Research

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Power System Protection
    • New Protection Paradigm for Smartgrid
    • New data-driven and physics-based models for protection of smart grid 
    • Fault detection, protection and fault location in microgrids
    • Improved methods for Digital Relaying
  • Power System Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis
    • Create Validated Time Domain Models of Power System Components and subsystems

GUEST LECTURES:

  • Guest lecture on “Protection Issues in Power Distribution and Transmission Systems” at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India, on August 18, 2004.
  • Invited Panel presentation – “Short Circuit Analysis of Type II Induction
    Generator and Wind Farm” at IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, April 2012, Orlando, FL.
  • Guest lecture – “Real Time Applications of Mathematical Morphology in Power System Protection” at Arizona State University, on November 16, 2012.
  • A 4-hour co-presented tutorial on Fault Contribution from Wind Plants at IEEE PES General meeting 2015, July 26, 2015.
  • Keynote Address – “Power System Protection in the Era of Smart Grid” – at IEEE Power, Communication, and Information Technology (PCITC-2015) conference in Bhubaneswar, India on October 15, 2015.
  • Seminar on “Dynamic Visualization of Power Systems – Models, Promises, and Challenges” at University of New Mexico, on October 21, 2016.
  • Plenary Talk – “Power System Protection in the Era of Smart Grid” – at International Conference on Research and Innovation in Science, Engineering, and Technology (ICRISET-2017), BVM Engineering College, Vallabh Vidyanagar, India, February 2017.
  • Invited panel presentation – “Demonstrating the need of Interdisciplinary Background for Advanced Protection Applications”, IEEE PES GM 2017, July, 2017, Chicago, IL.
  • Keynote Address – “Power System Protection in the Era of Smart Grid” – at 7th International Conference on Power Systems (ICPS-2017), College of Engineering, Pune, India, December 2017.
  • Invited Panel presentation at the supersession on Low Inertia and Weak Grid – “Protection in the Weak Grid Future”, IEEE PES GM 2018, August 2018, Portland, OR.
  • Invited Panel presentation “How can we detect faults in a 100% inverter-based system”, IEEE PES GM 2018, August 2018, Portland, OR.
  • Invited Panel presentation “Power System Protection in the Era of Smart Grid” at “Grid of the Future Workshop” at Sandia National Laboratories, August 22, 2018.
  • Invited Panel presentation “Protection in Presence of Inverter Based Resources” at “2019 PV Systems Symposium” at Sandia National Laboratories, May 15, 2019.
  • Chair, Workshop on Use of Synchrophasors and Synchronized Sampling in Protection, The First IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Synchronized Measurements and Analytics – SGSMA, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA, May 20, 2019.
  • Invited Panel Chair, “Modeling of converter-interfaced renewable sources for short circuit studies- IEEE PES GM 2019”, August 2019, Atlanta, GA.
  • Invited Panel presentation “Protection challenges with increased penetration of inverter-based generation in the Southeastern Region of the US”, IEEE PES General Meeting, August 2019, Atlanta, GA.
  • Invited Panel presentation “Protection of microgrids with high penetration of inverter based resources”, IEEE PES General Meeting, August 2020, Virtual.
  • Invited Panel Presentation “IEEE PSRCC WG 24 – Modification of Commercial Fault Calculation Programs for Wind Turbine Generators”, Presented at Eastern Interconnection Reliability Assessment Group – ERAG Workshop, October 27, 2020.
  • Keynote Presentation “Challenges to Power System Protection in Presence of Renewables”, Presented at National Power System Conference (NPSC) 2020, IIT Gandhinagar, India, December 18, 2020, Virtual.
  • Main Committee Presentation “IEEE PSRCC WG 24 – Modification of Commercial Fault Calculation Programs for Wind Turbine Generators”, Presented at the main committee meeting of the IEEE PES Power System Relaying and Control Committee, January 14, 2021. Virtual.
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Presentation “Teaching the First Course on Power Engineering to the Undergraduate Students – Opportunities and Challenges”, Invited Lecture at IEEE Bombay Section PES/PAS Joint Chapter, May 11, 2021. Virtual.
  • Guest presentation “Use of AI in Protection – Some Thoughts”, IEEE PES Power System Relaying and Control Committee, meeting of Working Group C43 – “Use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Power System Protection and Control”, May 5, 2021.
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Presentation “Microgrid Protection in Presence of Renewables”, Invited Lecture at IEEE PES Turkey Chapter, May 28, 2021. Virtual.
  • Invited Panel presentation “Operation and Protection of Microgrids with High Penetration of IBRs”, PES & PELS 2021 6th IEEE Workshop on the Electronic Grid (eGrid 2021), November 2021, Virtual.

