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Venkata, S.S. ; Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA ; Brahma, S. ; Stamp, J. ; Kundur, P.

Lifelong learning helps achieve professional triumphs. Electric energy has not only become a basic necessity for human existence but also the backbone for our economic development. The world has witnessed electric power systems' becoming larger and more complex over the last 60 years due to unprecedented population growth and the higher standards of living demanded by society. The continuation of the technology explosion of the second half of the 20th century requires a diverse and highly capable technical workforce. Unfortunately, the education of engineers, technicians, and educators themselves has not kept pace with global demand. As a result, there is a tremendous shortage of technical personnel all around the world. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) have identified the aging workforce as a critical challenge facing the electric power industry and the educational system that supports it. If not managed properly, the loss of experience and expertise will affect reliability, safety, productivity, innovation, and the ability to solve pressing issues such as grid modernization and climate change.

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Power and Energy Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

July-Aug. 2010

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