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CURENT news letter No. 3

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CURENT SLC Newsletter

For February 2016

News on the Center, Faculties, Students, Opportunities, and Events

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Dr. Yilu Liu, the joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Electric Power Grids, has been named a newly elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. Being elected to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Liu was elected “for her innovations in electric power grid monitoring, situational awareness, and dynamic modeling,” according to the NAE. She is one of thirty-four American university professors from the group of eighty engineers chosen from across the United States.  Read more.


Dr. Kai Sun Receives NSF Award

Dr. Kai Sun, has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his proposal, "Integrated Research and Education in Nonlinear Modal Decoupling and Control for Resilient Interconnected Power Systems." The award will provide $500,000 over a five-year period for Dr. Sun to establish a new methodology for power system stability analysis and control based on understanding, decoupling and control of nonlinear modal dynamics.  Find the details.

Dr. Chen and Dr. Tomsovic Visit Waseda University to Present Research

The research center ACROSS (Advanced Collaborative Research Organization for Smart Society) at Waseda University, under the support of JST (Japan Science Technology), invited Dr. Chen and Dr. Tomsovic to present research at a workshop on Distributed Energy Management Systems in Tokyo from Dec. 5th-10th. From Feb. 15th to 19th, a group of faculties and graduate students from Waseday University will visit CURENT as a follow-up research collaboration activity.  Read more.

CURENT to Host Women in Leadership Panel

CURENT is hosting a college-level seminar/panel titled "Women in Leadership" on April 1, 2016. Jacinda Woodward, senior vice president at TVA; Kim Greene, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Southern Company; Anda Ray, senior vice president at Electric Power Research Institute; and Jennifer Cistola, senior vice president at CableLabs, will visit CURENT to meet with students from all engineering disciplines.

Engineering Research Taking a Shot at Improving Solar Energy

Dr. Yilu Liu and Dr. Yong Liu are leading a team of researchers at ORNL in Solar Energy Research. UTK's College of Engineering and its collaborators was recently awarded a $2.3 million, thirty-six-month project by the SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership. Once complete, it will help prepare the United States for solar power generation of up to 14 percent of the nation’s total electricity demand by 2030 and 27 percent by 2050. Read more.

Dan Toland Writes About Recognizing Female Students as PES Scholars

Dan Toland, Scholarship Plus Program Director at IEEE, wrote a Pulse article on LinkedIn about "Recognizing Female Students as PES Scholars." His article featured a photo of Dr. Ali Abur and a few students. Read more.

CURENT Seminars

Professor from Waseda University to Give Presentation

Prof. Hideo Ishii from Waseday University, Japan will give a presentation in the seminar on Feb. 19th during his visit in CURENT titled "Current trend in electric energy system in Japan - energy resource aggregation and activities in Waseda University".

Past Seminars

Dr. Antonio Conejo from Ohio State University gave the presentation 'Toward Fully Renewable Electric Energy Systems' in January's industry seminar. A record can be found  here. Materia of past seminars will be updated in Confluence page.

Jobs & Internships


Schneider Electric: Multiple Positions

Schneider Electric opens multiple positions and internships for power system students. Details can be found in Job Openings & Internships Page on Confluence.


EPC: Senior Applications Engineer and Applications Engineer

EPC is the leader in enhancement mode gallium nitride based power management devices. EPC is looking for highly motivated people with the ability to identify and develop technological advantages of GaN based semiconductors in various existing and new applications to join our team and help develop the technology of the future. Find details.

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TI: System Engineer - Power

Texas Instruments (TI) is seeking for a system engineer position who will develop new product definition for Power Roadmap including linear voltage regulators, peripheral load drivers and voltage reference. The engineer will also need to visit customer to understand the trend and solve customer problems with new innovative definitions. Find details.

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NEC: Research Assistant Internship

The Energy Management Department NEC Labs (Energy Management Dept.) invites applications for a summer internship in resilient power systems. The internship project includes design and implementation of Resilient Microgrid Energy Management systems (EMS). The microgrid consists of renewable and distributed generation resources, energy storage units, and electric loads with or without connection to power grid. The EMS is responsible for control, dispatch and coordination of devices in the microgrid. For details and formally application, please search here.

More job openings and internships information


SLC Held Event for Super Bowl and Chinese

SLC held an event for Super Bowl and Chinese new year on Feb. 7th at the visualization room. Faculties and students brought the food they made, and sit together to watch the 50th Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the frequency of U.S. power grid provided by FNET is monitored simultaneously, shown paralleled to the TV on the screen.

CURENT to Hold Workshop on WBG Device Characterization

CURENT is going to hold a workshop on wide bandgap power devices on March 7th. People from industry will join this short course. The presenters include CURENT faculty Dr. Fred Wang, Dr. Zheyu Zhang, and CURENT student Edward A. Jones.

Upcoming Outreach Events

Due to the inclement weather, the schedule of the school changes, and the engineering night in Whittle Spring Middle School will be postponed to March 8th. If you would like to this event, please notice the time change, and fill the survey form.

Internships Data Reporting

If you are in or are going to have an internship this semester of the coming summer semester, please report to Erin Wills.

Summer Program Mentors Needed

Summer mentors are needed to several programs, including:

  • REU Mentors (undergrads) – 8 weeks
  • YSP Mentors (high school) – 4 weeks
  • Girls Camp Councilors (middle school) – 1 week
  • 4-H Electricity Camp Activity – 2 days

If you are interested in contributing effort to the program and gaining mentor experience, please discuss with Erin Wills in February.


The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a team of students who serve as a liaison between the center and the National Science Foundation (NSF). SLC is recruiting members. Please join us, serve for the CURENT students, and improve your abilities.  Fill the form to join.

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CURENT is a National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Engineering Research Center headquartered at UTK. Partner institutions are Northeastern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Tuskegee University.