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Dr. Chien-fei Chen Gives CURENT Power and Energy Seminar on Jan. 28

Dr. Chien-fei Chen will give the weekly CURENT Power and Energy Seminar (EECS 496 and 691) on Friday, January 28 from 1:00pm - 1:50pm via ZOOM. Please join us for this interesting presentation!

Time: Friday, January 28 from 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM EST

Location: Via ZOOM ,  download calendar file

Presenter: Dr. Chien-fei Chen, University of Tennessee

Title: Energy Insecurity during Extreme Events: Concepts, Methods, and Challenges from the Perspectives of Micro and Macro Levels

Abstract: This talk will present the multidimensional factors of social vulnerability, household characteristics and heath influencing energy burdens and utility hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Combining seven national representative data sets in one study, Dr. Chen will first present her recent findings on the disparities and impacts of socio-demographics, health, public assistance programs, health interventions, etc. on energy burdens and COVID-19 mortality of the medium and low-income households in the U.S. Second, she will present the results of the micro-levels of energy inequality issues in the UK and U.S. by exploring households’ energy burdens, utility hardships and social-psychological stress across different income groups. Finally, Dr. Chen will address the challenges of using the big or small survey data integration and interdisciplinary research to promote energy justice.

Bio: Dr. Chien-fei Chen (Ph.D. in Sociology, Washington State University) is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of Education and Diversity at U.S. National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center, Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), United States. She is also the Co-director of the Center for the Study of Social Justice at the UTK. Dr. Chen’s research centers on environmental sociology, pro-environmental behaviors, renewable energy adoption, and energy justice. Dr. Chen publications appear in many interdisciplinary journals, including Building and Environment, Environmental Sociology, Energy, Energy and Buildings, Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science (ERSS), Environmental Sociology, Energy and Buildings, Journal of Environmental Psychology, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Electric Power Systems Research, and so on. Since 2018, Dr. Chen has served as an editorial board member of ERSS and has been actively involved with several international and interdisciplinary networks. She has received several research awards from U.S. National Science Foundations and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2019, Dr. Chen received the Fulbright U.S./UK Global Scholar Award to conduct energy justice research in Wuhan, China, and Cardiff, UK.

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Upcoming CURENT Power and Energy Seminars

February 4 - Dr. Hector Pulgar, University of Tennessee - TBA

February 11 - Sorin Panainte, Mercedes-Benz R&D - General introduction to bi-directional Electrical Vehicles charging and Vehicle2Grid benefits

February 18 - Caisheng Wang, Wayne State University - Power Management and Load Transient Mitigation of Fuel Cell Systems

February 25 - Abhishek Dubney, Vanderbilt University - Transit Vehicle Energy Optimization