Faculty

Ali Feliachi

Ali Feliachi is the Director of APERC and its research leader. Feliachi photoHe holds the position of the endowed Electric Power Systems Chair in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.He worked as an engineer with the Algerian National Electricity and Gas Company (SONELGAZ) in the power system dynamics group and was a consultant at Georgia Power Company before joining WVU in January 1984. He has been working in the field of large scale systems and power systems for 25 years, and has over 170 publications. He received the Diplome d’Ingonieur en Electrotechnique from Ecole Nationale Polytechnique of Algiers in 1976, his MS in 1979 and his PhD in 1983 in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Contact info: West Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science Building (ESB) 841B, Morgantown, WV 26506-6109, (304) 293-0405, alfeliachi@mail.wvu.edu, http://www.csee.wvu.edu/~feliachi/


Muhammad A. Choudhry

Muhammad A. Choudhry is a professor in the Department Choudhry Portait Photoof Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at WVU. He received BS in 1973 in Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, his MS in 1977 in Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in 1981 in Electrical Engineering, University of Purdue. His research focus area is Power Engineering. His research interests lie in D.C transmission, power system analysis, and simulation, electrical machines, distributed generation, power electronics, optimal control and design of robust controllers.

Contact info: West Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science Building (ESB) 931, Morgantown, WV 26506-6109, (304) 293-0405, Muhammad.Choudhry@mail.wvu.edu, http://www.csee.wvu.edu/~choudhry/

Hong-Jian Lai

Hong-Jian Lai is a professor in the Department Lai Photoof Mathematics at WVU, working on graph theory, matroid theory, graph algorithms and discrete optimizations.

Contact info: West Virginia University, Department of Mathematics, PO Box 6310, Morgantown, WV 26506-6310, (304) 293-2011 ext. 2348, fax (304) 293-3982, hjlai@math.wvu.edu, http://jacobi.math.wvu.edu/~hjlai/

Afzel Noore

Afzel Noore is a professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science Noore photoand Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University. From 1996 to 2003, he was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Dean in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. His research includes information fusion, computational intelligence, data analysis and decision making with uncertain, non-ideal or missing data, fault tolerance, and reliability. These approaches have been applied in biometrics, electric power systems, software failure prediction, and reconfiguring critical infrastructures in the event of failures or attacks. He has over 85 publications in refereed journals, book chapters, and conferences. He is the recipient of four best paper awards in international conferences. Dr. Noore was recognized as outstanding researcher twice and received Researcher of the Year award in the College. He was also recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the College three times and received an Outstanding Teacher award from the University.

Contact info: West Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science Building (ESB) 949, Morgantown, WV 26506-6109, (304) 293-0405, afzel.noore@mail.wvu.edu, http://www.csee.wvu.edu/~noore/

Daryl Reynolds

Daryl Reynolds is an assistant professor in the Department Reynolds photoof Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at WVU. He received his BS in 1993 in Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado of Boulder, his MS in 1998 and his Ph.D in 2002 in Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University. His research focus area is Communication Systems. His research interests lie in statistical signal processing for communications, multiuser detection, space-time coding and processing, iterative (turbo) processing, call, access, and power control for multiuser detection and transmitter precoding.

Contact info: West Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science Building (ESB) 837, Morgantown, WV 26506-6109, (304) 293-0405, Daryl.Reynolds@mail.wvu.edu, http://www.csee.wvu.edu/~reynolds/

John E. Saymansky

John E. Saymansky is a research assistant professor in the Saymnsky photoDivision of Resource Management, Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences. He is working on modeling wholesale and retail electric power market to assess risk, market efficiency and rent capturing potential of various market agents.

Contact info: West Virginia University, Division of Resource Management, PO Box 6108, Morgantown, WV 26506-6108, (304) 293-4832 ext. 4460, fax (304) 293-3752, jsaymans@wvu.edu

John E. Sneckenberger

John E. Sneckenberger is with the Department of Mechanical Sneckenberger photoand Aerospace Engineering. He was active in the Projects with Industry Program and also provided technical assistance to West Virginia industry on energy utilization as well as related quality and environmental issues.

