Power Engineering Focus

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Power Engineering Focus

Why ECE at Portland State University?

The power engineering group addresses the engineering research and education opportunities arising from the emergence of large-scale societal challenges.  Specifically, the group addresses research and education opportunities that mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, climate change, and cyber-physical security threats to the electric power system. Opportunities for impactful engineering research arise as technological responses to large-scale societal challenges.  These challenges include risks posed by the Cascadia subduction zone, massive western wildfires, destructive and unusually large storms, cyber-physical security attacks, and climate change. Such scenarios challenge electric power systems beyond their design limits. The responses to these challenges provide opportunities for developing specialized research programs within the Maseeh College.

Major Societal Challenges

Major societal challenges that impact electric power systems. Engineering responses to these challenges point towards potential Research & Education (R&E) opportunities.

  • Cascadia subduction zone
  • Superstorms & wildfires
  • Cyber-physical system security
  • Data proliferation
  • Climate change
  • Renewable generation

Research & Education Tracks

Research and education programs to be developed to address the large-scale societal challenges noted above.  

  • Controls, both classical & modern 
  • Utility-scale power electronics 
  • Cyber-physical power systems
  • Resource planning, system modelling
  • Power system data science

Power Engineering graduate track information can be found here.

Research Objectives

Faculty members with expertise in multiple specialized power areas enables PSU to:

  1. Sustain a consistent and balanced graduate student body in power engineering.
  2. Enable faculty to pursue large power-related, high-impact grants.
  3. Create visibility within the major IEEE Power Engineering societies.
  4. Enable an integrated approach to sustainable energy research.

Current Team

  • R. Bass (Associate Professor)
  • J. Bird (Associate Professor)
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Power Engineering Program

Find out more about the students, faculty, and research in our power engineering program.