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Dr. Le Xie has made pioneering contributions to the modeling and analysis of cyber-physical systems in the energy area. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering
Dr. Le Xie, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University and assistant director-energy digitization at the Texas A&M Energy Institute, has been named the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCCPS) Mid-Career Award.

The award recognizes one mid-career researcher each year from either academia or industry who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of cyber-physical systems in their career development, particularly emphasizing the significance and impacts of the research work they lead.

“Dr. Xie is an internationally visible scholar for his research leadership and vision of cyber-physical energy systems,” said Dr. Jiang Hu, professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, in his nomination letter. “He combines a very unique quality of academic vision, intellectual innovativeness and organizational leadership, which made him among the strongest candidates for this very prestigious award.”

Xie’s research activities center on energy grids. He has made pioneering contributions to the modeling and analysis of cyber-physical systems in the energy area. He was among the first power engineers to deeply integrate data sciences with the power grid.

Among his many honors, Xie has received eight best paper awards at major conferences and was the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the IEEE Power and Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the Oak Ridge Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Award. He was also named a Texas A&M Chancellor EDGES Fellow and Texas A&M Presidential Impact Fellow.

Xie received his bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, his master’s from Harvard University and his doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked with ISO-New England Inc. and Edison Mission Energy while working on his doctoral degree. His current research interests include modeling and control of large-scale complex systems, smart grid applications in support of renewable energy integration and electricity markets.

“I am deeply humbled by this recognition,” said Xie. “I owe a great deal to the supportive environment at Texas A&M and collaborative spirit of many colleagues. This recognition is not just for me, but also for the students and postdocs in the group over the years.”