A Year-Long Exploration of the Utility Industry's Opportunities for Innovation

The Northwest Energy Experience Prize is an academic prize awarded to outstanding students with strong potential for careers in the utility industry. The prize program awards eight students each year with funds for tuition as well as a project stipend. The prize emphasizes collaboration across institutional and departmental boundaries, and provides unique opportunities to explore projects of interest to the utility industry with subject matter experts and field data from the Bonneville Power Administration.  

The first cohort of prizewinners has been selected, and their inter-institutional special study project teams are organized as follows:

“MAIF – Modeling of Advanced Inverter Features” 

  • Taylor Redding, Oregon Tech
  • Umid Mamadaminov, Oregon Tech
  • John Hofman, Washington State University Vancouver

“Hybrid System Design using Ensemble Streamflow Prediction”

  • Jonathan Luc, Oregon State University
  • Brooke Harmon, Portland State University


  • Jordan Landford, Portland State University
  • Richard Barella, Jr., Washington State University Vancouver
  • Duc Nguyen, Washington State University Vancouver
  • Rich Meier, Oregon State University 


The prizes are being administered by the Foundations supporting the participating universities:

OSU Foundation & OSU College of Engineering

Oregon Tech Foundation & Oregon Tech's College of Engineering, Technology & Management

PSU Foundation & the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

WSU Foundation & WSU Vancouver College of Engineering


For more information, contact Johanna Brickman, Oregon BEST's Director of Collaborative Innovation.