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CPSS Coordinator's Report - Fall 2018

Center for Power Systems Studies – Fall Meeting
October 02, 2018

To:       Members of Center for Power Systems Studies
            Associate Members of Power Systems Studies
            Guests in attendance

The Center for Power Systems Studies is celebrating its 50th year of operation and is now entering its 51st year – hard to believe! Below is a summary of some of the past year's power-related activities and events since the spring meeting.

Summer – Fall 2018: Faculty and Student Summer Projects/Research Update


  • Worked with CPSS Awards Committee on selection of the 2018 WEK Excellence in Power Awardee
  • Worked with conference committee planning for 2018 CPSS SoDaRP Conference
  • Developing Leadership Training Workshop materials for and member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) Annual Conference and Convention planning committee.
  • Supported transition of Department Head to George Hamer, including, among other items:
    • Writing portions of, and submitting ABET Self-Study for Computer Science
    • Submitting first draft of EECS Department first draft of 5-Year Strategic Plan
  • Supporting development of research partnership between Raven (Sioux Falls) and EE faculty.
  • One senior design team: Raven Industry Motor Control
  • EE Scholarship Committee
  • EE UG Curriculum Committee


  • Graduated Students
    • Manisha Maharjan, "Adaptive Droop-Based Active Power Curtailment Method for Overvoltage Prevention in Low Voltage Distribution Network."
    • Prajina Tandukar, M.S., “Energy Management System Considering Battery Lifetime," (Co-advisors: Timothy Hansen, Robert Fourney)
  • Currently Students
    • Two PhD students
      • Coordination of Virtual Inertia in Microgrids
      • Developing Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems for Low Voltage Distribution Systems
    • Two M.S. EE graduate students
      • Fuel Consumption Reduction in PV-Diesel Hybrid Microgrids Operation of Data Center Microgrids as Virtual Power Plants
      • Voltage Control in LV Systems with High Penetration of PV.
  • Proposals awarded
    • Tonkoski, R. (Principal), Michael, S. K. (Co-Principal), Doom, J. J. (Co-Principal), Ni, Z. (Co-Principal), Hansen, T. M. (Co-Principal), "MRI: Acquisition of a Microgrid Cyber-Physical Testbed for Advanced Energy Management Systems," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, $360,516.00. (September 15, 2017 - August 31, 2020).
  • Service
    • IEEE Siouxland Section Chair
    • IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Committee
    • EE Scholarship Program Committee Chair
    • IEEE Student Branch Advisor
    • EE UG Curriculum Committee
    • CPSS 2016 Conference Planning Committee


  • Graduated students
    • Prajina Tandukar, M.S., “Energy Management System Considering Battery Lifetime”
      (Co-advisors: Reinaldo Tonkoski, Robert Fourney)
  • Current students
    • Supervising two 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
      • Applied High-performance-computing for sustainable power systems
    • Supervising three M.S. 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). Three students (co-supervised with Dr. Robert Fourney) – one hardware, one algorithms
    • Supervised 3 EE undergraduate student researchers
      • Two students working on parallel optimal power flow
      • One student working on communication protocols for home energy management
  • Proposals awarded:
    • Co-Principal Investigator: “Next Generation Energy Management System for Future Smart Homes,” from South Dakota Board of Regents Competitive Research Grant Program, Principal Investigator – Zhen Ni, Aug. 21, 2017 to Aug. 20, 2018, Award: $80,000.
  • Service
    • IEEE HKN Faculty Advisor
    • IEEE PES Power Engineering Education Committee (PEEC) Awards Subcommittee Secretary, Co-Chair
    • IEEE Siouxland Section Young Professionals Chair
    • Program Committee, “Smart Electric Power Systems for Smart Cities,” 15th IEEE International Conference on Smart City (SmartCity 2017), Bangkok, Thailand, Dec. 2017.
    • CPSS SoDaRP Conference Planning Committee 2017-2018


