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University of Connecticut School of Engineering Power and Energy Systems Laboratory



Peng Zhang
Francis L. Castleman Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Zhang’s departmental page
Dr. Zhang’s profile at Eversource Energy Center

Ph.D. Students

Lynn Ren. Topic: Resilient Microgrid through SDN
B.Sc. Shandong University; M.Sc. China Electric Power Research Institute

Taofeek Orekan. Topic: Smart Ocean Systems
B.Sc. Kennesaw State University

Yan Li. Topic: Networked Microgrids and Software-Defined Distribution Network
B.Sc. Tianjin University

Jason Philhower. Topic: Microgrids
B.Sc. University of Hartford; M.Sc. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Zefan Tang. Topic: Smart City and Smart Grid
B.Sc. Zhejiang University; M.Sc. UMich-Shanghai Jiaotong University Joint Institute

Visiting Ph.D. Student

Xubin Liu Topic: Deep Integration of PV and Cyber Security
Ph.D. candidate: Hunan University

M.Sc. (Plan A) Student

Kunihiro Muto  
B.Sc. University of Connecticut

Heqiang Wang Topic: Modeling and Analysis of Smart Distribution and Microgrids 
B.Sc. University of Kentucky.

Undergraduate students

Derek McCormack
Alsandy Jacot
Joel Velez
Rahul Vachhani
Christine Ross
Nicholas White
Islam Bilalovski
Jeffrey Brennan
Peter McBride
Christopher Stella
Kyle Buckley
Frank Ludorf
Alex Slossberg
Justin Walters


Samuel J. Hake (Honors student) (Currently with Burns& McDonnel)
Kelin Victoria Zúñiga Meneses (Visiting PhD, Universidad de La Laguana, Spain)
Hua Ye (Visiting Professor)(Currently associate professor at Shandong University)
Gengfeng Li (Visiting PhD)(Currently assistant professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University)
Sherwin Li (M.Sc.) (Currently with The Boeing Company)
Yang Wang (Postdoc), (Currently with Wayne State University)
Shu Wan (REU student and RA) (Currently with ISO-NE)
Kendall Pitts (NSF REU Student from University of North Carolina)
Zhibing Zhao (M.Sc.) (Currently with RPI)
Haodong Hu (M.Sc.) (Currently with Panasonic)
Joe Boruch (M.Sc.) (Currently with Pratt & Whitney)
Hui Xue (Visiting Professor), (Currently associate professor at China Agricultural University)
Jian Zhang (Visiting PhD)(Currently with Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute)
Jingjing Lu (Visiting PhD)(Currently PhD student at NCEPU)

Jingjing, Jian, Taofeek and Lingyu

Jingjing, Jian, Taofeek and Lingyu

Lingyu named GE Fellow.


UConn’s first grid-tied PV system built by Dr. Zhang’s group.


UConn ECE Department.

UConn ECE Department.