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CO Technology Primer for Economists and Social Scientists – Week 1

July 30, 2018 - August 3, 2018

Golden, CO
July 30 – August 3, 2018

Thanks to generous funding and support from the Sloan Foundation, the Colorado Technology Primer for Economists and Social Scientists will offer two different one week sessions from July 30-August 3 and August 13-August 17, 2018 on the Colorado School of Mines campus.

The goal of the summer school is to provide advanced doctoral students and early career academic professionals with an interdisciplinary (engineering and social science) understanding of electricity distribution systems and the interface of technology and policy.  The summer sessions will help participants bridge the gap between economists’ and engineers’ perspectives as well as improve the quality and applicability of their academic research.

The two one-week sessions will essentially be identical, and applicants are asked to choose their preferred week to attend, but should also give notice if they are available for either week. If you are selected, there will be no tuition fees to attend the summer school. A small amount of travel and lodging reimbursement will be available and the decisions on this award will be made concurrent with admission decisions.

The weeklong program will consist of seven lectures by staff members at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines, as well as industry professionals. Additionally, there will be a tour of NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility and National Wind Technology Center that will allow students to see the renewable energy systems and electrical equipment first hand so they can better understand the concepts discussed in the classroom.

The Primer will have sessions on:

  • Principles of Power System Planning and Operations
  • Industrial Organization of Electricity Markets
  • Distribution System Principles and the Evolving Interface with the Bulk Power System
  • Determinants of Electricity Demand and their Impact on the Distribution System
  • Critical Issues for Distribution Systems Moving Forward
  • Understanding the Highs and Lows and overall challenges of Multidisciplinary Research

In order to apply for the summer school, you must be a registered PhD student in a social science department and have begun graduate research in a a social science field, or be an early career academic professional (post-doctoral fellow or assistant professor) in a social science university department .

Please submit the following for consideration:

(1) One page cover letter describing your research interests in electricity distribution, renewable energy systems, or related topics. Make sure to include your preferred week, and let us know if you are available for either session (so we can balance class sizes).

(2) Curriculum Vitae

Additionally, if you are a PhD student, you must submit a letter from your advisor or, if you do not have one yet, a faculty member. This letter should be less than one page in length and should endorse your application to the summer school.

The Summer School welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. It embraces and values diversity and inclusivity. Participants are expected to learn as much from fellow students as they will from the instructors, and diversity will enrich everyone involved.

All materials are due electronically in a single PDF file by April 25, 2018, and should be sent to ilange@mines.edu. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by May 5, 2018.

Questions about the program and completed applications can be sent to Ian Lange at ilange@mines.edu.


July 30, 2018
August 3, 2018
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Division of Economics and Business


Engineering Hall
816 15th St.
Golden, CO United States
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