Current Students

Postdoctoral Researchers

Sivaranjani Seetharaman is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University. She obtained her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and her undergraduate and Master’s degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from the PES Institute of Technology, India and the Indian Institute of Science, respectively. Sivaranjani has also been a research intern at GE Global Research, Bangalore (2011-13) and a visiting graduate student at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley (2018). She is a recipient of the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future fellowship (2015-2018), the Zonta International Amelia Earhart fellowship (2015-2016) and the Notre Dame (NSF) Ethical Leaders in STEM fellowship (2016-2017), and was selected among the MIT Rising Stars in EECS in 2018. Her research interests are in the area of data-driven and distributed control for large-scale systems, with applications in power systems and transportation networks.

 

PhD Students

Tong Huang received the B.E. degree in Electric Power Engineering and its Automation from North China Electric Power University, Baoding, China, in 2013 and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 2017, where he is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree. His research interests include power system stability, security, and wide-area monitoring and control systems.

Rayan El Helou received his B.S. and M.S. degrees both in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH in 2015 and 2016 respectively. He completed a thesis as part of the M.S. degree, and is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. His research interests include modeling, estimation and security of power systems and energy grids.

Xiangtian Zheng received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests include data analysis and optimization in power system.

 

Dongqi Wu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. Before joining TAMU in 2017, he received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He worked at Centerpoint Energy as an engineer intern in 2019. His current research interest includes distribution system operation, protection and control.

M.S. Students

Undergraduates

Visiting Students

Guangchun Ruan is a PhD candidate from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is also a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University, TX, USA. His research interests include power system operation, demand response and machine learning techniques.

Chao Yan is a visiting Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Xi’an Jiaotong University, and his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering is from the same University, China. His research interests are in the area of data-driven theory and machine learning, with applications in smart grid operation, planning, and reliability evaluation.

Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Hung-Ming Chou received received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2004 in National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, his M.S. and ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M in 2009 and 2016, respectively. His research interests include power electronics, power system dynamics and control, renewable energy integration in distribution systems, big data application in power system. [Personal Website]

Bin Wang received the B. S. and M.S. degrees from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a postdoc researcher in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests include power system dynamics, stability and control. [Personal Website]

PhD Students

Mohammad Sadegh Modarresi is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, and Sharif University of Technology, in 2008 and 2011 respectively. His current research focuses on operating reserve scheduling in power systems with many intermittent resources such as wind and solar.

Xinbo Geng received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2013. He received the Master of Science degree from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 2015. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Texas A&M University. He was a Power System Design and Studies intern at National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in 2016 and a Power System Operation Data Analyst at ISO New England in 2017. His research interests include electricity markets, stochastic optimization and data analytics in power systems. [Personal Website]

Hao Ming received his M.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering in Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, and B.E in Electrical Engineering in Tsinghua University in 2012. He is now pursuing his Ph.D (advisor: Dr. Le Xie) in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He has experience of internship in ERCOT, and is now working on EnergyCoupon Project.

Meng Wu received her B.E. degree in electrical engineering in 2010 from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, and M.Eng degree in electrical engineering in 2011 from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. After receiving her master degree, she worked as a R&D engineer at China Electric Power Research Institute, Beijing, China from 2011 to 2012, and Beijing Sifang Automation Co. Ltd., Beijing, China from 2012 to 2013, respectively. Currently she is pursuing her PhD degree in Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Her research interests include power system modeling, dynamics, stability and control. [Homepage at ASU]

Yang Chen received her B.E. in Control Science and Engineering in 2010 from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. She is pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include data analysis of phasor measurement units, power system modeling, analysis and control, voltage stability monitoring and analysis.

Omar A. Urquidez (S’12) received the B.A. degree in engineering sciences from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He is pursing the Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. He had four years of energy industry experience before he started his graduate study in 2010. His passion for the electric energy industry has led to the founding of Texas A&M Energy Club, a first-of-its-kind student-run organization focusing on multi-disciplinary energy solutions. His presentation and paper entitled “Targeted Conversion of AC lines to DC lines for Improved Power System Dispatch” won the best paper award at the North American Power Symposium in September 2012.

His research focus is on Integration of flexible transmission devices such as HVDC, and FACTS in existing AC systems for improved electrical energy dispatch and associated system stability benefits and market implementation strategies.

