrisburg), Temple University and Missouri S&T spent 13 weeks at The Navy Yard. They worked for Penn State or our partner companies including:

      • Alternative Energy Development Group
      • DTE Energy
      • GE Grid Solutions
      • NECA Penn-Del-Jersey
      • Private Energy Partners

Additional collaborators include:

      • PIDC
      • Alencon
      • Green Impact Campaign
      • East Penn Manufacturing
      • ProtoGen
      • Philadelphia Energy Authority

Internship Experience:

Internships focused on three streams of work:

Microgrid and Solar PV, Building Energy Efficiency, and Battery Energy Storage

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You can learn more about the three cohorts by click the icons above. Check out the students' end-of-summer posters HERE

Half of the students are continuing with paid employment with their employer during Fall 2016!

To check out the video from the summer 2016 program at The Navy Yard CLICK HERE

Coursework Component: 

Students took classes in Building Energy Efficiency and/or Solar Design and Construction. 


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