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What was your previous position and where?I have worked in electric power research and industry for about four years dealing with gas and steam power plants control systems. Before I joined LSU, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow and research assistant on various projects including fault diagnostics and prognostics in electrical and mechanical systems, energy harvesting from vibration and power system stability at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
What brought you to LSU?A faculty position in electrical power engineering was my goal. I found out that LSU was a great supporter of electrical power research. Moreover, electrical power engineering is predominant in the state of Louisiana with substantial support from the industry, like from Entergy. Thus, I considered these to be very significant when I accepted the offer.
What are your research interests?My research interests include power system stability, renewable energy integration, micro grids, fault detection and control systems.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I have plans to help expand the power system curriculum and research labs at the school, in cooperation with faculty in the power engineering group as well as with the help from LSU and local industry.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?The school and LSUís great support of power system engineering, the friendly faculty and staff, and the beautiful campus.
What are your major accomplishments?I have recently been awarded a multi-year federal grant to perform research on micro grids and power system stability as well as to enhance pertinent curriculum. In addition, in cooperation with faculty members from the power engineering group, we have been successful in attracting local power system industries and obtained research funds ($200K) from them last year. I am a co-awardee of a 2012 U.S. patent on energy harvesting from vibration. I have published around 15 journal and conference articles with faculty and my students. And, I have developed two new courses in the power engineering discipline since I joined LSU.