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  • As part of the above program the first batch of one faculty member Dr. S. Ganapathy and three graduate students (C. Murguan, D. Kalaiselvi and R. Hiemaja) are in Tennessee Tech during Fall 2013 semester .
  • Since cyber security is an important aspect of smart grid research we are happy to report that one of our students, Vitaly Ford representing TTU, has been placed 1st among approximately 150 players in National Cyber League Capture the Flag competition in Intermediate Advanced group. He has been ranked 6th among all groups and players (approximately 800 nationwide including most advanced ones). This is the 1st time a TTU student has participated in any security competition. Vitaly is an officer of the TTU CyberEagles club and a graduate research assistant in Smart Grid Security group, Center for Energy Systems Research. Congratulations Vitaly!
  • On September 24 2013, Rabie Belkacemi, Adeniyi Babalola, Ali Fliachi and Funso Ariyo presented their paper, "Restoration of Smart Grid Distribution System using Two-Way Communication Capability" at the North American Power Symposium conference. The conference, which took place at Kansas State University/Manhattan, covers both technical and social advances in its 45-year history. The technology outlined in the paper was specifically mentioned in one of the conference's keynote addresses.
  • Dr. Joseph Ojo, Professor of ECE has received a DURIP (Defense University Research Instrumentation Program) equipment grant of $508K from Office of Naval Research for the academic year 2013-14 for his project on More Electric Integrated Power Systems with Multiphase Motors and Generators.
  • Joseph Ojo, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. Members are selected for their analytical skills and outstanding knowledge of engineering theory and practice. Ojo has been at TTU since 1988. He earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin. A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, his research interests include electrical machine analysis and design, power systems economics and deregulation, control theory for power electronics and adjustable-speed motor drives.
  • A presentation targetting students for smart grid research on an in-house laboratory power grid can be found HERE!
  • Satish Mahajan won the TTU Kinslow Award for a smart grid sensor paper employing GPS to provide real time measurements of transmission line sag. When a transmission line carries a lot of power the heat generated actually causes the power line to stretch and sag. Real time measurements of sag provide feedback about transmission lines which are over taxed.
  • Former CESR student, Tapan K. Manna, Ph.D., P.E. is presenting a seminar Thursday November 15, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Brown Hall 208 entitled Field Testing of Oil Filled Transformers. This correlates well to CESR smart grid research in that Dr. Mahajan has been developing smart sensors to provide effective age of transformers.
  • Former CESR student, Tapan K. Manna, Ph.D., P.E. is presenting a seminar Friday November 16, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Brown Hall 208 entitled HVDC Growth in US Transmission Networks. It is of note that under a recent DOE project, power line sag instrumentation developed at TTU was tested at the ORNL HVDC field test site.
  • Robert Craven recently attended the TREEDC DIY solar installation workshop on Oct 18th 2012 at the University of Tennessee Conference Center. The workshop stressed that typical solar installations require roofing expertise, solar expertise, and electrical expertise all merged and that a Do-It-Yourselfer should get help in the areas that they are not proficient in themselves. The presentations were augmented by an excellent collection of articles provided as handouts.