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University of Connecticut School of Engineering Power and Energy Systems Laboratory


(UConn Photo/Christopher Larosa)


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

Peng Zhang received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, under supervision of Professor Hermann Dommel and Professor Jose R. Martí. He is the Castleman Professor in Engineering Innovation, and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA. He was a System Planning Engineer at BC Hydro and Power Authority, Vancouver. His research interests include microgrids, power system stability and control, cyber security, and smart ocean systems. Dr. Zhang is a Registered Professional Engineer in BC, Canada, and an individual member of CIGRÉ. He is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.

Ph.D. Students

Taofeek Orekan. Topic: Smart Ocean Energy Systems
B.Sc. Kennesaw State University; M.Sc. University of Connecticut

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

Altan Unlu. Topic: Microgrids and Smart Distribution
B.Sc. University of Gaziantep; M.Sc. George Washington University

Wenfeng Wan. Topic: TBD
B.Sc. Xi’an Jiaotong University; M.Sc. Xi’an Jiaotong University

Saman Dadjo Tavakoli. Topic: Microgrids and smart distribution
B.Sc. Shahrood University of Technology; M.Sc. Shahid Beheshti University

M.Sc. (Plan A) Student

Kunihiro Muto Topic: Modeling and Analysis of Smart Distribution and Microgrids  
B.Sc. University of Connecticut

Heqiang Wang Topic: Microgrid Protection 
B.Sc. University of Kentucky

Senior design Teams 2017-2018

Commercial Solar Works – Wastewater Treatment Plant Microgrid (joint with ENVE)
Kelly Higinbotham
Wyatt VanFossan
Christopher Angi
Emma Hughes
Sara Nelson
Kim Quach
Jordan Krueger
Underwater Wireless Power and Data Transfer Via Common Inductive Coupled Coils
Jeffrey Santi
Alex Slossberg (Independent Design Lab)
Leyang Shen
Ruochen Xie
Utility Grid Enhancement for Deep Integration of Distributed Photovoltaic Power Generation
Marissa Simonelli
Martial Sawasawa
Christopher Gutierrez


Lingyu Ren, Ph.D. Senior Engineer, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC)
Taofeek Orekan, Ph.D., Postdoc Fellow, University of Connecticut
Sherwin Li, M.Sc., Senior Engineer, The Boeing Company
Hua Ye, Visiting Professor, Professor at Shandong University
Gengfeng Li,Visiting PhD, Associate Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Yang Wang, Postdoc, Economic Transmission Planning Engineer, NiSource
Samuel J. Hake, Honors student, Engineer, Burns& McDonnel
Kelin Victoria Zúñiga Meneses, Visiting PhD, Universidad de La Laguana, Spain
Shu Wan, REU student and RA, Engineer, ISO-NE
Kendall Pitts, REU Student, Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Zhibing Zhao, M.Sc., RA, RPI
Haodong Hu, M.Sc., Engineer, Panasonic
Joe Boruch, M.Sc., Engineer, Pratt & Whitney
Hui Xue, Visiting Professor, Professor, China Agricultural University
Jian Zhang, Visiting PhD, Engineer, Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute
Jingjing Lu, Visiting PhD, RA, NCEPU

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

(UConn Photo/Christopher Larosa)

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.