With a grant from the Obama-Singh 21st Century knowledge Initiative Award, Annamalai University, India has started a faculty and student exchange program with Tennessee Technological University. Annamalai University received the grant for its proposal: Tamil Nadu Energy Futures – Mapping Uncertainties and Risks. The objectives of the grant are:
Period: August 2013 – June 2016
The activities to be undertaken are:
As part of the above program the first batch of one faculty member Dr. S. Ganapathy and three graduate students (C.K. Murugan, D. Kalaichelvi and R. Hiemaja) are in Tennessee Tech during Fall 2013 semester. These students and faculty member work with TTU faculty members Dr. Rabie Belkacemi, Dr. Joseph Ojo and Dr. Ghadir Radman. Dr. Ganapathy also made two technical presentations on Load frequency control and AI based optimization techniques for faculty and graduate In addition to academic activities, the visitors also visited the Schneider Electric Solar farm, Nashville Electric utility Control room and Cookeville Electric distribution system. Additionally they also visited natural beauties of upper Cumberland and enjoyed the fall color changes. They also got exposure to southern hospitality and culture of USA while exchanging the culture and heritage of India with US audience.