Contact info: West Virginia University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Science Building (ESB) G60, Morgantown, WV 26506-6109, john.sneckenberger@mail.wvu.edu

Students

taoridi Ademoye

Taoridi Ademoye is a graduate received a Bachelor’s degree Taoridi Ademoyein Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in 2001 and a Master’s degree in Control Systems Engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV in 2006. He is currently a Ph.D. student and a graduate research assistant at the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. His main interests include application of control theories in electric power system

Contact info: West Virginia University, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Engineering Sciences Building 1001, Morgantown, WV 26506-6109, tademoye@mix.wvu.edu

Alumni

Ali Karimi

Ali Karimi received his Master of Electrical Engineering Karimi photodegree from West Virginia University in 2003 and Ph.D degree in 2008 at the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. His main interests include application of nonlinear control theories in electric power system, stability enhancement of large scale system, and approximation theories.

Bernard McGee

Bernard J. McGee received his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering McGee photodegree and Bachelors of Computer Engineering degree from West Virginia University in December 2005 and got his Master degree in 2008 at the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. His research interests include communication solutions for connecting complex heterogeneous networks.

Koushaly Nareshkumar

Koushaly Nareshkumar got her master degree at APERC in the Lane Nareshkumar photoDepartment of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University in 2008. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Power Systems from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in March 2002. Before commencing her Graduate Studies, she worked in Sri Lanka as a Design Engineer for Transmission Lines and Grid Substations and also has experience in Energy Efficient Lighting Designs. Her interests are three phase unbalanced power flow analysis and Application of Multi Agents to Power Distribution Systems.

Pradeep Pant

Pradeep received his first Bachelor’s degree in Physics Pant photofrom Tribhuvan University in Nepal and second Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from West Virginia University. He got his MSEE degree at West Virginia University in 2007. He has five years of experience in renewable energy project implementation in Nepal. He was with American Electric Power Corporate Technology Development/Technology Solutions Group from August 2003 to July 2004. His research concerns agent based controls and their implementation in form of a hardware prototype for a shipboard power system.

Julia Popova

Julia was a research assistant in the Department of Economics Popova photoat West Virginia University. She is interested in financial instruments for the new deregulated electric power market.

Amer Al-Hinai

Amer Al-Hinai received the BSEE from Sultan Qaboos Al-Hinai photoUniversity, Muscat, Oman in 1997. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University in December 2000 and Ph.D. in May 2005. His research concerned distributed generation and agent-based control systems. Amer Al-Hinai is now at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Nedzad Atic

Nedzad Atic received his Diplomirani Inzinjer Elektrotehnike degree Atic photofrom the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997 and his MS in Electrical Engineering at West Virgnia University in 2003. His research interests include robust load frequency control and model predictive control. He received the IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award.

Lingling Fan

Lingling Fan obtained her BS and MS in Electrical Engineering Fan photofrom Southeast University in 1994 and 1997, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from WVU in 2001. Currenly, she is working in the expansion planning department, Midwest ISO, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her interests include power system planning, reliability and economics.

Anisha Fernandes

Anisha Fernandes was a research assistant at APERC and Fernandes photograduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University. She completed her Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India in June 2003. She was involved in modeling and simulation of gas turbines for shipboard electric power systems and control design including automatic reconfiguration for load shedding based on priorities.

Shilpa B. Ganesh

Shilpa Ganesh received her MS degree from West Virginia Unversity Ganesh photoin December 2005. She worked as graduate research assistant at APERC applying agent technology to control issues of electric power systems on shipboards. Her research earned her the 3rd place in the Engineering Research Area of Sigma Xi National Honor Society’s Graduate Research Competition 2005 (see Sigma Xi 2005 Award).

