Electrical engineering graduate student wins third in IEEE poster contest

Yingzhong Gu, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, won the third prize in the Graduate Student Poster Contest at the 2010 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting in Minneapolis.Gu won third prize for his poster, "Fast Look-ahead Coordinated Control of Wind Power and Aggregated PHEVs." He is advised by Dr. Le Xie, an assistant professor in the department and co-author of the poster.The abstract describes the poster as "a coordinated model predictive control (MPC)-based scheduling framework for variable wind generation and aggregated plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). By leveraging battery charging/discharging capacity against short-term wind power forecast errors, the proposed scheduling framework maximizes the joint economic profits of wind farm and aggregated PHEVs. Numerical examples in a standard IEEE RTS system have shown that (1) through coordination the combined profits of wind farm and PHEVs are higher than the case without coordination, and (2) the computational time is about 500 times faster than standard quadratic programming routine in MATLAB."Gu was born in Shanghai, China. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2009 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Texas A&M. His research interests include power system optimization, vehicle-to-grid technologies, renewable energy, power system analysis and voltage stability.Xie joined the department in January 2010. He received his B.E. in electrical engineering in 2004 from Tsinghua University (China), his M.Sc. in engineering sciences from Harvard University in 2005 and his Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. His industry experience included an internship at ISO-New England and an internship at Edison Mission Energy Marketing and Trading. His research interests include modeling and control of large-scale power systems with renewable energy resources and electricity markets.The IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting is the largest annual professional meeting for power and energy society members across the world. The intent of the meeting is to provide an international forum for attendees to promote, share and discuss a myriad of ongoing developments that relate to today's power and energy industry.The IEEE Power and Energy Society is a worldwide, non-profit association of more than 24,000 individuals engaged in the electric power energy industry. Their mission is to be the leading provider of scientific information on electric power and energy for the betterment of society and the preferred professional development source for our members. PES members are involved in the planning, research, development, construction, installation, and operation of equipment and systems for the safe, reliable, and economic generation, transmission, distribution, measurement, and control of electric energy. http://www.ece.tamu.edu/NewsAndEvents/Newsletter/Vol11No1/pesposter.php