Center for Power Systems Studies – Fall Meeting
October 04, 2016
To: Members of Center for Power Systems Studies
Associate Members of Power Systems Studies
Guests in attendance
The Center for Power Systems Studies is entering its 49th year of operation. Below is a summary of some of the past years’ power-related activities and events, since the spring meeting.
Summer – Fall 2016: Faculty and Student Summer Projects/Research Update
Served on the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Committee
Worked with CPSS Awards Committee on selection of the 2016 WEK Excellence in Power Awardee
Worked with conference committee planning for 2016 CPSS South Dakota Regional Power Conference
Served on Wanda Reder’s campaign committee for election to IEEE-USA President
- Students Graduated
- Santosh Chalise, Ph.D., Dissertation title: Power Management of Remote Microgrids Considering Battery Lifetime, 2016 – Currently working at Open Access Technology International Inc. (OATI), Minneapolis.
- Ayush Shakya, MS, Thesis title: Implementation of Solar Irradiance Forecasting using Markov Switching Model and Energy Management System, 2016 – Currently looking for a job.
- Bijen R. Shrestha, MS, Thesis title: Efficiency and Reliability Analyses of AC and 380 V DC Data Centers, 2016 – Currently looking for a job.
- Md. Habib Ullah, MS, Thesis title: Feasibility Study of Energy Storage Technologies for Remote Microgrid’s Energy Management System, 2016 – Joined Ph.D. in University of Colorado, Boulder.
- Ali Alurwaili, MS, Thesis title: The Impact of Different Battery Technologies for Remote Microgrids, 2016 - Currently looking for a job.
- Md. Riaz Khan, MS, Thesis title: Data Center Load Forecast by Dependent Mixture Model, 2016 – Joined SDSU MS in Statistics, Fall 2016.
- Currently Supervising:
- Two PhD students
- Four MS EE graduate students
- Four Senior Design Groups
- CPSS NorthWestern Energy Voltage Controller (Sponsor: CPSS)
- Efficient DC-DC Converters for Data Centers (Sponsor: Microgrid Lab)
- Daktronics Battery Monitoring System (Sponsor: Daktronics)
Served on the EE Scholarship Program Committee
Served as IEEE Student Branch Advisor
Served on the EE UG Curriculum Committee
Served on the CPSS 2016 Conference Planning Committee
- Labi Bajracharya, M.S., “Economic Analysis of a Data Center Virtual Power Plant Participating in Demand Response”
- Sadhana Shrestha, M.S., “Spatial-Temporal Stochasticity of Electric Vehicles in an Integrated Traffic and Power System”
- Supervising 1 PhD EE graduate students
- Market-based approach to new control methods in the combined transmission and distribution network using the aggregation of distribution-level assets
- Supervising 3 MS EE graduate students
- Residential and Commercial Building Energy Management Systems for reduced energy costs, demand response and reduction in network congestion (data centers, commercial buildings, residential homes). Two students (co-supervised with Dr. Robert Fourney) – one hardware, one algorithms
- Optimization methods for energy management systems (co-supervised with Dr. Tonkoski)
- Supervising one EE undergraduate student researcher
- Assisting PhD student in optimization methods for market-based control of power systems
- Incoming PhD EE graduate student
- Sustainable methods for demand response in the emerging smart grid with applications in high-performance computing
- Principal Investigator: “Design of a Flexible Building Energy Management System,” from SDSU Office of Academic Affairs Scholarly Excellence Fund, Jan. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2016, Award: $3,000.
- Principal Investigator: “Collaborative Research: A Scalable Sustainability-Based Approach to a Novel Demand Response Paradigm in the Emerging Smart Grid,” from National Science Foundation, Grant No. ECCS-1608722, Aug. 15, 2016 to Aug. 14, 2019, Award: $153,689, SDSU portion of a $425,000 collaboration with Colorado State University.
