Invited Seminars



  1. Iqbal Husain, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow, ABB Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, “Power Distribution System Modernization with Solid State Transformer and Integrated Renewables“, Friday, November 16, 2018, 11:30 a.m., WEB 236C .
  2. Mark Rayner, Toshiba International Corporation Chief Technology Executive, “Energy and Power Group Seminar with Mark Rayner”, Monday, November 19, 2018, 3:00 p.m., ETB 1003


  1. Sudipta Dutta, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, GE Energy Consulting , “The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind” – Technical Challenges and State-of-the-art Solutions to Large Scale Wind Power Integration, Monday, November 12, 2018, 3:00 p.m., ETB 1003 .
  2. Tracy Rolstad, Senior Power System Consultant, Avista Utilities, “Energy and Power Group Seminar: The 21st century grid: reliable, resilient, and under attack?”, Monday, October 29, 2018, 3:00 p.m., Emerging Technologies Building 1003 .
  3. Maja Harfman Todorovic, Ph.D., Principal Engineer,GE Global Research, “Applications of SiC MOSFETs – An Industry Perspective,” ZACH 304, 1:30 p.m. October 29th, 2018.
  4. Dr. Jin Wei-Kocsis, Technical fellow, General Motors, “Intelligent and Autonomous Cyber-Physical-Social Systems Paradigm for Securing Electrical Power Systems,” Monday, October 22, 2018, 3:00 p.m.-4:00p.m., ETB 1003
  5. Khwaja M. Rahman, Ph.D., Technical fellow, General Motors, “Types of Electrified Vehicles and Selection of Electric Motors for Such Vehicles,” Monday, October 01, 2018, 3:00 p.m.-4:00p.m., ETB 1003
  6. Maryam Kazerooni, Power Associate, Citadel LCC, “An overview of Energy Trading in US Power Market with Focus on PJM Interconnection,” Monday, September 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m.-4:00p.m., ETB 1003
  7. Natarajan Gautam, Ph.D., Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, TAMU, “Managing Power in Micro Grids with Renewable Sources and Storage,” Monday, April 30, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1035.
  8. Nikolaos Gatsis, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, “High Speed Megawatt Class Motor and High Frequemcy Variable Speed Drive System”, Monday April 16, 2018, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1035.
  9. Manish Verma, Senior Application Engineer, TMEIC, Todd O’Neal; Technical Sales Manager, TMEIC, “High Power Medium Voltage Variable Frequency Motor Drives”, Monday March 26, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ETB 1035.
  10. Jenn Gannon, GMD, PhD., Division at Computational Physics, Inc., “Geohazards and GICs : How can space weather and the Earth’s geology affect the power grid?”, Monday March 19, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ETB 1035.
  11. Hala N. Ballouz, P.E., President- Electric Power Engineers, Inc., “Advanced Power System Analytics Induced by Smart Technology – Software Tools and Consulting Services Evolution”, Monday, March 5, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ETB 1035.
  12. Daniel K. Molzahn, PhD., Computational Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, Energy Systems Division, “Recent Research in Power System Optimization: Approximation Error Quantification, Feasible Space Computation, and Convex Relaxations”, Monday, February 26, 2018, 3:00-4:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  13. Paulo Guedes-Pinto, Director, Design Center and R&D – TECO-Westinghouse , “High Speed Megawatt Class Motor and High Frequency Variable Speed Drive System”, Monday, February 19, 2018, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1035.
  14. Alison Silverstein, North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI), “A Holistic View of Grid Reliability, Resilience, Synchrophasors and Technology”, Monday, December 4, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1003.
  15. Hao Zhu, PhD., University of Texas at Austin, “Data-Driven Estimation of Frequency Response from Ambient Synchrophasor Measurements”, Thursday, November 30, 2017, 1:00-2:00 p.m., ETB 236C.
  16. Ye Guo, PhD., Cornell University, “On Interchange Scheduling in Multi-area Power Systems”, Monday, November 20, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1003.
  17. Na Li, Ph.D., Harvard University, “Distributed Energy management with Limited Communication”, Monday, November 13, 2017. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  18. Benjamin Stirling, Operations Technology Analyst at Luminant, “Consequences Of Failure: Adventure In The World Of Industrial Control Systems”, Monday, November 6, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1003.
