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Sac State college dean spearheads energy project


Emir Jose Macari, dean of Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science


The audience for Sacramento State’s first STEM lecture of the year learned about the smarter methods the University and its partners are developing to produce and deliver electricity.

Emir Jose Macari, dean of Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, heads the newly established California Smart Grid Center at the University. The center develops technological solutions to help utility companies respond to peak electrical power demands.

During his STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) presentation Sept. 21, Macari detailed ways to save energy by creating better communication methods between users and their utility companies.

“New advanced metering systems allow utilities to more efficiently provide electrical service to homes and businesses by providing two-way electronic communications between consumers and suppliers,” says Macari.

The California Smart Grid Center also develops curriculum to educate engineering and computer science students interested in smart grid careers. In April, the Center received $905,348 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the development of a new Smart Grid training and workforce development program.           

“Electrical utilities predict that as many as 50 percent of their technical staff will retire within the next five to 10 years,” says Macari. “This training program will give displaced workers the opportunity to change careers to the power industry by providing scholarships, continuing education courses and certificate programs

For more information on Smart Grid, contact Macari at 278-6127, or visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.