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New Power Engineering Faculty Joining ECE and the Center

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and Eversource Energy Center (EEC) are happy to announce the recruitment of two new faculty as part of our cluster hire in the field of power systems engineering:



Dr. Zongjie Wang is currently research associate in Systems Engineering at Cornell University. She earned her Bachelors,Masters, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China. Dr. Wang’s research interests focus on problems in modern power systems and renewable energy through leveraging dataanalytics, optimization and simulation techniques. Her projects include development of new algorithms  for  optimal  power  flow  in  power  systems  with  high  penetration  of renewable energy sources; bi-level optimization between transmissionand distribution systems; comprehensive modeling of distributed generators in active distribution systems; networkequivalent modeling of New York state power system topology; feasible power flow solutions in weakly-meshed activedistribution systems, sensitivity analysis of new extended bus types in power systems. Dr. Wang has a patent “online multi-period power dispatch problems” filed by U.S. in 2020. As an invited speaker, she gave one of her talks at the headquarter ofUS Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s Technical Meeting in DC. She is also a member of PSERC committee and hascollaborations with power system operators in the industries and other institutions, for example, New England ISO, New York ISO, MIT, OhioState University, Technical University of Denmark.


Dr. Junbo Zhao has been an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, USA since 2019. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in 2018. He was a Research Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech from May 2018 to August 2019. He also did a summer internship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from May to August 2017. He is currently the chair of the IEEE Task Force on Power System Dynamic State and Parameter Estimation and the IEEE Task Force on Cyber-Physical Interdependency for Power System Operation and Control, co-chair of the IEEE Working Group on Power System Static and Dynamic State Estimation, the Secretary of the IEEE PES Bulk Power System Operation Subcommittee. He has published three book chapters and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, where more than 50 appear in IEEE Transactions. His research interests are cyber-physical power system modeling, estimation, security, dynamics and stability, uncertainty quantification, renewable energy integration and control, robust statistical signal processing and machine learning. He serves as the editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Power and Engineering Letters, the Associate Editor of International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, and the subject editor ofIET Generation, Transmission & Distribution. He is the receipt of best paper awards of 2020 IEEE PES General Meeting and 2019 IEEE PES ISGT Asia. He received the Top 3 Associate Editor Award from IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE PES Outstanding Engineering Award in 2020.




Published: May 11, 2021

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