  19. Changhong Zhao, Ph.D., National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, “Distributed Real-Time Control and Convex Optimization in Power Systems“, Monday, October 30, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1003.
  20. Matt Davis, Ph.D., Powerworld Corporation, “RAS and Advance Contingency Modeling in PowerWorld“, Monday, October 23, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1003
  21. Kiruba Haran, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics University of Illinois, “Electric Propulsion For Commercial Transport Aircraft”, Monday, October 16, 2017. 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1003
  22. Bowen Hua, Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, “Reducing Uplift Payments in Electricity Markets”, Monday, October 9, 2017. 3:00-4:00 p.m., ETB 1003.
  23. Tom Overbye, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M, “The Impact of Corona Mass Ejections on the High Voltage Electric Grid”, Monday, October 2, 2017. 11:30 a.m., MIST M102.
  24. Adam B. Birchfield, Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M, “Power Flow Convergence And Reactive Power Planning In Large Synthetic Grids”, Monday, October 2, 2017. 3:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m., ETB 1003.
  25. Ikponmwosa Idehen, Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M, “An Integrated Environment For The Study Of PMU Data Errors”, Monday, October 2, 2017. 3:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., ETB 1003.
  26. Joydeep Mitra, Ph.D., Michigan State University, “Use of Energy Storage for Reliability Improvement of Renewable Generation”, Thursday, September 21, 2017. 1:00 p.m.-2:00p.m., WERC 236C.
  27. Xhaojian Wang, Ph.D. Candidate, Tsinghua University, “EPPEI Seminar: Distributed Frequency Control with Operational Constraints”, Monday, September 11th, 2017. 3:00 p.m., ETB 1003.
  28. Hongbin Sun, Tsinghua University, “Transmission-Distribution Coordinated Energy Management with Its Distributed Methods“, Monday, July 24, 2017. 10:00-11:30am, WEB 236C.
  29. Qinglai Guo, Tsinghua University, “A Combined Analysis Method for EMSs Considering Cyber-Physical Interactions“, Monday, July 24, 2017. 10:00-11:30am, WEB 236C.
  30. Wenchuan Wu, Tsinghua University, “Fully Distributed and Autonomous Control for Active Distribution Networks“, Monday, July 24, 2017. 10:00-11:30am, WEB 236C.
  31. Liugi Vanfretti, Professor, Stockholm, “Equation-Based Physical Modeling of Electrical Power Systems using OpenIPSL and OpenModelica“, Thursday, April 20, 2017. 11:00am-12:00pm, WEB 324.
  32. Ram Rajagopal, Ph.D., Stanford University, “Data-Driven Learning In Power Distribution Networks”, Monday, April 17, 2017. 3:30-4:30 p.m., WEB 236C.
  33. Meng Wang, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), “High-Dimensional Data Analytics of PMU Measurements by Exploiting Low-Dimensional Models”, Monday, April 17, 2017. 2:00-3:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  34. Hsiao Dong Chiang, Ph.D., Cornell University, “Toward Online Optimal Power Flow solutions: Theory and Applications”, Friday, February 17, 2017. 1:50-2:45 p.m., Civil Engineering Building 203.
  35. Maryam Kazerooni, Ph.D., Texas A&M, “Enhanced Power System Resiliency to High-Impact, Low-Frequency Events”, Friday, February 10, 2017. 1:50-2:40 p.m., CVE 203.
  36. Jorge Ramos-Ruiz, Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M, “Lecture Series: Dynamic Modeling Of Grid Connected Power Electronics, Lecture 3”, Monday December 19, 2016. 12:00-2:00 p.m., Fishbowl WEB.
  37. V. Seshadri Sravan Kumar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. “Lecture Series: Dynamic Modeling of Grid Connected Electrical Machines, Lecture 2”, Monday, December 12, 2016. 12:00 p.m., Fishbowl WEB.
