Complex Systems Center

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A strategic Spire of Excellence for growing research, scholarship, and innovation at CEMS is in the field of complex systems: highly dynamic, non-linear systems demonstrating emergent properties and behaviors. With the establishment of the CEMS Complex Systems Center— strategically focused on multidisciplinary research strengths in environment, transportation, and bioengineering — and a continuing influx of world-class faculty and top students, the College is poised to be a national and international leader in the field. CEMS' vision for the future is also entirely consistent with that of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Complex systems is a research thrust and long-term investment priority identified by the NSF in their 2006-2011 strategic plan, Investing in America's Future.

Smart Grid IGERT

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The smart grid uses modern information technology to make electric power systems work better – cleaner, cheaper, and more reliably. The smart grid is designed to allow greater usage of renewable resources, such as solar or wind, which are restricted in traditional grids by high variability and unpredictability of these sources. Smart grid operation requires active participation of power consumers, in promoting energy efficiency, in timing energy usage to help maintain a uniform electric load, and in operation of distributed small-scale solar and wind power generation units. Proactive government policies are needed to support and encourage these changes, and improved public education is needed to help the public appreciate the benefits and weigh the risks of the smart grid.

UVM Transportation Research Center

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Vermont’s Transportation Research Center (TRC) is a hub for innovative and interdisciplinary research, education and outreach on sustainable transportation system solutions. The TRC focuses on transportation planning as it relates to resilience, energy and health.

Vermont Advanced Computing Center

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Our goal at the Vermont Advanced Computing Center (VACC) is to facilitate research and aid in educational advancement by providing high-performance computing and other services, allowing faculty and students to focus on their research rather than system administration. Our systems enable larger, broader and more complex computation than ever before.

Vermont Space Grant Consortium

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The Vermont Space Grant Consortium (VTSGC) is an organization consisting of academic institutions, private industry, and public entities. Funded in part by a grant from NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, key goals of the VTSGC are: to build aerospace-related research infrastructure within the state; to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among Vermont students; and to train and encourage students to pursue careers in aerospace-related areas.