UT Power Engineering Laboratory - "Powering the Future"


Fangxing "Fran" Li
Dr. Fran Li is an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Tennessee. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Southeast University, Nanjing, China in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He then received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech in 2001. He had worked at ABB from February 2001 to August 2005 as a Senior Engineer and then a Principal Engineer before becoming a faculty member at The University of Tennessee. His current interests include distributed energy and distribution systems, energy markets, wind power integration, power system optimization, reactive power and voltage stability, and power system reliability.

E-mail: fli6@utk.edu

Yilu Liu
Dr. Yilu Liu holds the Governor's Chair in Power Systems at The University of Tennessee and is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University. She was a professor at Virginia Tech from 1990 until 2009 and Former director of their Center for Power Engineering. She is a Fellow of the IEEE. Her current interests include power system wide area monitoring and control, FACTS and energy storage applications, transformer diagnosis, power quality and transients, IT applications in power.

E-mail: liu@utk.edu

Kai Sun
Dr. Kai Sun is an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Tennessee. He received his B.S. in Automation in 1999 and Ph.D. in Control Science and Engineering in 2004 from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He previously was a project manager with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, CA in the areas of grid operations, planning and renewable integration from 2007 to 2012. His current research activities focus on understanding, preventing and mitigating cascading failures in interconnected power grids and application of real-time wide-area measurements in power system analysis and control.

E-mail: kaisun@utk.edu

Leon M. Tolbert
Dr. Leon Tolbert is the department head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee where he has worked since 1999. He received the B.E.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1991 to 1999. He is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Senior Member of the IEEE. He is an adjunct participant at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and conducts joint research at the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC).

E-mail: tolbert@utk.edu

Dr. Tomsovic

Kevin Tomsovic
Dr. Kevin Tomsovic is a CTI Professor the Director of CURENT, an NSF/DOE ERC. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering in Michigan Technological University 1982, and then he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He previously was a professor at Washington State University.

E-mail: tomsovic@eecs.utk.edu

Fred Wang
Dr. Fred Wang holds the Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics and is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Tennessee. He received his BSEE from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China in 1982, and his MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from University of Southern California in 1985 and 1990. From 1992 to 2001 he held several engineering and managerial positions at General Electric Company including GE Energy Systems, GE Industrial Systems, and GE Global Research. He joined the Center for Power Electronics Systems at Virginia Tech in 2001 and worked as an Associate Professor and the Technical Director until 2009. His current interests include design, modeling, control, and integration of power converters; motor drives; power electronics applications in transportation and renewable energy systems.

E-mail: fwang9@utk.edu

Daniel Costinett
Daniel Costinett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013. In 2012, he assisted with research and course development as an instructor at Utah State University. His research interests include resonant and soft switching power converter design, high efficiency converters for data centers, energy harvesting, implantable devices, and electric vehicles.

E-mail: dcostine@utk.edu


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Min H. Kao Engineering Building