Power Systems Engineering Research Center

PSERC's Organization

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Universities and Executive Committee

PSERC's Director is Vijay Vittal, who is at Arizona State University, PSERC's lead university. The Director is responsible for overseeing all affairs of PSERC. The Executive Director, Dennis Ray, assists the Director in Center management, communications and industry relations. The Site Directors are PSERC's local campus representatives and liaisons to the university faculty, staff and administration. The Director and Site Directors comprise PSERC's Executive Committee. The PSERC member universities and their respective Site Directors are:


Arizona State
(Gerald T. Heydt)
Berkeley
(Shmuel Oren)
Carnegie Mellon
(Marija Ilic)
Colorado School of Mines
(P.K. Sen)
Cornell
(Lang Tong)
Georgia Tech
(A.P. Sakis Meliopoulos)
Howard University
(James Momoh)
Illinois
(Peter Sauer)
Iowa State
(Venkataramana Ajjarapu)
Texas A&M
(Mladen Kezunovic)
Washington State
(Anjan Bose)
Wichita State
(Ward Jewell)
Wisconsin
(Chris DeMarco
   

Facilitator and NSF Evaluator

PSERC's organization facilitator is Frank Wayno at Cornell University.  The facilitator assists the Director by promoting improved communication among industry members and PSERC researchers, and by facilitating discussions to help PSERC better meet its objectives. Otto Doering from Purdue University is the evaluator for NSF's Industry/University Cooperative Research Program. As evaluator, Doering seeks to facilitate communications among industry and university members, and NSF in order to help PSERC to better meets its mission.

Industry Advisory Board

An Industry Advisory Board provides the critical linkage between industrial members and PSERC. The Board works with the universities to identify research and education opportunities, reviews and recommends projects, and works with the Director and Executive Committee to address PSERC business and policy matters.

The current Board officers are Doug McLaughlin (Southern Company Services), Chair, and Flora Flygt (American Transmission Company). The Industry Advisory Board meets twice annually. At the meetings, industrial members conduct Board business, meet researchers and students from the member universities, hear progress reports on research projects and proposals for new projects, and engage in current issue discussions with researchers and other industry members.

Research Stem Committees

Each research stem has a committee that organizes its research activities. Industrial members join researchers as stem committee members to set research directions, organize projects, and facilitate high quality research. The current stem committee chairs are:

  • Markets: Shmuel Oren, Chair, University of California-Berkeley; Jim Price, Vice-Chair, California ISO
  • Transmission and Distribution Technologies: Ward Jewell, Wichita State University;
    Jeff Fleeman, Vice-Chair, American Electric Power Company
  • Systems: Pete Sauer, University of Illinois-Urbana; Jim Gronquist, Vice-Chair, BPA

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