INE cluster director Prof. Rick Blum (7th from left) at an electrical substation in Arkansas with other researchers in INE's cybersecurity research project.
The INE Research Cluster at Lehigh is currently involved in a number of projects addressing both the potential and promise of smart electricity systems. INE faculty and student participants investigate advanced software, computer architecture, sensing devices, and other information technologies used to monitor, control, and heal traditional electricity supply and delivery methods. The goal is to provide electricity more efficiently, cleanly, and securely. The projects are supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a number of them are done in collaboration with industrial partners.
A number of INE faculty and students are involved in the Power from Oceans, Rivers, and Tides (PORT) Lab, which examines the design, operation, and integration of ocean wave energy farms.