NESI-SES Association awards energy research grants to OSU faculty

May 11, 2015
The National Energy Solutions Institute-Smart Energy Source (NESI-SES) Association has announced recipients of research grants totaling $150,000 to fund studies of energy-related projects that will impact Oklahoma and national energy industries.
NESI-SES, a research partnership between Oklahoma State University and members of the Smart Energy Source Association, is awarding three, one-year research grants worth $50,000 each to the following OSU researchers:
  • Dr. Jamey Jacob, professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for the proposal, “UAS (unmanned aerial systems) for Infrastructure Inspection”
  • Dr. Ajay Kumar, assistant professor, and co-principal investigator Dr. Raymond Hunke, professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, for the proposal, “Low-Cost Mobile Power Generation Unit Capable of Converting a Broad Range of Carbonaceous Feedstocks”
  • A grant divided among the following scientists for the research proposal, “Privacy Issues in Smart Grid Data Sharing”
    • Dr. Qi Cheng, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Dr. Arash Pourhabib, assistant professor, Industrial Engineering
    • Dr. Eric Chan-Tin, assistant professor, Computer Science
NESI-SES supports research to provide solutions to issues of interest to the energy industry. Topics to be considered for research and development include, but are not limited to:
  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Power transmission and distribution
  • Energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability
  • Policy and Finance
Grant funding was made possible by SES members in collaboration with the OSU Research Foundation (OSURF) and the Office of the Vice President for Research. NESI-SES, founded in 2013, brings together utilities and other energy-related companies with scientists involved with OSU energy research programs to increase collaboration, collective intelligence and business analytics. For information about this private-academic partnership visit Visit to learn more about OSU’s National Energy Solutions Institute.