The Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium (ESRDC) brings together in a single entity the combined programs and resources of leading electric power research institutions to advance near to mid-term electric ship concepts. Additionally, the consortium addresses the national shortage of electric power engineers by providing educational opportunities for students in state-of-the-art experimental facilities. Member instutions include: The Florida State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mississippi State University, Naval Post Graduate School, Purdue University, United States Naval Academy, University of South Carolina, and the University of Texas at Austin. The ESRDC's efforts contribute to the goal of ensuring the United States' superiority in electric systems well into the future. The ESRDC is supported through a grant from the United States Office of Naval Research.