Modeling and Analysis of Electric Power Systems Problems: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Industry

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Dongbo Zhao (Eaton Corporation)

Electric power grid has always been crucial to the healthy flow of lives and economy of a nation. Multiple concerns in operating power systems have been raised up and discussed throughout the entire energy industry, including policy-makers and end-point consumers. Power systems span from distant generation site all the way towards the consumption point, which are typically classified as generation, transmission, and distribution grids. Recent calls for smart grid and grid modernization have also elevated strong interest on microgrid and demand management.

Researchers play significant role in the advancement of power system technologies given their capability to model and simulate existing industry problems. In this seminar, Dongbo is going to cover the top concerns and problems in electric power industry, and to point out the link between academic research and engineering needs.

Brief Bio: Dongbo Zhao is a Lead Engineer in the Control Systems and Technologies group in Corporate Research and Technology division in Eaton Corporation, located in Eden Prairie, MN. He leads and participates in several R&D projects dealing with distribution automation, grid control and simulation. He obtained his Ph.D in power system reliability analysis area from Georgia Institute of Technology.