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College of Engineering and Computing


GRAPES Membership

GRAPES has approximately 20 members representing utility companies, system and logistics integrators, equipment manufacturers, and component suppliers. The vertically integrated membership represents the infrastructure and technologies necessary for the definition, design, assembly, evaluation, deployment and effective utilization of grid-connected power electronics. The benefits of membership in GRAPES to our industry partners are widespread, from strategic to logistic to interpersonal.

Membership Benefits

The benefits of membership in GRAPES to our industry partners are widespread, from strategic to logistic to interpersonal. Center Members share rights to the GRAPES research portfolio, including rights to license new intellectual property. Papers, theses, dissertations, and presentations produced by the Center, including those of commercial value, are available free of charge to members, subject to foreign export, confidentiality restrictions, or other restrictions imposed by a sponsor. Members have many opportunities to contribute to GRAPES research and education programs by serving as industrial mentors and/or thesis committee members where appropriate. Members have regular interactions with the Center’s faculty, staff and students. Members can propose case study problems, specific research problems, or focus areas for research.  They help to develop the technology roadmap for the center.

Collaborate

  • Foster relationships for industry/university collaboration within and beyond membership
  • Reap benefits on research and development challenges from industry/university mix
  • Pursue joint funding opportunities from the US Dept of Energy, Dept of Defense, etc.

Influence

  • Vote on priority projects and assign resources to achieve project objectives
  • Refine project goals to best address industry needs
  • Identify deliverables of projects to maximize technology transfer 

Knowledge

  • Gain a broader and deeper understanding of current technology landscape and challenges
  • Obtain actionable information from unbiased sources
  • Strengthen insight for corporate decision-making about emerging and future trends
  • Gather value from emerging research results, prior to publication

Leverage

  • Leverage your relatively small investment by the investments of other members
    Reap research results far larger than your own funding could produce
  • Exploit synergy from common interests amongst members as a force multiplier
  • Drive technology trends via compounded results from research greater than sum of its parts
  • Pool resources to build experimental testbeds beyond budgets of individual members
  • Rely on expertise developed over a vast array of other research programs to rapidly advance the GRAPES research agenda

Network

  • Meet and interact with other key industry players including suppliers and customers
  • Meet and interact with key players in relevant government agencies
  • Meet and interact with key players in academia

Personnel

  • Watch students mature, then hire the best. BS, MS, full-time, interns, co-ops.
  • Hire highly educated and experienced graduates with leadership and communication skills
  • Consult with a broad range of faculty experts

Prestige

  • Strengthen your personal presence and reputation among industry peers
  • Solidify recognition of your company as an industry leader

Technology Transfer

  • Use research ideas to inspire and drive new projects and products
  • Apply research results in your company’s projects and products
  • Use our resources to inexpensively prototype projects and products