  • Graduate students
    • Students graduated
      • Avijit Das, M.S., Thesis title: “Efficient Energy Optimization for Smart Grid and Smart Community”.
      • Naresh Malla, M.S., Thesis title: “Intelligent Learning Control System Design Based on Adaptive Dynamic Programming”.
  • Current students
    • Two Ph.D. students
      • Research on cyber-physical power system security
      • Research on smart home and smart community energy optimization
    • Four M.S. 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
    • 1 senior design team
      • Raven Smart Valve Project
  • Proposal awarded
    • PI: “Next Generation Energy Management System for Future Smart Homes,” from South Dakota Board of Regents Competitive Research Grant Program, August 2017 -  August, 2018, Award: $80,000.
    • PI: “A pilot study of financial incentives towards power and energy security in a residential community,” from South Dakota State University Research/Scholarship Support, March, 2017 – March 2018, Award: $2,000
  • Award and Honor
    • Best Paper Award: “Experimental Verification of Virtual Inertia in Diesel Generator based Microgrids,” in IEEE Industrial Electronics Society's 18th International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT), Toronto, Canada. 
  • Guest Editor, IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications. Special Issue on: Cyber Physical Power Systems: Advanced Intelligent Technologies and Applications
  • Lead organizer: special session "Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning for Smart Power Grid and Sustainable Energy Systems", at IEEE SSCI-ADPRL Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, November, 2017
  • Co-organizer: special session "Novel Distributed Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning Designs for Networked Multi-Agent Systems", at IEEE SSCI-ADPRL Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, November, 2017
  • Technical Program Committee Member: IEEE SSCI – Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning 2017
  • Committee Member: IEEE CIS Graduate Student Research Grants Committee
  • Served as EE Faculty Representative Committee
  • Served on the EE Robotics Club Faculty Advisor
  • Served on the CPSS 2017 Conference Planning Committee

Power-Faculty Course Update


  • Fall 2018
    • EE101L (4 labs, 1 cr) Introduction to EE, 48 students
    • EE316 (3 cr) Signals and Systems I, 24 students
    • EE 420/L (1 lab, 4 cr) Electronics III and Lab, 7 students
  • Spring 2019
    • EE 222/L (3 labs, 4 cr) Energy Conversion
    • EE 302L (6-7 labs, 1 cr) Basic EE II Labs
    • EE 315 (3 cr) Linear Controls


  • Fall 2018
    • EE731/L (1 lab, 4 cr) Advanced Power Electronic and Lab (Tonkoski)
  • Spring 2019
    • EE436/536/L (4 labs, 4 cr) Photovoltaic Systems Engineering and Lab (Tonkoski)
    • EE732/L (1 lab, 4 cr) Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Systems and Lab (Tonkoski)


  • Fall 2018
    • EE109L (3 labs, 1 cr/lab) First Year EE Seminar Lab
  • Spring 2019:
    • EE245 (3+1 cr) Digital Systems
    • Either: EE733/L (3+1 cr) Advanced Power Systems Analysis and Lab (or equivalent), or (2+1cr) EE592/L Fundamentals of High-Performance Computing


  • Fall 2018
    • EE434 (3+1 cr) Power System Analysis/Lab, 31  students
  • Spring 2019
    • EE792 (3 cr) Computational Intelligence

Student Activities

 Scholarship Activity – Power Company Sponsored Scholarships
The department awarded approximately $59,450 in scholarships. Approximately 45% of these funds are a direct result of the power community.

Recipients for 2018-2019 Academic Year

The Center for Power Systems Studies Scholarship

        Zachary Andera

CPSS General Scholarships

        Zachary Kirsch

        Vanessa  Konynenbelt

        David Sykora

        Brenton Thompson

Bradley D. Schultz Power Engineering Scholarship

        Mohamed Ayoub

        Jacob Deines

        Jonathan DeNoon

        Elijah Maska

        Aaron Stoll

        Chuck Tang

        Samantha Bridges

        Isaac Kaski

DGR Scholarships

        Elijah Maska

        Jacob Gubbrud

        Tyler Panek

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

        Spencer Riddle

Heartland Consumers Power District Scholarship

        Devin Cressy                                                                             

Interstates Electric & Engineering Scholarship

        Sterling Berg

Jeffrey L. & Trudiann Nelson Scholarship

        Joel Kocer

John G. Kappenman Scholarship

        Andrew Hildebrant

Otter Tail Power Scholarship

        Tyler Jorgenson

        Parker Smith

        Dugan Bradley

TSP Scholarship

        Luke Stewart

Wayne E. Knabach Memorial Scholarship in Electrical Engineering

        Grant Metzger

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 in power

Advanced Power Systems (EE 492) – Second course in 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 SoDaRP 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