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Electric power and energy systems research

The electric power and energy systems curriculum in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering includes six upper division undergraduate and fourteen graduate courses in the area of power system analysis, power generation, transmission and distribution, power system dynamics and stability, energy conversion, electric machines, power electronics, high voltage engineering, and nuclear power engineering.

ASU is the lead university in the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC), an industrially and federally supported program of industry/university cooperation. Students are exposed to industrial projects, professional society meetings, laboratory experience, and research partially supported by PSERC. More information about PSERC may be found at http://www.pserc.org

Also, the ASU power engineering program is part of a NSF funded engineering research center, the Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution Management (FREEDM) center.  The FREEDM center deals with the use of solid state controllers and devices to implement a ‘next generation’ power distribution system, including distributed energy resources.

Research activities

The control systems program concentrates on Ph.D. education sponsored by various federal and private sources. Most of the Ph.D. students receive financial support in the form of research assistantships or fellowships.

Courses

Upper division undergraduate courses

EEE 460: Nuclear Power Engineering
EEE 463: Electrical Power Plants
EEE 470: Electric Power Devices
EEE 471: Power System Analyses
EEE 472 – Power Electronics
EEE 473: Electrical Machinery

Elective courses

EEE 562: Nuclear Reactor Theory and Design
EEE 563: Nuclear Reactor System Dynamics and Diagnostics
EEE 564: Interdisciplinary Nuclear Power Operations
EEE 571: Power System Transients
EEE 572: Advanced Power Electronics
EEE 574: Computer Solution of Power System
EEE 577: Power Engineering Operations and Planning
EEE 579: Power Transmission and Distribution
EEE 598: Electric Power Quality
EEE 598: Power System Stability
EEE 598: Power System Dynamics
EEE 598 : Power Electronics applications in Power Systems
EEE 770: Advanced Topics in Power Systems

Electric power and energy systems faculty research interests

Computer-aided design for power electronics

Gerald Heydt

Gerald Heydt
Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Professor of Advanced Technology

Research Interests
Power engineering, electric power quality, distribution engineering, transmission engineering, computer applications in power engineering, power engineering education, power system sensors and instrumentation

Cyber physical systems security and data privacy

Oliver Kosut

Oliver Kosut
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Information theory, cyber-security, smart grids, active adversaries

Lalitha Sankar

Lalitha Sankar
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Cyber-security and privacy in the Smart Grid, privacy of electronic data, information- theoretic privacy measures, applications of game theory to privacy problems, finite block-length source coding, distributed state estimation and optimal power flow with security and privacy guarantees in the Smart Grid

Yang Weng

Yang Weng
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Power systems, machine learning, demand response, data analytics, cyber-physical systems, and convex optimization

Data processing and decentralized optimization for power systems

Anna Scaglione

Anna Scaglione
Professor

Research Interests
Statistical signal and array processing, sensor networks and network science, communication and information theory, energy delivery and power systems.

Demand side management

Vijay Vittal

Vijay Vittal
ASU Foundation Professor in Electric Power Systems
Ira A. Fulton Chair

Research Interests
Electric power, power system dynamics and controls, nonlinear systems, computer applications in power, sustainable energy, modeling and simulation of complex systems

Dielectrics, nanodielectrics, insulating materials for power delivery

Electric motors

Raja Ayyanar

Raja Ayyanar
Professor

Research Interests
Power electronics, DC-DC converters, power management, power conversion and control for renewable energy interface, especially PV and wind, electric vehicles, motor drives, wide bandgap devices and applications

Energy storage

Qin Lei

Qin Lei
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
High power converters for high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission/medium voltage direct current (MVDC) transmission, medium voltage drive, grid-integration of renewable energy sources, transportation electrification/electric vehicle/hybrid electric vehicle, power management for smart-grid/micro-grid, wide-band gap device application (SiC, GaN), energy storage

Jiangchao Qin

Jiangchao Qin
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Power electronics, power electronics-based power systems, high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission and DC grids, WBG-based converters, grid integration of renewable energy resources, microgrids, energy storage systems, hybrid electric vehicles and transportation electrification, and electric drives.

