Energy Center

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Electricity Systems

The U.S. electric grid is a complex network of electric utilities, independent power plants and bulk transmission lines that powers our factories, homes and schools. The United States' current electric grid was designed more than a century ago, and its inefficiencies are expensive. Rising energy prices, increased power demands and integrating renewables weigh heavily on the aging infrastructure, and have forced experts to critically examine the status and health of the nation's electrical systems. To answer these challenges, utilities will be turning to more efficient transmission/distribution and digital infrastructure and communication processes, broadly referred to as the smart grid. Purdue has identified the following areas in advancing the research and implementation of smart grid: (1) cyber and physical security of smart grids as cyber physical systems, (2) data analytics and data management, (3) consumer science of smart grid adoption, and (4) smart grid workforce training and education

Researchers

Kartik Ariyur
Kartik Ariyur
(ME)

Adaptive control, adaptive estimation
Elisa Bertino
Elisa Bertino
(CS)

Cyber security and database systems
Erica Carlson
Erica Carlson
(PHY)

High temperature superconductor
Eric Dietz
Eric Dietz
(CIT)

Smart-grid education courses
Richard Feinberg
Richard Feinberg
(CSR)

Consumer preference and behavior
Assefaw Gebremedhin
Assefaw Gebremedhin
(CS)

Combinatorial scientific/high performance computing, optimization
Robert Kramer
Robert Kramer
(PHY)
(CHEM)
(CAL)

Reliability, fast demand constast, efficiency, economics
Athula Kulatunga
Athula Kulatunga
(ECET)

Energy management; Power electronics, advanced metering lab, simulating smart-grid
Liu
Andrew Liu
(IE)

Power systems, smart grid, optimization, game theory
McKinnis
David McKinnis
(TAP)

Energy efficiency and sustainability
Norris
Meghan Norris
(CSR)

Attitudes, persuasion, social influence and psychological measurements
Pekarek
Steve Pekarek
(ECE)

Analysis, design, and control of electric machines, power electronics.
Joseph Pekny
Joseph Pekny
(ChemE)

Agent based modeling
Pothen
Alex Pothen
(CS)

Controlling electric power grids
Paul Preckel
Paul Preckel
(AGECON)

Policy and economics
Saeedifard
Maryam Saeedifard
(ECE-Georgia Tech)

Adaptive control, adaptive estimation
Ahmed Sameh
Ahmed Sameh
(CS)

Controlling and optimizing power flow
Kartik Ariyur
Lefteri Tsoukalas
(NE)

Smart grid and control systems
Wasynczuk
Oleg Wasynczuk
(ECE)

Power system dynamics control/ modeling, electro-mechanical/ solid state energy conversion
Yau
David Yau
(CS-Adjunct)

Smart grids; home energy management system; cyber-physical systems, security
Chris Foreman
Chris Foreman
(EET)

Power generation, renewable energy integration, cyber-security & data management, AMI

Technical Contact

Andrew Liu
School of Industrial Engineering
e-mail: liu334@purdue.edu


About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Contact

Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

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203 South Martin Jischke Dr.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971