  38. Jay Giri, Ph.D., Director – Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives, GE Grid Solutions, Redmond, Washington. “Managing Uncertainties of the Future Grid, Or “Keeping the Lights on – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!”, Monday, November 14, 2016. 11:00am-12:00pm., WEB 236C
  39. Wei Zhan, Ph.D., Engineer Technology & Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M, “Coordinate Transformation and Feedback for Linearization of Affine Nonlinear Systems“, Wednesday, September 28, 2016. 3:00-4:00 p.m., WEB 236C
  40. Guru Pai, Ph.D., Power Systems Engineer, GE Grid Solutions, “Digital Technologies for Improved Situation Awareness in Energy Management Systems”, Wednesday, September 21, 2016. 3:00-4:00 p.m., WEB 236C
  41. Katherine Davis, Ph.D., Research Scientist, University of Illinois, “Power Systems Monitoring and Control in a Cyber-Adversarial Environment“, Thursday, September 1st, 2016, 2:30 p.m., WEB 236C.
  42. Mauro Augusto Rosa, Ph.D., Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, “Evaluation of Power Quality Indices using Probabilistic Techniques“, Wednesday, August 23th, 2016, 3:00- 4:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  43. Sarma (NDR) Nuthalapti, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station “Basics of Power System Operations- Part 4“, Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 2:00- 3:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  44. Sarma (NDR) Nuthalapati, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station “Basics of Power System Operations- Part 3“, Friday, May 27th, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  45. Ryan Quint, Ph.D., P.E., North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), “Analytic Capabilities at NERC – Modeling and System Analysis Initiatives“, Friday, May 6th, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., ETB 3002.
  46. Mark Patterson, Ph.D., Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), “Demand Response Programs in ERCOT”, Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  47. Sarma (NDR) Nuthalapati, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, “Basics of Power System Operations – Part 2: Distribution Automation Systems”, Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  48. Sarma (NDR) Nuthalapati, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station “Basics of Power System Operations – Part 1: Energy Management Systems”, Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  49. Yonggang Li, Ph.D. (Independent Market Monitor of the Texas Electricity Market) “Electricity Market Design, Operations and Monitoring: Past, Present and Future”, Wednesday March 30, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, WEB 236C.
  50. Minjie Chen, Ph.D., MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics, “Next Generation Power Electronics for Important Applications“, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., WEB 236C.
  51. V. Seshadri Sravan Kumar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, “Modeling and Analysis of Grid Connected Variable Speed Wind Generators“, Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Fishbowl (Tele-Seminar) 
  52. Sicun Gao, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT CSAIL, “Algorithmic Engines for Control System Design“, WEB 236C, 10:30am-11:30am, December 4, 2015
  53. Lalitha Sankar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Arizona State University) “Consequences of Unobservable Cyber and Cyber-Physical False Data Injection Attacks on the Electric Power System“, WEB 333, 3:00-4:00pm, December 2, 2015
  54. Yue M. Lu, Ph.D., John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, “A Look to Past and Current Design Techniques”, Thursday, November 19 2015, 10:00 am, 236C WEB
  55. Christopher Weldy, Engineer (Oncor Electric Delivery) “Transmission Planning in Remote Areas”, WEB 236C, 4:00-5:00pm, October 29, 2015,
  56. Peng Xiong, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow, ECE (Texas A&M University) “Distributionally Robust Optimization Framework for Modeling Power Systems Under Uncertainty“, WEB 236C, 4:00-5:00pm, October 19, 2015,
  57. Albert C. B. Melo, Ph.D., Director-General of CEPEL (Brazilian Electric Energy Research Center) “CEPEL’s Chain of Optimization Models as a Supporting Tool for the Decision Making in the Brazilian Regulatory Framework“, WEB 236C, 11:00-12:00pm, September 28, 2015,
  58. Madhur Behl, Ph.D. Candidate (University of Pennsylvania) “Data-Driven Modeling, Control and Tools for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems“, WEB 236C, 2:30-3:30 p.m., September 23rd, 2015,
  59. Dejan Sobajic, Ph.D. (Grid Consulting LLC, San Jose, CA) “NYISO: Current Trends and Opportunities”, WEB 236C, 11:00 – 12:00 p.m., August 27th, 2015.
