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Zhaoyu Wang

Northrop Grumman Associate Professor


Phone: +1 515.294.6305
Iowa State University
ECpE Department
1113 Coover Hall
Ames, IA 50011


Zhaoyu Wang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the Northrop Grumman Endowed Associate Professor with Iowa State University. His research interests include optimization and data analytics in power distribution systems and microgrids. He was the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the Northrop Grumman Endowment, College of Engineering's Early Achievement in Research Award, and the Harpole-Pentair Young Faculty Award Endowment. He is the Principal Investigator for a multitude of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, National Laboratories, PSERC, and Iowa Economic Development Authority. He is the Technical Committee Program Chair (TCPC) of IEEE Power System Operation, Planning and Economics (PSOPE) Committee, the Vice Chair of IEEE Distribution System Operation and Planning Subcommittee, the Secretary of IEEE Task Force on IEEE P3102 Standard for Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) Data Collection and Management Procedures, and the Vice Chair of IEEE Task Force on Advances in Natural Disaster Mitigation Methods. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, IEEE OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL OF POWER AND ENERGY, IEEE POWER ENGINEERING LETTERS, and IET Smart Grid. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SMART GRID, and the Chair of PSOPE Awards Subcommittee.

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Power Distribution Systems, Networked Microgrids, Power System Data Analytics.

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Prospective Students

I am looking for Post Docs and Ph.D. students with self-motivation and strong interests in power and energy areas which include BUT NOT limited to:

  • Mathematical programming and optimization
  • Power distribution systems and microgrids
  • Power system modeling and identification
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Preference will be given to those who have strong mathematical background, good programming skills, and are familiar with one or more of the following tools: MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++ ,Python, OpenDSS, PSS/E, CPLEX, GAMS, AMPL.

    If you are interested in my research, please apply to the graduate program of ISU and email me at wzy@iastate.edu.

    Iowa State University has maintained one of the nation's leading power and energy university programs for over 60 years. Faculty in this area work together within the Electric Power and Energy Systems (EPES) group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. These faculty participate heavily in the ISU EPRC and the PSERC. Iowa State's nearly 2000-acre campus is located in the city of Ames, Iowa, which is consistently ranked within the top ten most livable small cities in the nation.

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