High-voltage power electronics

Raja Ayyanar

Raja Ayyanar
Professor

Research Interests
Power electronics, DC-DC converters, power management, power conversion and control for renewable energy interface, especially PV and wind, electric vehicles, motor drives, wide bandgap devices and applications

Qin Lei

Qin Lei
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
High power converters for high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission/medium voltage direct current (MVDC) transmission, medium voltage drive, grid-integration of renewable energy sources, transportation electrification/electric vehicle/hybrid electric vehicle, power management for smart-grid/micro-grid, wide-band gap device application (SiC, GaN), energy storage

Jiangchao Qin

Jiangchao Qin
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Power electronics, power electronics-based power systems, high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission and DC grids, WBG-based converters, grid integration of renewable energy resources, microgrids, energy storage systems, hybrid electric vehicles and transportation electrification, and electric drives.

Information networks for intelligent infrastructures

Oliver Kosut

Oliver Kosut
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Information theory, cyber-security, smart grids, active adversaries

Lalitha Sankar

Lalitha Sankar
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Cyber-security and privacy in the Smart Grid, privacy of electronic data, information- theoretic privacy measures, applications of game theory to privacy problems, finite block-length source coding, distributed state estimation and optimal power flow with security and privacy guarantees in the Smart Grid

Daniel Tylavsky

Daniel Tylavsky
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Electric power systems, numerical methods applied to large-scale system problems, parallel numerical algorithms, new educational methods and technologies, applying social optimization to power system markets, and transformer thermal modeling

Numerical method for wide area systems

Daniel Tylavsky

Daniel Tylavsky
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Electric power systems, numerical methods applied to large-scale system problems, parallel numerical algorithms, new educational methods and technologies, applying social optimization to power system markets, and transformer thermal modeling

Optimization, game theory

Kory Hedman

Kory Hedman
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Power and energy systems, operations research, renewable energy, power system economics, operations and planning, transmission engineering, mathematical programming, stochastic optimization, market design, energy economics, financial engineering

Plug-in electric vehicles, electric storage

Raja Ayyanar

Raja Ayyanar
Professor

Research Interests
Power electronics, DC-DC converters, power management, power conversion and control for renewable energy interface, especially PV and wind, electric vehicles, motor drives, wide bandgap devices and applications

Qin Lei

Qin Lei
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
High power converters for high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission/medium voltage direct current (MVDC) transmission, medium voltage drive, grid-integration of renewable energy sources, transportation electrification/electric vehicle/hybrid electric vehicle, power management for smart-grid/micro-grid, wide-band gap device application (SiC, GaN), energy storage

Anna Scaglione

Anna Scaglione
Professor

Research Interests
Statistical signal and array processing, sensor networks and network science, communication and information theory, energy delivery and power systems.

Power distribution systems

Gerald Heydt

Gerald Heydt
Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Professor of Advanced Technology

Research Interests
Power engineering, electric power quality, distribution engineering, transmission engineering, computer applications in power engineering, power engineering education, power system sensors and instrumentation

Power markets economics

Kory Hedman

Kory Hedman
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Power and energy systems, operations research, renewable energy, power system economics, operations and planning, transmission engineering, mathematical programming, stochastic optimization, market design, energy economics, financial engineering

Mojdeh Khorsand

Mojdeh Khorsand
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Power systems operations and planning, power systems restoration and cascading events, cyber-security for electric power systems, renewable energy, transient stability studies, protection systems, power flow control technologies, stochastic optimization, and electric energy markets

Anna Scaglione

Anna Scaglione
Professor

Research Interests
Statistical signal and array processing, sensor networks and network science, communication and information theory, energy delivery and power systems.

Daniel Tylavsky

Daniel Tylavsky
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Electric power systems, numerical methods applied to large-scale system problems, parallel numerical algorithms, new educational methods and technologies, applying social optimization to power system markets, and transformer thermal modeling

Power systems sensors, power quality

Gerald Heydt

Gerald Heydt
Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Professor of Advanced Technology

Research Interests
Power engineering, electric power quality, distribution engineering, transmission engineering, computer applications in power engineering, power engineering education, power system sensors and instrumentation

Power transmission systems

Kory Hedman

Kory Hedman
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Power and energy systems, operations research, renewable energy, power system economics, operations and planning, transmission engineering, mathematical programming, stochastic optimization, market design, energy economics, financial engineering

Gerald Heydt

Gerald Heydt
Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Professor of Advanced Technology

