My internship in cybersecurity at NREL

Name: Aditya Sundararajan

Hometown: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

What is your major? Electrical and computer engineering

Where did you intern? I interned at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s South Table Mountain Campus in Golden, Colorado.

What did you do there? I worked as an electrical and computing engineer in the Security & Resilience (S&R) Group at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The group provides utility companies across the country with site assessments to evaluate existing security controls, identify gaps and offer prioritized action items to improve cybersecurity for the distribution domain of the smart grid. The smart grid is a nation’s key critical infrastructure which integrates the traditional electric grid with information and communication technologies to ensure the availability of power to homes, businesses and emergency units at an enhanced efficiency without jeopardizing the security and privacy.

I worked on a couple of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) related projects that explored their cybersecurity requirements and solutions. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to assist in a partnership project with the Colorado School of Mines and cybersecurity standards development for DERs.

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