Sparking Interest in Smart Grid Stuff

Presented By:
Jana Sebestik, Assistant Director of STEM Curriculum Design, and Tim Yardley, ITI Associate Director of Technology, University of Illinois
Date and Location:
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 1:00pm
NCSA Auditorium | Webcast
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Securing a smarter grid of the future involves an engaged and informed society. Join us for a showcase on how TCIPG sparks interest in the smart grid – at all ages and levels of engagement – and the impact of these efforts on smart grid awareness, education, research, and workforce development. Discover outreach tools, resources, and training programs that empower YOU to increase awareness, educate stakeholders, and actively contribute to smart grid security and resiliency. We will also highlight plans for our 2015 Summer School program.


Jana Sebestik, Assistant Director of STEM Curriculum Design, University of IllinoisJana Sebestik is the Assistant Director for STEM Curriculum Design in the Office for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She coordinates TCIPG education efforts to develop a variety of educational opportunities designed to engage learners of all ages. She is the author of the 4-H SET curriculum “The Power of the Wind.” She taught in the Urbana School District for 34 years before coming to MSTE.

Tim Yardley is the Associate Director of Technology and a Senior Researcher at the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His primary duties focus on defining the vision and direction for applied research through emerging technology as well as conducting research to address the core mission of his institute. His research is focused in trustworthiness and resiliency in critical infrastructure with particular focus on cyber security in systems like the power grid and telecommunications. Through developing advanced testbed environments, Mr. Yardley helps to apply research to prove out theory and validate those efforts prior to field deployment, speeding the process of technology transition and the realism of fundamental research.

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About the TCIPG Seminar Series:

The seminar series is presented by the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Project, an $18 million multi-university research effort whose partner institutions include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Arizona State University, Dartmouth, and Washington State University. The TCIPG Project, a successor to the earlier NSF-funded TCIP Center, was founded in 2009 with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is housed in the Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.