Research Interests
Power engineering, electric power quality, distribution engineering, transmission engineering, computer applications in power engineering, power engineering education, power system sensors and instrumentation

Vijay Vittal

Vijay Vittal
ASU Foundation Professor in Electric Power Systems
Ira A. Fulton Chair

Research Interests
Electric power, power system dynamics and controls, nonlinear systems, computer applications in power, sustainable energy, modeling and simulation of complex systems

Junshan Zhang

Junshan Zhang
Ira. A Fulton Chair Professor

Research Interests
Wireless networks, mobile social networks, privacy and security, information theory, optimization and control in cyber-physical systems and smart grid

Smart grids

Oliver Kosut

Oliver Kosut
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Information theory, cyber-security, smart grids, active adversaries

Ying-Cheng Lai

Ying-Cheng Lai
ISS Professor

Research Interests
Nonlinear dynamics, complex networks, quantum transport in nanostructures, graphene physics, signal processing, biological physics

Lalitha Sankar

Lalitha Sankar
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Cyber-security and privacy in the Smart Grid, privacy of electronic data, information- theoretic privacy measures, applications of game theory to privacy problems, finite block-length source coding, distributed state estimation and optimal power flow with security and privacy guarantees in the Smart Grid

Anna Scaglione

Anna Scaglione
Professor

Research Interests
Statistical signal and array processing, sensor networks and network science, communication and information theory, energy delivery and power systems.

Meng Wu

Meng Wu
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Electric power systems, data analytics for power system planning and operations, modelling and stability assessment for renewable energy integration, optimization methods for smart grids and electricity markets.

Junshan Zhang

Junshan Zhang
Ira. A Fulton Chair Professor

Research Interests
Wireless networks, mobile social networks, privacy and security, information theory, optimization and control in cyber-physical systems and smart grid

Yanchao Zhang

Yanchao Zhang
Professor

Research Interests
Network and distributed system security, wireless networking, mobile computing

Solar photovoltaics systems

Raja Ayyanar

Raja Ayyanar
Professor

Research Interests
Power electronics, DC-DC converters, power management, power conversion and control for renewable energy interface, especially PV and wind, electric vehicles, motor drives, wide bandgap devices and applications

Zachary Holman

Zachary Holman
Trustee Professor

Research Interests
Amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells, light management in solar cells, transparent conductive oxides, semiconductor nanoparticles, optical and electronic properties of nanoscale materials, plasma synthesis of powders, deposition of powders and thin films

Armando Rodriguez

Armando Rodriguez
Professor

Research Interests
Control of nonlinear distributed parameter systems, approximation theory, sampled data and multi-rate control, embedded systems, rapid prototyping, modeling, simulation, animation, and real-time control (MoSART) of Flexible Autonomous Machines operating in an uncertain Environment (FAME), integrated real-time health monitoring, modeling, … read more

Vijay Vittal

Vijay Vittal
ASU Foundation Professor in Electric Power Systems
Ira A. Fulton Chair

Research Interests
Electric power, power system dynamics and controls, nonlinear systems, computer applications in power, sustainable energy, modeling and simulation of complex systems

Transient stability, non-linear dynamics analysis and simulation of power systems

Vijay Vittal

Vijay Vittal
ASU Foundation Professor in Electric Power Systems
Ira A. Fulton Chair

Research Interests
Electric power, power system dynamics and controls, nonlinear systems, computer applications in power, sustainable energy, modeling and simulation of complex systems

Wide-area monitoring

Anamitra Pal

Anamitra Pal
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Power and energy systems, energy modeling and smart grids, wide-area monitoring, protection and control

Wind power generation

Raja Ayyanar

Raja Ayyanar
Professor

Research Interests
Power electronics, DC-DC converters, power management, power conversion and control for renewable energy interface, especially PV and wind, electric vehicles, motor drives, wide bandgap devices and applications

Vijay Vittal

Vijay Vittal
ASU Foundation Professor in Electric Power Systems
Ira A. Fulton Chair

Research Interests
Electric power, power system dynamics and controls, nonlinear systems, computer applications in power, sustainable energy, modeling and simulation of complex systems

Junshan Zhang

Junshan Zhang
Ira. A Fulton Chair Professor

Research Interests
Wireless networks, mobile social networks, privacy and security, information theory, optimization and control in cyber-physical systems and smart grid