Dr. Sukumar Kamalasadan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named as the 2019-2022 Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of the Williams States Lee College of Engineering.
Dr. Kamalasadan has over 25 years research experience on power grid modernization, including smart grid, microgrid, power system operation and optimization, power system dynamics, stability and control, and renewable-energy-based distributed generation. He contributed to the development of a $5M Grid modernization laboratory, advised around 49 graduate students and around 100 undergraduate students, published more than 150 research articles, and contributed towards $11M in grants and contracts at UNC Charlotte. He has also introduced graduate courses in the field of power and energy systems, led power technical thrust group, developed undergraduate and graduate power and energy concentrations, and advised industry-sponsored senior design teams. He has led several research projects with Duke Energy for the last 6 years, which led to implementation of patented controllers and workforce development for Duke Energy. He has received several awards including the NSF CAREER award, and best paper awards in 2015, 2016, 2018.