Laboratory for Advanced Studies in Electric Power and Integration of Renewable Energy Systems

Faculty

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Surya Santoso

Dr. Santoso joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in September 2003. His research lies in the broad area of power systems analysis, electric power quality, wind power integration and interconnections, and time-domain modeling and simulation of electrical systems. He established and directs the Laboratory for Advanced Studies in Electric Power and Integration of Renewable Energy Systems (ASPIRES).

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Current Students

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Alvaro F. Bastos

Alvaro received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil in 2014, and participated in a 1-year exchange program at Hanze Institute of Technology, Assen - The Netherlands in 2012. He joined UT Austin in 2014 as a graduate student and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. His main interests are power quality and renewable energy.

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Harsha V. Padullaparti

Harsha V. Padullaparti received his B.Tech (EE) from JNTU Hyderabad (2007) and M.S. (by research) from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2010) in Electrical Engineering. Before joining the Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin, he was a Senior Engineer at Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., where he worked for five years.

Currently he is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in the areas of power transmission & distribution, renewable energy and smart grid technologies.

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Hunter Estes

Hunter received his B.S. degree in ChE in December '97 from UT Austin. From there, he worked in the semiconductor industry for nearly 10 years before he returned to UT. He received his M.S. degree in EE's power systems track in December '11 studying horizontal dc series faults up at UT's Center for Electromechanics (CEM) with Dr. Robert Hebner & Dr. Alexis Kwasinski.

Hunter is currently working in Dr. Surya Santoso's research group, studying high resolution electrical data provided to him through an NSF IGERT Fellowship alliance with Pecan Street, Inc. His focus is analyzing residential loads and distributed generation through harmonic analysis of their voltage and current waveforms. Study and characterization of their usage behavior characteristics should provide invaluable knowledge into how people use electricity and energy in their households.

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Kyung Woo Min

Kyung Woo received his B.S. in electrical and electronic engineering from Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) in 2012 and M.S. in electrical engineering with a specialization in energy systems from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include power quality data analysis, fault identification and location, and root cause analysis of power system disturbances.

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Min Lwin

Min Lwin received his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 and his M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, both in electrical engineering. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as an Electrical Engineer at Sargent & Lundy. He is currently working on completing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Naveen Ganta

Naveen Ganta received his B.Tech degree in Electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 2015 and is currently pursuing his Master's in Electrical engineering with specialization in Energy Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include power system dynamics and simulation, integration of renewable energy systems.

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Quan H. Nguyen

Quan Nguyen received his B.E degree in Electrical Engineering from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam, in 2012 and M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, U.S, in 2016. He is currently pursuing PhD degree at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are power transmission, renewable energy integration, power quality, and power electronics.

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Suma Jothibasu

Suma Jothibasu received her B.E degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Thiagarajar college of Engineering, Anna University in 2011 and M.S. (by research) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2014.

Currently she is a graduate student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin enrolled in the Ph.D. program. Her research interests include power quality and renewable energy integration.

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Sundaravaradan N. A.

Sundaravaradan N. A. received his B.Tech in electrical and electronics engineering from National Institute of Technology at Tiruchirappalli (India) in 2015. He is currently pursuing his M.S. in electrical engineering with specialization in energy systems at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include power system analysis, power system protection, and renewable energy sources.

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Tuan Ngo

Tuan Ngo received his Bachelor's degree from Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam, in 2008 and Master's degree from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea, in 2011. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree at The University of Texas at Austin. He is receiving fellowships from Vietnam Education Foundation and the UT Graduate School. His research interests are power quality, power transmission, and power electronics.

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Wan Ki Cho

Wan Ki received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea) in 2014. He entered University of Texas at Austin as a graduate student in 2014 and is currently pursuing his M.S. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as a software programmer. His research interests include event detection, power quality analysis, power system simulation, and renewable energy.

Current Research Fellows

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Pisitpol Chirapongsananurak

Pisitpol received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016, all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include power quality, power system dynamics and control, power system modeling and simulation, renewable energy integration, and wind and solar power generation.

PhD Alumni

Name Research Graduation Year
Pisitpol Chirapongsananurak
Distribution Circuit Multi-Time-Scale Simulation Tool for Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic Integration Analysis 2016
Yichuan Niu
Quantifying and Mitigating Wind Power Variability 2015
Anamika Dubey
Control and Topology Design of Distribution Systems to meet Power Quality and Reliability Requirements 2015
Swagata Das
Fault Location and Analysis in Transmission and Distribution Networks 2015
Thekla Boutsika
Intra-hour Wind Power Variability Assessment using the Conditional Range Metric: Quantification, Forecasting, and Applications 2013
Alicia J. Allen
Analysis of Transmission System Events and Behavior using Customer-level Voltage Synchrophasor Data 2013
Saurabh Kulkarni
Fault Location and Characterization in AC and DC Power Systems 2012
Mohit Singh
Dynamic Models for Wind Power Plants 2011
Won Jin Cho
Mitigation of Harmonic and Interharmonic Effects in Nonlinear Power Converters 2010
Ha Thu Le
Increasing Wind Power Penetration and Voltage Stability Limits using Energy Storage Systems 2010
Claudine D'Annunzio
Generation Adequacy Assessment of Power Systems with Significant Wind Generation: A System Planning and Operations Perspective 2009
Kyeon Hur
Methodology for Characterizing Electric Power System Response and Locating the Energized Capacitor Banks using Conventional Power Quality Data 2007

Masters Alumni

Quan H. Nguyen, Alvaro F. Bastos, Jonas Traphoner, David O. Jonsson, Kyung Woo Min, McKay B. Stevens, Min N. Lwin, Anamika Dubey, Neeraj A. Karnik, Pandarinath Murali, Swagata Das, Lianfei Shan, Anirudh Guha, Mithunprakash G. Vyas, Shivaz Chopra, Keith Faria, Duehee Lee, David J. Burnham, Saurabh Kulkarni, Sidharth Rajagopalan, Balaje Krishnan, Jules Desloge Campbell, Nitish Saraf, Alicia Jen Allen, Emmanouil Kalaitzakis, Nitika V. Mago, Mohit Singh, Scott Richard McCormick, Resmi Surendran, Claudine D'Annunzio