Dr. Le Xie, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.
"I am very glad that our research is recognized through this competitive award," Xie said. "It's been an exciting time here at Texas A&M, where I was able to work with world-class faculty and students with diverse backgrounds to tackle some of the most challenging power and energy problems by use of advanced sensing, communication, data analytics, and control technologies, which are collectively referred to as 'smart grid' technologies.
"I look forward to continuing our interdisciplinary research and making real-world impact on the region and in the world."
Xie is affiliated with the Electric Power and Power Electronics Group in the department. He received his B.E. in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) in 2004 and an S.M. in engineering sciences from Harvard University in June 2005. He obtained his Ph.D. from the electric energy systems group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. His industry experience includes an internship in 2006 at ISO-New England and an internship at Edison Mission Energy Marketing and Trading in 2007. His research interest includes modeling and control of large-scale complex systems, smart grid applications in support of renewable energy integration and electricity markets. Honors include receiving the National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER Award and an NSF grant for his project, "Look-Ahead Coordination of Variable Resources for Providing Electric Energy and Regulation Services." He also was an invited participant to 2011 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. His first Ph.D. student Yingzhong Gu received third prize in the competitive Poster Contest at the 2010 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society General Meeting, the premier conference in his professional community.
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