GRANTS:

New Mexico State University:

  1. California Energy Commission (CEC), Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) – Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG): “Fault Location in Power Distribution System with Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources”, PI. Amount: $50,000. November 1, 2008 – October 31, 2009.
  2. US Department of Energy: “Investigating Short Circuit Models for Wind Turbine Generators”,  PI. Co-PI: Dr. Satish Ranade. Amount: $ 272,816. October 2009–December 2012.
  3. Pacific Gas and Electric: “Network Primary Model Development”,  PI. Co-PI: Dr. Satish Ranade. Amount: $ 212,705. November 17, 2009 – July 31, 2014.
  4. Department of Energy: “Customer Driven Microgrid”, Investigator. PI: Dr. Satish Ranade. Amount: $400,000 out of total $1.8 million. November 2009 – December 2011.
  5. Sandia National Laboratories: “Microgrid Protection”, PI. Amount: $ 69,721. May 2, 2011 – June 30, 2012.
  6. Interdesciplinary Research Grant, VPR’s office NMSU: “ Classification of Disturbance Data Generated by Phasor Measurement Units for Better Control and Protection of Power Grid”, as PI, Co-PI: Dr. Huiping Cao. Amount: $38,490. January 2013 – May 2014.
  7. National Science Foundation: “CREST Center for Research – iCREDITS: interdisciplinary Center of Research Excellence in Design of Intelligent Technologies for Smartgrids”, as Co-PI. PI: Dr. Enrico Pontelli. Amount: $701,656 (out of $4,999,721). February 2014 – January 2019.
  8. El Paso Electric: “Transient Studies for El Paso Electric Company”, Co-PI. PI: Dr. Satish Ranade . Amount: $45193 (out of $ 90,386). August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014.
  9. Sandia National Laboratories: “Foundations for Protecting Renewable-Rich Distribution Systems ”, as PI, Co-PI: Dr. Satish Ranade. Amount: $ 40,000. October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016.
  10. National Science Foundation:CPS: Breakthrough: Collaborative Research: WARP: Wide Area assisted Resilient Protection, as PI, Amount: $182,294 (Out of $500,000). September 15, 2015 – September 14, 2018. Collaboration with North Dakota State University – PI: Dr. Rajesh Kavasseri, Co-PI: Dr. Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri. Click here to view the dissemination page and get data.
  11. Sandia National Laboratories: “Protection of Grid-Connected and Islanded Renewable-Rich Distribution Systems”, as PI. Amount: $ 258,550 – January 2017 – December 31, 2018.

