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Clarkson University Professor Lei Wu Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

Lei Wu, an associate professor of electrical & computer engineering in Clarkson University's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the University’s 122nd commencement ceremony today.

Lei WuThe $1,500 research accounts are presented to "faculty members who have shown promise in engineering, business, liberal arts or scientific research."

Wu joined Clarkson in 2010 and has developed a set of new graduate-level courses, including "Power System Planning," "Operation and Control of Electric Power Systems," "Market Operation of Power Systems," and "Advanced Topics in Emerging Power Systems."

His research interests include stochastic modeling and optimization of large-scale power systems, cyber physical systems, high penetration renewable energy applications, demand response, and power system reliability and economics.

Wu is a 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient and the recipient of the 2012 IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award for the course he developed on stochastic optimization and coordination control of the future power grid. He also received the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Power and Energy Society Student Prize Paper Award as an advisor in 2014.

Wu has received more than $2 million in grants as principal investigator or co-principal investigator. He has co-authored more than 40 articles in refereed journals, and is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and serves as guest editor and reviewer for a number of top U.S. and European power- and energy-related journals. Wu is also a senior member of the IEEE.

He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering and his master of science in systems engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in Shanxi, China. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Before coming to Clarkson, Wu spent two years as a senior research associate in the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (right) presents the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award to Lei Wu.

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