Energy Systems Research Center

Students

Current ESRC Ph.D. and Master's Candidates

David A. Dodson Ph.D. Candidate

David is a graduate research assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. David Wetz in the Pulsed Power & Energy Laboratory. David was born in Irving, Texas in 1993, and received a B.Sc. majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a student member of IEEE and the IEEE PES. His interests include electrochemical energy storage, power electronic systems and controls, and power system design. He is also currently working as a Navy/DoD contractor with McKean Defense.

david.doNOT-THISdson@uta.edu

Alex Johnson MS Candidate

Alex was born in Arlington Heights, IL, in 1997. Currently, he is a undergraduate research assistant in the Pulsed Power and Energy Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington. He is pursuing his BS and Masters degree in EE under the direction of Dr. David Wetz. His interests include in modeling and simulation, power electronics converters, power transformers, analog signals, and intelligent/adaptive controls.

alexaNOT-THISnder.johnston@uta.edu
Christopher Martinez

Christopher Martinez MS Candidate

Chris is a graduate research assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is pursuing his Masters under Dr. David Wetz in the Pulsed Power & Energy Laboratory. He received a B.Sc. majoring in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2018. He is a student member of IEEE and his interests include electrochemical energy storage, control systems, and power systems design.

christopher.martiNOT-THISnez2@mavs.uta.edu
Igor B. M. Matsuo

Igor B. M. Matsuo Student Associate, Ph.D. Candidate

Igor Matsuo received his B.S. (2012) and M.S. (2015) from the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington in the area of wind power and sub-synchronous oscillations. He has worked for Techimp; the Foundation for the Technological Development of Engineering (FDTE – Fundação para o Desenvolvimento Tecnológico da Engenharia); and CALPINE. His experiences include monitoring systems; partial discharges; power systems planning and analysis; and automation and protection systems in the generation, transmission and distribution levels.

Brian J. McRee

Brian J. McRee Ph.D. Candidate

Brian was born in San Diego, CA, in 1992. Currently, he is a graduate research assistant in the Pulsed Power and Energy Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in under the direction of Dr. David Wetz. He received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington in May 2016. He specializes in modeling and simulation, power electronics converters, power transformers, analog signals, and intelligent/adaptive controls.

brian.mcNOT-THISree@uta.edu
Charles N. Nybeck

Charles N. Nybeck Ph.D. Candidate

Charles is a graduate research assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. David Wetz in the Pulsed Power & Energy Laboratory. Charles was born in Arlington, Texas in 1991, and received a B.Sc. majoring in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016. He is a student member of IEEE and his interests include electrochemical energy storage, control systems, and power systems design.

charles.nybNOT-THISeck@uta.edu
Anusha Papasani

Anusha Papasani Ph.D. Candidate

Anusha Papasani received her BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from India. She received her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Texas at Tyler, TX. Currently she is a lecturer in Electrical Engineering at UT Tyler. Her research interests include Energy Conversion, Renewable Energy systems, Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Power Electronics-based Systems. Her current research is on Automatic system restoration.

anusha.papasani@mavs.uta.edu
Farshid Salehi

Farshid Salehi STEM Graduate Research Assistant, Ph.D. Candidate

Farshid Salehi is an expert in power system dynamics and transient studies. He has valuable experience in advanced power system modelling and analysis with specific focus on stability study, Electro-Magnetic Transient (EMT) modelling and simulations of switching over-voltage (SOV), temporary over-voltage (TOV), harmonic, and sub-synchronous interaction (SSI). He also has hands on experience in protection and control design in high voltage substation, MV & LV Switchgear design, industrial load flow, short circuit and Arc Flash Study. He is the member of the IEEE and IAS chapter of IEEE.

igor.braNOTTHISndaomachadom@uta.edu
Jacob L. Sanchez

Jacob L. Sanchez Ph.D. Candidate

Jacob is a graduate research assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. David Wetz in the Pulsed Power & Energy Laboratory. Jacob received his B.Sc. majoring in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016. He is a student member of IEEE and his interests include electrochemical energy storage, control systems, and power systems design.

jacob.sanNOT-THISchez@mavs.uta.edu
Long Zhao

Long Zhao Student Associate, Ph.D. Candidate

Long Zhao received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, USA, in 2012 and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, USA, in 2014. His research interests include power system analysis, demand response, renewable energy, energy storage, power system markets and arc flash protection. He is currently the IEEE Industrial Application Society Student Chapter Chair at UTA.