Yun Zhang received the B.E. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2005 and 2007 respectively. From 2007 to 2010 he worked as a senior power design engineer at ZTE Corporation, Shenzhen, China. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station. His research interests include power management strategies for distributed/alternative energy resources, dynamics analysis and control of large-scale systems, etc.

Anupam A. Thatte (S’02) received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering in 2004 from Pune University, India, and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
His industry experience includes working for Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), Pittsburgh, PA, and an internship with ABB at their Corporate Research Center in Raleigh, NC. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he worked for the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bangalore, India.
His research interests include modeling and control of power systems, renewable energy and smart grids.

Yingzhong(Gary) Gu (S’10) is from Shanghai, China. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2009 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Gary has interned as power system engineer at Alstom Grid in Redmond, Washington. His research interests include the stochastic look-ahead power system scheduling, the assessment of wind generation curtailment, and spatial-temporal wind forecasts.

Dae-Hyun Choi (Ph.D, 2014) Current Position: Assistant Professor at Chung-Ang University Personal Website.

Master Students

Athindra Venkatraman received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2017 from SASTRA University, Thanjavur, India. During his Master’s program at Texas A&M ECE, he was the Entrepreneurial Lead of ‘GridGuru – Residential Energy Management App’, which participated in the National Level NSF I-Corps in 2018. His research interests include Utility Rate Design, Retail Electricity Markets, DERs and residential energy analytics. He currently works at ComEd as a Distribution Capacity Planning Engineer.

Yuqi Zhou received his B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2015 from Xian Jiaotong University, Xian, China. He is pursuing his Master of Science degree in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests include cyber-physical systems and renewable energy integration. [Personal Website]

YuanYuan (Crystal) Li received her B.E in Electrical Engineering in 2014 from North China Electrical Power University Beijing and University of Missouri Columbia. She is pursuing her M.S degree in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research interests include electricity market and demand response.

Sean Chang is from Arlington, TX. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M in 2013 and is now pursuing his M.E. degree at Texas A&M University. He has been heavily involved in student organizations IEEE and Student Engineers’ Council during his undergraduate education and is also a member of the Texas A&M Triathlon Nationals Team.

He has over two years of industry experience working for First Rate Investments, Raytheon Company, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). His research interests include system reliability, power economics, and price prediction schemes.

Fan Zhang (M.S.,2011) First job: The structure group.

James Carroll (M.S.,2012) First job: Oncor.

Meichen Chen (M.S.,2013) First job: PWR Solutions.

Chen Yang (M.S.,2013) First job: New York ISO.

Undergraduates

Jameson Haesler (B.S.,2013) First job: ERCOT.

Past Visiting Students

Yida Ye received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering in 2014 from North China Electrical Power University, Beijing, China. He is pursuing his Ph.D degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is now a visiting Ph.D. student under supervision of Dr. Xie in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University. His research interests include power system modeling, dynamics, stability and control.

Xin Shi received her B.E in Electrical Engineering and Automation in 2014 from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China. She is pursuing her Ph.D degree in China Electric Power Research Institute. Her research interests include demand response and electricity market.

Dian Chen received the B.S. degree in computer science and engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2012, where he is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree. He is now a visiting Ph.D. student under supervision of Dr. Xie in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University. His main research interest includes Security Constrained Economic Dispatch (SCED) and transmission planning.

Shuang Feng received her B.E. in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China. She is pursuing her Ph.D degree in the School of Electrical Engineering at Southeast University, China. She is a visiting student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University from 2015 to 2016. Her research interests include the data analysis of phasor measurement unit and power system stability and control.

Yang Bai received the B.S. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering Department at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2011, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree. He was also a visiting Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University during the 2014–2015 academic year. His research interest includes power system operations, electricity markets and demand response.

Xiaowen Lai received his B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2010, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree. He is now a visiting Ph.D. student under supervision of Dr. Xie in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, in 2013-2014 academic year. His main research interest includes electricity market and economic dispatch.

Haiwang Zhong received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2008, where he is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree. He is now a visiting Ph.D. student under supervision of Dr. Xie in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University. His main research interest is optimization of power system operation, including Security Constrained Unit Commitment (SCUC) and Security Constrained Economic Dispatch (SCED). He has industrial experience in implementation of SCUC/SCED in several provincial power grid corporations in China. He is now working on a new type of demand response mechanism in Smart Grid.