FvBiju Gopi

Biju Gopi received his B.S degree in electrical engineering from Bombay University, India, in 1994 amd M.S. degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University, in 2002. At WVU he worked at APERC as a research assistant with interests in the area of utility telecommunications. Biju is working for the Midwest ISO in the Market Services Group handling firm transmission rights (FTR) allocations to market participants, apart from conducting periodic FTR auctions for residual FTRs.

Contact info: bgopi@midwestiso.org

Azra Hasanovic

Azra Hasanovic received the “Diplomirani Inziner Elektrotehnike” Azra Hasanovic photodegree from the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in March 1997, and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from WVU in December 2000. She joined American Electric Power Transmission Planning/ System Dynamic Analysis Group in March 2001. Since then she has mainly worked in power system analysis, modeling and control design.

Amer Hasanovic

Amer Hasanovic received the Diplomirani Inzinjer Elektrotehnike Hasanovic photodegree from the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1999, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from WVU in 2001, and his Ph.D. at WVU in 2004. Amer’s research focused on robust decentralized control using advanced linear and nonlinear techniques with applications to power system transient stability and load frequency control. He received the First Prize in the 2002 IEEE Power Engineering Society Student Paper Contest, Toronto, Canada, July 2003 (IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award).

Serhiy Kotsan

Serhiy received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University Kotsanin May 2005. He was a research assistant in the Department of Economics working on issues of ancillary services and efficient pricing mechanisms of the new deregulated electric power market.

Guillaume Raux

Guillaume received his License en Ingzinierie Electrique in May 1998 Rauxfrom the University of Rennes 1, France, a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from WVU in 2001 and 2003 respectively. His research and thesis at APERC concerned power line communication issues. Currently, Guillaume is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University and with research interests including statistical signal processing techniques and information theoretic analysis of multi-user, multi-carrier, MIMO Communications and Ad Hoc Networks.

Dulpichet Rerkpreedapong

Dulpichet Rerkpreedapong received his BSEE from Kasetsart Rerkpreedapong photoUniversity, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1995, and MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU) in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He worked as a Lecturer at Kasetsart University until 1997 when he obtained a Royal Thai Scholarship to pursue his graduate studies. He was a Graduate Research Assistant in the Advanced Power Engineering Research Center (APERC) at WVU, Morgantown, from 1999 until May 2003. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Kasetsart University. His research interests are in power systems restructuring, and power systems control and operation specialized in load frequency control.

Contact info: fengdur@ku.ac.th.

Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson received his Master of Electrical Engineering degree from the WVU Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in 2005. He was developing power electronics for motor control and power factor correction.

Raghu Chandra Sankarayogi

Raghu Chandra Sankarayogi received his MS degree from the Raghu Chandra SankarayogiLane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in December 2005. He was investigating real-time operating systems and control design tools for real-time control agents and networked controls to improve reliablility of integrated shipboard power systems.

Karl Schoder

Karl Schoder was a research assistant at APERC and received Karl Schoderhis PhD from WVU in 2002. He developed a toolbox for power system analysis and applied robust control techniques to FACTS and power systems. More information about his current position at APERC/LDCSEE can be found here.

Kourosh Sedghisigarchi

Kourosh Sedghisigarchi received both his BSEE and MSEE Kourosh Sedghisigarchifrom Sharif University of Technology and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2004. Kourosh won the third prize in the IEEE Power Engineering Society PhD Student Competition at the 2002 summer meeting with his poster presentation “Dynamic Modeling and Analysis of a Grid-Connected Solid Oxide Fuel Cell” (further information can be found here.)

Pinak Tulpule

Pinak Tulpule received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering Pinak Tulpuleat the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University in 2007. His research interests included software agents, neuro-fuzzy control, and their application to energy management systems. Pinak was working on agent based reconfiguration algorithms and agent communication.