  60. Qinglai Guo,Ph.D.,  (Tsignhua University in China) “Hierarchical Automatic Voltage Control for Integration of Large-scale Wind Power“, WEB 236C, 11:00am, August 3rd, 2015,
  61. Suresh Chandra Srivastav, Ph.D., (Indian Institute of Technology) “Synchrophasor Initiatives in India, and Development of Wide Area Damping Controller and Supervisory Protection Scheme“, WEB 236C, 3:00pm, June 10th, 2015,
  62. Carmen Lucia Tancredo Borges, Ph.D., (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) “Reliability Simulation Model Incorporating Renewable Energy Sources“, WEB 236C, 3:00pm, May 28th, 2015,
  63. Paul A. Thomas (Oncor Electric Delivery) “Power Quality Study on a Distribution Circuit: A Case Study“, WEB 236C, 3:00pm, April 29th, 2015,
  64. Glauco N. Taranto, Ph.D., (COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil) “Prospective Applications of Synchrophasors in Voltage Security and Out-of-Step Protection“, WEB 236C, 4:00pm, April 23rd, 2015,
  65. Yang Weng, Ph.D. (Stanford University) “Data Analytics for Power Systems: Embedding Physical Laws and System Pattern into Learning“, WEB 236C, 3:00pm, April 22nd, 2015,
  66. Emiliano Dall’Anese (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) “Bridging the Gap Between Real-time Control and Optimization in Distribution Systems“, WEB 236C, 10:00am, April 22nd, 2015,
  67. Alan Meier (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “How to Write an Irresistible Abstract“, WEB 236C, 10:00am, April 21st, 2015,
  68. Alan Meier (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “Soon There Will be an Internet-Connected Thermostat in Your Life“, WEB 236C, 3:00pm, April 20th, 2015,
  69. James “Bob” Biard, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University) “Early Days at TI“, WEB 236C, 4:00-5:00pm, April 16th, 2015,
  70. Le Xie, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University) “Closing the Loop around Data for Low-Carbon Power Systems”, ETB 1003, 3:55pm, April 2nd, 2015.
  71. A.J. Han Vinck, Ph.D. (University of Duisburg-Essen) “General Thoughts About Power Line Communications“, WEB 236C, 10:00am, March 27th, 2015,
  72. Baoming Ge (TEES Research Engineering, TAMU) “Single-phase Quasi-Z Source Inverter Module for Cascade Multilevel Inverter“, ETB 1037, 3:00pm, March 9th, 2015,
  73. WanZhan Song, Ph.D., (Georgia State University) “Real-time In-situ Seismic Imaging with Sensor Networks“, WEB 236C, 3:00pm, March 4th, 2015,
  74. Benjamin K. Stallwitz (Zachry Engineering Corporation) “Practical Look at Design Processes and Applications“, WEB 236C, 3:00pm, March 2nd, 2015,
  75. Pradeep S. Shenoy (Texas Instruments) “A Guide to Reducing Energy Consumption in Data Centers”, ETB 1003, 3:00pm, February 25th, 2015,
  76. Milos Cvetkovic, Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering Department, MIT) “Cooperative Control for Transient Stabilization Using Power-Electronics“, ETB 1003, 3:00pm, February 23rd, 2015,
  77. John D. McDonald (GE Digital Energy) “Smart Grid: Concepts, Solutions, Standards, Recent Deployments and Lessons Learned”, ETB 3002, 11am, Nov. 18, 2014, Read more>
  78. Paul A. Thomas (Oncor Electric Delivery, LLC) “Power Quality Disturbances on the Distribution System Due to Power Electronics and PV Penetration: Two Case Studies”, ETB 1037, 3:15pm, Nov. 12nd, 2014, Read more>
  79. Daniel Kirschen, Ph.D. (University of Washington) “Energy Positioning: Control and Economics”, ZACH 213C, 2pm, Nov. 7th, 2014,  Read more >
  80. Bill Meehan and Brian J. Baldwin (Environmental Systems Research Institute, ESRI) “What’s New In Utility Geographic Information Systems (GIS)”, ETB 1037, 3:15 p.m., Oct. 20th, 2014, Read more >
  81. Shuai Lu, Ph.D. (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) “Duke Energy Carolinas PV Integration Study”, ETB 1037, 3:15 p.m., Sep. 3rd, 2014, Read more >
  82. Qing Xia, Ph.D. (EE, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China) “A New Strategy of Combinatorial Optimization for Power System Operations and Its Application”, ETB 3002, 10:30, Aug. 4th, 2014, Read more >
