For three years, promising engineering students in the northwest have participated in the NW Energy Experience Prize (NW Energy XP) program,  working together on a collection of real-world problems facing today’s power and utility industry.  

The opportunity to collaborate across several universities, along with subject matter experts from regional utility and power companies, gives students hands-on experience and knowledge that can't be learned in the classroom.

During the yearlong program, students and their faculty advisors work with peers across multiple universities, forging a network of contacts and connections that build a strong and vibrant community of northwest-based engineers. The program offers participating students and faculty unique perspectives and insights into the incredible challenges facing our electrical system as the industry strives to transition to renewable and carbon-free energy - while maintaining the exceptional reliability and affordability that helps make the Northwest special. 

If you are interested in being a part of the program as a sponsor, student, or faculty advisor, please contact Johanna Brickman, Oregon BEST's Director of Collaborative Innovation at jo.brickman(at)

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