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Can Nine Attacks Cause National Blackouts?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “U.S. Risks National Blackout From Small-Scale Attack,” describes work that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is doing on the vulnerability of the US power grid. The most disturbing of FERC’s conclusions … Continue reading

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In case you’re in need of some fresh bedside reading . . . consider my Applied Optimization: Formulation and Algorithms for Engineering Systems! (aff link) Click here for more details about the book. “I heartily recommend Applied Optimization to engineers … Continue reading

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Defending the Grid

According to recent reports by NPR and the Wall Street Journal, last year’s attack on the Metcalf substation in California was not random. Rather, the attackers targeted equipment to disable it after cutting communications lines. Whether or not the result … Continue reading

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Battery Swapping a Winner for Tesla’s Model S

I recently visited the Tesla store at the Domain in Austin to check out the Tesla Model S.  The compact layout of the electric drivetrain allows for a trunk at the front of the car — a “frunk”– in addition … Continue reading

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