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Welcoming Bai Cui, new assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

Bai Cui

Bai CuiEducation: PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2018. MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2014. BS, Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2011 and BS, Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011 (Dual Degree) 

Research focus: Application of optimization and control techniques in power system studies 

Previous position before coming to Iowa State: Researcher, Energy Systems Control and Optimization Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 

Recognitions and awards: My research works have won multiple best paper and poster presentation awards in venues such as PESGM, PSERC IAB meeting, and LANL grid science winter school. 

How do you hope your research discoveries impact the world? 

I hope my research efforts on renewable energy and power systems contribute to the development of solutions to some of the most pressing issues we face today, including climate and infrastructure challenges. At the same time, I hope my research deepens our intellectual understanding of the subject matter. Topics of my recent research include distributed energy resource management and system integration, bulk power system resilience and reliability improvements, and power system steady-state analysis. 

What kind of classroom and teaching experience do you look forward to creating at Iowa State? 

I would like to foster a welcoming, engaging and inclusive classroom environment that promotes student success. 

What drew you to join Iowa State? 

I’m most excited about the prospect of interacting and working with brilliant colleagues in the department, especially in the electric power group. Working with many faculty members that I’ve looked up to since day one of my research career is a dream come true.