Robert Balog is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment in the Texas A&M University at Qatar campus. He received his B.S. Degree (1996) in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and his M.S. Degree (2002) and Ph.D. (2006) in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the Director of the Renewable Energy & Advanced Power Electronics Research Lab and co-director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center of Next Generation Photovoltaics. Dr. Balog is a senior member of the IEEE where he has held numerous positions of leadership in the Power Electronics Society. He a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors and an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Science. HE has published over 200 conference and journal papers. He has 20 issued US patents. His research group investigates the fundamental engineering and scientific basis of electrical energy conversion with a focus on power electronics and controls at the grid-edge.
- Advance power electronics systems and controls
- Photovoltaic balance of systems (BOS)
- Non-planer photovoltaic systems and Bi PV
- Electrical energy storage systems
- Techno-economic optimization of renewable resource-based energy systems
- Microgrids and distributed DC power systems
- Power quality enhancement in AC electrical distribution system
- Model predicative control of power electronic systems
- Power electronics for solid state lighting (LED)
- Arc fault detection in photovoltaic, battery and dc power systems
Dr. Miroslav M. Begovic is Carolyn S. & Tommie E. Lohman ’59 Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Begovic received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1989. Prof. Begovic served as Professor and Chair of the Electrical Energy Technical Interest Group at Georgia Institute of Technology and is an affiliated faculty member of the Brooks Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems and the University of Excellence in Photovoltaic Research. Begovic is a Fellow of the IEEE Power and Energy (PES), Computer, and Circuits and Systems Societies.
- Wide area monitoring
- Protection and emergency control using smart grid apparatus
- Sustainable and resilient energy infrastructures
- Managing large assets in energy infrastructure
Adam B. Birchfield is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to this he was a research engineer at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He received the B.E.E. degree from Auburn University in 2014, M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 2018. Dr. Birchfield’s research is in power system modeling, large system transient dynamics, applications of synthetic power grid datasets, and the resilience of power systems to high-impact, low-frequency events.
- Power system modeling
- Power system computational analysis
- Synthetic power grids and datasets
- Extreme event impacts on power systems
- Dynamics and stability of power systems
- Power system visualization
Karen Butler-Purry is the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and professor of electrical and computer engineering. She received her B.S. (summa cum laude) in Electrical Engineering in 1985 from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was awarded her M.S. degree in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1994 from Howard University in Washington, D.C. During her more than 20 years at Texas A&M University, Karen has served at all faculty levels, beginning with an initial appointment as visiting assistant professor of electrical engineering in 1994.
- Computer and Intelligent Systems Application to Power Distribution
- Systems, Distribution Automation and Management, Fault Diagnosis
- Estimation of Remaining Life of Transformers, Intelligent Reconfiguration
- System Modeling and Simulation for Hybrid Vehicles
Kate Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin (2007). She has received her Master of Science Degree (2009) and Ph. D. (2011) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Power and Energy Systems, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
- Operation and Control of Power Systems
- Interactions between Computer Networks and Power Networks
- Security-oriented Cyber-physical Analysis Techniques
- Data-driven and Model-based Coupled Infrastructure Analysis and Simulation
- Cyber-Physical Situational Awareness (CyPSA)
M.Ehsani is a Professor of electrical engineering and Director of Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program and the Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and 1974, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, all in electrical engineering. Dr. Ehsani has been a member of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) AdCom and past Chairman of different IEEE committee. He also serves on the editorial board of several technical journals and is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.
- Sustainable Power and Energy Systems
- Power Electronics, Motor Drives
- Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
- Superconductive Magnetic Storage (SMES)
- Aerospace Power Systems, Specialized Power Systems
- Control Systems
- Energy Storage Systems
- High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Power Transmission
- Applications of Microcomputers to Power Control
- Pulsed Power Systems
- High Voltage Engineering and Electrical failures and Hazards
Prasad Enjeti is TI Professor III in Analog Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dwight Look College of Engineering. He received his B.S. Degree (1980) in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University, India. He received his M.S. Degree (1982) in Electrical Engineering from I.I.T. Kanpur, India. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1988) from Concordia University, Canada. Dr. Enjeti has published over 100 conference papers, 86 journal papers, and seven book chapters. He is the lead developer of the Power Electronics/Power Quality & Fuel Cell Power Conditioning Laboratories at Texas A&M University.
- Advance power electronic converters for utility interface of solar-pv/wind/fuel-cell/battery-energy storage power systems
- Design of high temperature power conversion systems with wide band-gap semiconductor devices.
- New converter topologies for single/three phase solid state transformers (SSTs) with medium frequency isolation
- Medium voltage power converters for mega-watt scale solar-pv/wind/fuel-cell energy systems, adjustable speed drives with medium frequency transformer isolation
- Development of smart solar pv-systems for curved surfaces / BIPVs
- Power quality enhancement for interconnected renewables
- Power Quality Issues: Design and development of Active Power Filters; Dynamic voltage restorer’s (DVRs) and new & improved ride-through technologies employing Flywheel and Supercapacitors.
- Advancing switching power supply designs for portable power systems and modular fuel-cell systems
Mladen Kezunovic is Regents Professor and Eugene E. Webb Professor and Site Director of “Power Engineering Research Center, PSerc” consortium. He received the Dipl. Ing., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 1974, 1977, and 1980, respectively. He has been with Texas A&M University for 31 years. He has published over 550 papers, given over 120 seminars, invited lectures and short courses, and consulted for over 50 companies worldwide. Dr. Kezunovic is an IEEE Life Fellow, a CIGRE Fellow, Honorary and Distinguished Member, and a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
- Protective Relaying
- Power Systems
- Computational Intelligence
- Smart Grids
Tom Overbye is Professor and holder of the Erle Nye ‘59 Chair for Engineering Excellence at Texas A&M University, as well as Director of the Smart Grid Center at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. He received his B.S. Degree (1983), M.S. Degree (1988) and Ph.D. (1991) in Electrical Engineering all from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former Fox Family Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he has a wealth of industry experience. Dr.Overbye is an expert in power system computational algorithms, operations, control, and visualization.
- Power Systems Operation and Control
- Power System Stability
- Power System Analysis by Computer Methods
- Power System Visualization
- Renewable Electric Energy Systems
- Smart Grid Cyber Security
- Power System Geomagnetic Disturbance Modeling and EMP
Prof. Toliyat received the B.S. degree from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1982, the M.S. degree from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI in 1991, all in electrical engineering. In March 1994 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University. Prof. Toliyat has supervised more than 85 graduate students, post-docs, and research engineers. He has published over 430 technical papers, presented more than 90 invited lectures all over the world, and has 19 issued and pending US patents.
- Condition monitoring and fault diagnosis of electric machinery
- Motors and generators, high speed, medium voltage, etc.
- Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles
- Auxiliary power generators
Dr. Le Xie is an Associate Professor and Eugene Webb Faculty Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2004. He received S.M. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in June 2005. He obtained his Ph.D. from Electric Energy Systems Group (EESG)in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. He is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and the founding chair of IEEE Power and Energy Society Subcommittee on Big Data & Analytics for Grid Operations.
- Modeling, estimation, and control of electric power systems
- Theory and application of cyber-physical systems
- Look-ahead dispatch in support of renewable energy integration
- Design and optimization of electricity markets
- Engineering, economics, and public policy for renewable energy integration