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Panorama from San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, CA, by Gregg M. Erickson.

About me

I am an assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. I am part of the Power and Energy Center (PEC), and my focus is on algorithmic solutions for problems related to learning and optimization for smarter energy systems.


  • 10/2019: Our research group has two invited papers at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, in Seattle, WA: Mana's work on kernel-based smart inverter control and Manish's work on natural gas modeling.
  • 10/2019: Presented tutorial 'Learning for Monitoring and Control in Power Distribution Grids' during the webinar series organized by the IEEE Big Data Analytics subcommittee.
  • 09/2019: Mana defended her MSc thesis. Congratulations Mana!
  • 08/2019: Attended the IEEE PES General Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Presented at panel on research and educational activities under NSF CAREER awards. Sina and Manish presented their works on energy storage sizing and grid restoration.
  • 08/2019: Presented seminar on 'Learning for Monitoring and Control in Power Distribution Grids', University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
  • 08/2019: Presented seminar on 'Natural Gas Network Modeling and Investment Planning', NextEra Analytics, Saint Paul, MN.
  • 07/2019: Attended and presented our work on an MILP formulation for grid topology identification using inverter probing at IEEE PowerTech, Milan, Italy.
  • 07/2019: Our NSF-DMS-AMPS grant proposal Model Reduction for Analysis, Identification, and Optimal Design of Power Networks led by Serkan Gugercin has been awarded. Excited to work with Serkan, Chris, and Mark from the Mathematics Department at VT.
  • 05/2019: Presented tutorial 'Inverter Probing for Learning Power Distribution Grids' at the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Smart Grid Synchronized Measurements and Analytics (SGSMA), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
  • 05/2019: Delivered talk 'System restoration and topology identification in power distribution grids' at the power systems seminar of ECE Dept, University of Texas at Austin.
  • 05/2019: Sid defended his PhD thesis and will be joining Siemens. Congratulations Sid!
  • 05/2019: Sina defended his MSc thesis. Congratulations Sina!
  • 03/2019: Invited talk at the 2019 Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS) on 'Solvers of Natural Gas and Water Flow Problems'.
  • 12/2018: Manish defended his MSc thesis. Congratulations Manish!
  • 10/2018: Delivered talk 'Inverter Probing for Learning Power Distribution Grids' at the power systems seminar of ECE Dept, University of Washington.
  • 03/2018: The NSF-EPCN-CAREER grant proposal Probe-to-Learn Power Distribution Networks has been awarded.