Junbo Zhao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Associate Director, Eversource Energy Center 

                                                              Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Connecticut

Email: junbo@uconn.edu

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Junbo Zhao is an Associate Director of the Eversource Energy Center for Grid Modernization and Strategic Partnerships and an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He is also the Research Scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He was an assistant professor and research assistant professor at Mississippi State University and Virginia Tech from 2019-2021 and 2018-2019, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, in 2018. His advisor is Prof. Lamine Mili (IEEE Life Fellow). He did a summer internship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2017. He is the Principal Investigator for a multitude of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, National Laboratories, and Eversource Energy.  He is now the chair of the IEEE Task Force on Power System Dynamic State and Parameter Estimation and IEEE Task Force on Cyber-Physical Interdependency for Power System Operation and Control, co-chair of the IEEE Working Group on Power System Static and Dynamic State Estimation, the secretary of IEEE PES Bulk Power System Operation Subcommittee, IEEE PES Distribution System Analysis Subcommittee, and IEEE Task Force on Synchrophasor Applications in Power System Operation and Control. He has published three book chapters and more than 180 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, where more than 100 appear in IEEE Transactions. 6 of his papers have been listed as Highly Cited Papers that reflect the top 1% (one hot paper with Top 0.1%) of papers by field according to Web of Science. He serves as the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power SystemsIEEE Transactions on Smart GridInternational Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, North America Regional Editor of the IET Renewable Power Generation, and subject editor of IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution. He has been listed as the 2020-2022 World’s Top 2% Scientists released by Stanford University in both Single-Year and Career tracks. He is the receipt of the Best Paper Awards from 2020, 2021, and 2022 IEEE PES General Meeting (5 papers), 2022 IEEE Conference on Energy Internet and Energy System Integration, 2019 and 2022 IEEE PES ISGT Asia, 2021 IEEE Sustainable Power and Energy Conference, IEEE I&CPS Asia 2021, and the 2020 Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, 2022 Outstanding Associate Editor award of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Top 3 Associate Editor award of IEEE Transactions Smart Grid in 2020, the 2020 and 2022 IEEE PES Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award, the 2021 Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, the 2021 IEEE PES Outstanding Volunteer Award, the 2022 IEEE PES Technical Committee Working Group Recognition Award for Outstanding Technical Report, and 2022 IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award (Society Level).

Research Interests

My research interests are cyber-physical power system modeling, monitoring, uncertainty quantification, learning, dynamics, stability control, and cyber security with DERs. The topics include but are not limited to

  • Power system modeling, estimation, identification, and synchrophasor measurement applications
  • Power system uncertainty quantification, cybersecurity, and resiliency
  • Power system dynamics and stability control with inverter-based resources
  • Big data analytics, machine learning, and robust statistical signal processing for smart grid
  • Power distribution system/microgrid analysis, optimization, and control with high penetration of DERs