Le Xie - Group

Research Scientist

Dr. Sarma (NDR) Nuthalapati is working as Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. He iscurrently involved in some of their research projects related to synchrophasors and demand response. He has have been with Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc (ERCOT), USA, in the Advanced Network Applications Group of the Operations Support Department from August 2007 to 3rd March 2016.

He received BTech (Electrical Engineering) and MTech (Power Systems Engineering) degrees from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, (formerly called as Regional Engineering College, Warangal), India, in 1983 and 1986 respectively. He obtained his PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, in 1995. He carried out his PhD work in the area of 'Network Reconfiguration in Distribution Systems' under the supervision of late Dr. K.S. Prakasa Rao. The research work involved developing new algorithms for various aspects of network reconfiguration such as reconfiguration for Service Restoration, Load Balancing and Loss Minimization in Distribution Systems. These methods are very useful in the context of Smart Grids and Distribution Automation.

He worked in the R&D Division of CMC Limited for about 8 years and was involved in several Technology Development Projects in the area of Energy Management Systems (EMS) and Distribution Automation for power utilities. He spent about 5 years at Texas A&M University, College Station, USA as a Post Doctoral Research Associate/Research Scientist and worked for several projects in the area of shipboard power systems, which were funded by the Office of Naval Research, USA. He worked as Associate Professor and Head of Power Systems Research Center at International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, India from May 2003 to Feb, 2006, focusing on IT Applications to Power. [Personal Website]

Postdoctoral Researcher

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]

 

Ph.D. Students

Xinbo Geng received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is pursuing his Master of Science degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests include electricity market, demand response and data analytics for power systems. [Personal Website]

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.

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..

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.

 

M.S. Students

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.

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 power systems and electricity market.

Tong Huang received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering in 2013 from North China Electric Power University, Baoding, China. He is pursuing his Master of Science degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research interests include power system modeling, dynamics, stability and control.

Visiting Students

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.

Alumni

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) First job: LG Electronics.

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.

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

Past Visiting Students

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 2014C2015 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.

Hai Wang 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.