July 13 - 14, 2017Postponed
Golden, Colorado USA

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About this course...

The modern power grid is becoming more dependent on components and modules that interact with one another through exchanging information (measurement data, command signals, and status updates). The backbone of this system is a communication infrastructure that ensures secure, reliable and low-latency transmission of data across the whole power grid.

This 2-day short course provides an advanced understanding of communication networks as they relate to the power automation systems deployed at the utility control centers, substations, and even homes and commercial buildings.

Upon the completion of this course, the participants will have a clear understanding of the communication requirements for power and energy systems, challenges facing the modern power grid, as well as design issues for implementing a reliable and secure command and control infrastructure. They will also learn the basics of major communication protocols currently used in power systems.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for managers, researchers, educators, utility engineers and consultants who are interested in or work in the fields of data communication and security as related to power and energy systems. The course provides an excellent opportunity to learn, network and explore new possibilities.

Course program

The course program presents the topics that will be covered in the course. Learn more...

Continuing education credits

Colorado School of Mines will award 1.4 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to participants who complete this course.


The course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more...


Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Course instructor

The course will be taught by Dr. Salman Mohagheghi of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Colorado School of Mines. With several years of industry experience as a Senior R&D Engineer, Dr. Mohagheghi combines industry practices with the latest theoretical advances in power systems in order to devise solutions for automation, security and power quality in the modern grid. Since 2009, he has been the ANSI representative at IEC Technical Committee 57 Working Group 17: "Power System IED Communication and Associated Data Models for Distributed Energy Resources and Distribution Automation". Also, he is a member of the working groups "IEEE P61158: Standard for Industrial Hard Real-Time Communication" and "IEEE P2660.1: Recommendation Practices on Industrial Agents".

Further technical information

For more information about the course content, please contact:

Dr. Salman Mohagheghi
Electrical Engineering Department
Colorado School of Mines
Email: smohaghe@mines.edu

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