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 two cohorts of prizewinners have been selected, and their inter-institutional special study project teams are organized as follows:

“MAIF – Modeling of Advanced Inverter Features” (Concluding in Spring 2015)

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

“Hybrid System Design using Ensemble Streamflow Prediction” (Concluding in Spring 2015)

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


  • Jordan Landford, Portland State University (2x winner, concluding in Fall 2015)
  • Richard Barella, Jr., Washington State University Vancouver (2x winner, concluding in Fall 2015)
  • Duc Nguyen, Washington State University Vancouver (Concluding in Spring 2015)
  • Rich Meier, Oregon State University (Concluding in Spring 2015)

"Technology Roadmapping: the case of electric vehicle charging, wave power and hydro power" (Concluding in Fall 2015)

  • Kelly Cowan, Portland State University
  • Parnian Hosseini, Oregon State University
  • Christopher Sharp, Oregon State University

"Reduction of residential load through cost-effective energy efficient design and power conversion" (Concluding in Fall 2015)

  • Kuei Jih Lu, Washington State University
  • Richard Vallejo, Washington State University
  • Erick Polk, Oregon Tech
  • Long Pham, Oregon Tech


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.