Clemson University:

  1. Part of the NSF CPS Grant (#10 above) Transferred – Amount: $ 81,692 – October 2018 – September, 2019.
  2. US Department of Energy: “Resilient Alaskan Distribution system Improvements using Automation, Network analysis, Control, and Energy storage (RADIANCE)”, as PI. Lead: Idaho National Lab. Amount: $ 88,000 – September 2018 – June, 2020.
  3. US Department of Energy: “SC-SECURED: a Southern Consortium for Storage-Enabled, Cyber-secure, Urban Resilient Electrical Distribution”, as PI. Lead: Sandia National Lab. Contract Amount: $ 160,000 – March 2019 – August, 2020.
  4. US Department of Energy: “Optimal Reconfiguration and Resilient Control Framework for Real-Time Photovoltaic Dispatch to Manage Critical Infrastructure (ReDis-PV)”, as PI. Lead UNC Charlotte. Contract Amount: $810,000  – November 2019 – October, 2022.
  5. US Department of Energy: “Adaptive Protection and Control for High Penetration PV and Grid Resilience”, as PI. Lead Sandia National Lab. Contract Amount: $ 525,000  – March 2020 – February, 2023.
  6. Idaho National Laboratories, Alternative Grid Operations (AGO) Project, as PI. Contract Amount: $ 285,000 – August 2021 – August, 2024.

Students Graduated:

PhD:

  1. Suresh Gautam: “Real Time Applications of Mathematical Morphology in Power System Protection” – Graduated – Fall 2012. Employed with GE Energy.
  2. Om Prasad Dahal: “Comprehensive Identification of Disturbance Events Recorded by Phasor Measurement Units” – Graduated – Spring 2014. Employed with Northern Indiana Public Service Company – NIPSCO.
  3. Malati Chaudhary: “Investigating short circuit models for Wind Turbine Generators” – Graduated – Fall 2013. Employed with Public Service Company of New Mexico.

Masters:

  1. Kesavan Gokulakrishnan: Solution of Startup Problem in Bulk Handling Conveyer Systems- Graduated – Summer 2009. Employed with Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Inc.
  2. Buyanni Prashanth Reddy: Short-circuit model for Fuel Cells – Graduated – Spring 2010.
  3. Sravan Kumar Buggaveeti: Improved Overcurrent Protection of Capacitor Banks using Mathematical Morphology – Graduated – Fall 2010. Employed with Siemens.
  4. Vrempala Sri Naga Aditya: Analysis and Simulation of Doubly Fed Asynchronous Generator – Graduated – Fall 2010.
  5. Henry Guan: Case Study: High Voltage at the High Lonesome Mesa Wind Farm- Graduated – Spring 2011. Employed with Sanida National Laboratory.
  6. Om Prasad Dahal: Modeling and Investigation of Various Options to Avoid the False Tripping Of Primary Distribution Feeder– Graduated – Spring 2013. Employed with Northern Indiana Public Service Company – NIPSCO.
  7. Sean Clifton: Elimination of Distribution Feeder Nuisance Tripping Via Point-On-Wave, Asynchronous Switching – Graduated – Fall 2013. Employed with Exponential Engineering.
  8. Shiva Prasad Pokharel: Modeling and Simulation of Three Phase Inverter to Investigate Fault Detection in Distribution Systems – Graduated – Spring 2014. Employed with Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Inc.
  9. Chris Zubia: Short Circuit Modeling and Protection Implementation for A Type 3 Wind Turbine Generator Facility using ASPEN OneLiner – Graduated – Spring 2014. Employed with El Paso Electric Company.
  10. Phani Harsha Gadde: PMU Data Compression in Wide Area Monitoring Systems– Graduated – Fall 2015.
  11. Michael Brown: “Quantification and Filtering of Noise in Data Transmitted by Phasor Measurement Units” Graduated – Spring 2016.
  12. Tarek Mamlook: “Evaluation of Estimation Algorithms for P& M Class Phasor measurement Units” Graduated – Fall 2016.
  13. Jordan Johnson: “100% Stator Coverage Using Subharmonic Injection”, Graduated – Fall 2020.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Milan Kumar Biswal: (August 1, 2014 – July 30, 2016)

Ravikumar Gelli – (January 2017 – January 2018)

Nataraj Pragallapati– (Started June 2017 – co-funded, NMSU)

Sijo Augustine (Started February 2018 – NMSU)

Hany Habib (2019-2021)

Mohamed Abuagreb (2021-)