  83. Kader S. Gacem (Blanchard & Associates) “Patent Law Primer for Researchers and Engineers “, Feb. 21st, 2014, Read more >
  84. João Barros, Ph.D. (CEO of Veniam’Works, Associate Professor at Universidade do Porto) “How to build an ecosystem for future city innovation: the case of Porto, Portugal”, Feb. 10th, 2014, Read more >
  85. David A. Costello (Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc) “An Open-Circuited CT Misoperation and Investigation “, Feb. 5th, 2014, Read more >
  86. Daniel Molzahn, Ph.D. (Dow Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan) “Application of Semidefinite Optimization Techniques to the Optimal Power Flow Problem”, Jan. 20th, 2014, Read more >
  87. Miroslav Begovic, Ph.D. (Professor, Chair, Electric Energy Research Group, Georgia Institute of Technology; President-Elect, IEEE Power & Energy Society) “The Challenge of Modern Power and Energy Education: Role of Universities and Professional Associations”, Oct. 28, 2013, Read more>
  88. Wei-Jen Lee, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, Director of Energy Systems Research Center) “Integration of Wind Generation into Smart Grid”, Oct. 23, 2013, Read more >
  89. Lei Huang, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Prairie View A&M University) “Image Processing Cloud Infrastructure”, Oct. 16, 2013, Read more >
  90. Xu Luo, Ph.D. (Southern California Edison) “Power Market Operations: From ISO to Market Participant”, Oct. 7, 2013, Read more >
  91. Andreas Gerstlauer,Ph.D.  (University of Texas at Austin) “Energy-Efficient System Design”, Sep. 6, 2013, Read more >
  92. Andy Xu Sun, Ph.D. (Georgia Institute of Technology) “Robust Optimization and Applications to Electric Energy Systems”, Mar. 01, 2013, Read more >
  93. L. Peter Lobo (STMicroelectronics) “Enabling Semiconductor Solutions for Smart Grid”, Feb. 20, 2013
  94. Jevier Fuentes (NRG Energy) “Solar in Texas: Current Landscape and Challenges Ahead”, Feb. 13, 2013, Read more >
  95. Joe Chow, Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) “Applications of Synchrophasor Data to Power System State Estimation and Control”, Feb. 06, 2013, Read more >
  96. Brian MacCleery (National Instruments) “An Improved Methodology for Model Based Design – New Co-Simulation Tools Create a Bi-Directional Design Flow for Simulation and Deployment of FPGA-Based Power Electronics Control Systems”, Jan. 30, 2013, Read more >
  97. Daniel Viassolo and Bogdan Wiecek (Halliburton) “Control of Battery Storage for a Wind Farm”, Nov. 28, 2012, Read more >
  98. Scott Gregory Minos (U.S. Department of Energy) “Smart Grid: Changing the Paradigm to Address Challenges of Electrical Power Delivery”, Nov. 14, 2012, Read more >
  99. Kevin Ding, Ph.D. (CenterPoint Energy) “CenterPoint Energy Control Center Applications and Development”, Nov. 12, 2012, Read more >
  100. Masoud Hajiaghajani, Mike Alford (Chevron Energy Technology Company) “Applications of Electrical Power Engineering in the Oil and Gas Industry”, Apr. 11, 2012.
  101. Mo Jamshidi (The University of Texas at San Antonio) “Cyber-Physical Systems – Principles and Applications to Sustainable Energy “, Mar. 28, 2012.
  102. Dan Ionel (Chief Scientist Vestas Wind Turbines R&D, Adjunct Professor, Marquette University) “Wind Turbine Technology and a 100% Renewable Energy Society”, Mar. 21, 2012.
  103. Stan Atcitty (Sandia National Laboratory) “DOE Energy Storage Power Electronic Program”, Feb. 2, 2012.
  104. Misha Chertkov “Optimization and Control Theory for Smart (Power) Grids”, Nov. 22, 2010.
  105. Jian Chen (ERCOT) “State Estimation in ERCOT”, Nov. 17, 2010.
  106. Mehrdad Ehsani, Ph.D. (Texas A & M University) “Sustaniable Energy Engineering”, Nov. 3, 2010
  107. Ali Davoudi, Ph.D. (University of Texas- Arlington) “Accurate and Fast Modeling and Simulation Frameworks for Power Electronics”, Oct. 27, 2010.