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CPSS Coordinator's Report - Fall 2016

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


Current Students

  • 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


Graduated students

  • 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”

Current students

  • 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

Proposals awarded

  • 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


Graduate students

  • 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

Proposal awarded

  • “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


Fall 2016:

  • EE 420/L Electronics III and Lab

Spring 2017:

  • EE 315 Linear Control Systems


Fall 2016

  • EE731/L (3+1 cr) Advanced Power Electronic and Lab (Tonkoski)
  • EE790 (1 cr) Seminar - Power and Energy (Tonkoski)

Spring 2017

  • 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)


Fall 2016

  • EE733/L (3+1 cr) Advanced Power Systems Analysis and Lab
  • GE109L (1 cr) First Year Seminar Lab

Spring 2017

  • EE245 (3+1 cr) Digital Systems


Fall 2016

  • EE434 (3+1 cr) Power System Analysis/Lab, 28  students

Spring 2017

  • EE751 (3cr) Linear System theory

Student Activities

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

Andrew Hora

CPSS General Scholarships

Evan Laursen
Jordan Peters
Grant Rasmussen
Hendy Syahril

Bradley D. Schultz Power Engineering Scholarship

Mohamed Magdy Ayoub
Cole Donahue
Jacob Gubbrud
Elijah Maska
Jordan Peters
Hendy Syahril
DGR Scholarships
Jonathan DeNoon
Aaron Stoll

East River Electric Power Coop Scholarship in Honor of Virgil Hanlon

Jonathan DeNoon
Matthew DeNoon

Gerald G. Frick Scholarship Endowment in Electrical Engineering

Jonathan DeNoon
Jacob Gubbrud

Heartland Consumers Power District Scholarship

Heather Ahlgrim    

Interstates Electric & Engineering Scholarship

Sterling Berg

Jeffrey L. & Trudiann Nelson Scholarship

Devin Cressy

John G. Kappenman Scholarship

Bradley Penney

Otter Tail Power Scholarship

Bradley Dugan
Donahue Cole
TSP Scholarship
Drake Jeno

Wayne E. Knabach Memorial Scholarship in Electrical Engineering

Zachary Andera

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


Respectfully submitted,

Steven M. Hietpas, Ph.D., P.E.
Coordinator, Center for Power Systems Studies