- IEEE HKN Faculty Advisor
- IEEE PES Power Engineering Education Committee (PEEC) Awards Subcommittee Secretary
- CPSS SoDaRP Conference Planning Committee 2016
- Students graduated
- Shiva Poudel, MS, Thesis title: “Cascading Failure and Contingency Analysis for Smart Grid Security”. Current employment: Ph.D. student in Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
- Lekhnath Kafle, MS, Thesis title: “Frequency Control of Isolated Micro-grid”. Current employment: TBD
- Current students
- One Ph.D. student
- Research on cyber-physical power system security
- False data injection
- Five MS students
- Applications of adaptive dynamic programming control for power system and power electronics control
- New adaptive dynamic programming learning algorithm development
- Load frequency control for microgrid with renewable energy integration
- Optimal operation management for microgrid energy system
- Incremental learning for wind profile prediction and forecasting
- One senior design team
- Conduit Cutter control system design
- One Ph.D. student
- “Development of Intelligent Control System on Autonomous Robot Navigation for NASA Space Applications", NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Grant, award amount: $30,000 (1:1 match), January 15, 2016 to September 30, 2017. Role: PI.
- NASA Research Center Travel Fund, $2,800 travel support with 1:1 match. Role: PI.
Award and Honor
- URI Excellence in Doctoral Research Award. This award recognizes excellence in dissertation research and an impressive career in URI.
Served as EE Faculty Representative Committee
Served on the EE Search Committee
Served on the CPSS 2016 Conference Planning Committee
Power-Faculty Course Update
- EE 420/L Electronics III and Lab
- EE 315 Linear Control Systems
- EE731/L (3+1 cr) Advanced Power Electronic and Lab (Tonkoski)
- EE790 (1 cr) Seminar - Power and Energy (Tonkoski)
- EE436/536/L (3+1 cr) Photovoltaic Systems Engineering and Lab (Tonkoski)
- EE732/L (3+1 cr) Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Systems and Lab (Tonkoski)
- EE733/L (3+1 cr) Advanced Power Systems Analysis and Lab
- GE109L (1 cr) First Year Seminar Lab
- EE245 (3+1 cr) Digital Systems
- EE434 (3+1 cr) Power System Analysis/Lab, 28 students
- EE751 (3cr) Linear System theory
Scholarship Activity – Power Company Sponsored Scholarships
The department awarded approximately $53,200 in scholarships. Approximately 45% of these funds are a direct result of the power community.
Recipients for 2016-2017 Academic Year
The Center for Power Systems Studies Scholarship
CPSS General Scholarships
Bradley D. Schultz Power Engineering Scholarship
Mohamed Magdy Ayoub
East River Electric Power Coop Scholarship in Honor of Virgil Hanlon
Gerald G. Frick Scholarship Endowment in Electrical Engineering
Heartland Consumers Power District Scholarship
Interstates Electric & Engineering Scholarship
Jeffrey L. & Trudiann Nelson Scholarship
John G. Kappenman Scholarship
Otter Tail Power Scholarship
Wayne E. Knabach Memorial Scholarship in Electrical Engineering
IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Fellows – Region 4
Results have not yet been reported at the time this report was completed.
Review of CPSS Impact
- CPSS and IEEE-PES Scholarships – immediate attraction and attention getter
- Internship and/or Cooperative opportunities -- have a positive impact – absolutely important to the sustainability of the SDSU Power Program
- Field Trips and the Power Technology Tour – great exposure to a variety of power-related industries
- CPSS-Sponsored Design Projects – hands on challenging designs
- Power Systems Analysis and Lab (EE434/434L) -- First course dedicated just to power
- Photovoltaics Applications and Lab (EE436/436L)
- Fall Awards Banquet – A glimpse into the future for our students and shows importance of remaining connected to academia
- Biennial Regional South Dakota Power Conference – An excellent professional setting that introduces power students to the big picture
Steven M. Hietpas, Ph.D., P.E.
Coordinator, Center for Power Systems Studies