long.zhao@mavs.uta.edu
Yuhao Zhou

Yuhao Zhou Student Associate, Ph.D. Candidate

Yuhao Zhou received the B.S. degree and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. Currently he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Power and Energy Systems in the University of Texas at Arlington as a member of the Energy System Research Center (ESRC) from fall 2016. His research interests include dynamic equivalent modeling of wind farm, power system analysis, renewable energy, energy storage and arc flash protection. Currently he is working on the topic of dynamic equivalent modeling for the wind farm.

yuhao.zhou@uta.edu

Visiting Scholars

Ding Feng

Ding Feng Electrical Power System & Information Lab of Southwest Jiao tong University

Areas of Interest: Prognostics and health management (PHM); Reliability evaluation and risk assessment for Power System and High-Speed Railway Traction Power Supply System.

fengding87@hotmail.com
Ting-Yen (Beck), Hsieh

Ting-Yen (Beck), Hsieh Researcher – Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories (GEL) in Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan R.O.C.

Area of interest: Distribution system Planning and Design, High Penetration of Renewable Energy, Microgrid Energy Management System and Power Quality

T.Y.Hsieh@itri.org.tw
Tengfei Ma

Tengfei Ma The school of electrical engineering of Beijing Jiaotong University.

Areas of Interest: The optimal planning of distributed energy systems; The modeling and operation strategies of multi energy systems; The reliability evaluation of micro grid.

15117386@bjtu.edu.cn
Wei-Hsiang Ko

Wei-Hsiang Ko Research Assistant

Areas of Interest: Electric power quality, power system harmonics, railway traction power systems, power harmonic filter design, and power system protection.

wei-hsiang.ko@uta.edu
Peng Wang

Peng Wang University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Areas of Interest: power system monitoring and control, power system model parameter identification, dynamic equivalent of power system.

201511170303@std.uestc.edu.cn

Recently Graduated ESRC Associates

Dr. Hui Hailong Electric Reliability Council of Texas

Areas of specialty/experience: power system planning and operation, renewable energy integration, micro-grid issues, and power market operations.

Dr. Xueyang Cheng CAISO, Operations Engineer

Areas of Interest: Power system planning and operation.

xueyang.cheng@mavs.uta.edu

Dr. Zhaohao Ding North China Electrical Power University, Assistant Professor

Dr. Ding is an assistant professor in North China Electric Power University and a research member in Academy of Modern Electric Power Research. He has conducted multiple power market related projects from National Energy Administration, State Grid Corporation of China, China Southern Power Grid and other major generation companies.

Areas of specialty/experience: power system planning and operation, renewable energy integration, microgrid, power market and stochastic optimization.

zhaohao.ding@ncepu.edu.cn

Dr. Meng Liu, P.E. Oncor Electric Delivery

Areas of specialty/experience: Power System Planning

Dr. Franklin L. Quilumba Oncor Electric Delivery

Areas of specialty/experience: Power System Protection

Dr. Shiuan-Hau Rau (Eric), P.E. Shermco Industries/Electrical Engineer

Areas of specialty/experience: Power System Analysis, Short-Circuit Studies, Coordination Studies, Arc-flash Studies, Electrical Distribution and Relaying, NERC Compliance Studies.

erau@shermco.com

Dr. Piampoom Sarikprueck

Areas of Interest: Energy conversion, rotating electric machines, power systems, renewable energy technologies, plug in hybrid electric vehicle infrastructure, energy and market price forecasting.

piampoom.sarikpreuck@mavs.uta.edu

Dr. Zhenyuan Zhang College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean, project associate for the IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Research Project

Areas of specialty/experience: power system analysis, power system optimization, smart grids, electrical safety analysis, arc flash analysis and power market.

zhangzhenyuan@uestc.edu.cn

Dr. Xin Wang

Areas of specialty/experience: Dr. Wang specializes in completing compliance testing for demonstration of generation compliance for Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE), such as wind and solar. Dr. Wang is good at power flow, voltage, short circuit and transient modeling studies. She provides skilled electrical engineering support in distribution and transmission grid evaluation. She also has experience in data analysis, load profile forecast, and peak demand forecast.

xin.wang70@mavs.uta.edu

Dr. Samuel Vega-Cotto, P.E Indian Health Service. Sr. Electrical Engineer

Areas of specialty/experience: power system planning and operation, renewable energy integration, microgrid, power market and stochastic optimization.

samuel.vega-cotto@ihs