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Dr. Stéphane Mallat delivers 2019 Lytle Lecture 

ECE hosted world-renowned applied mathematician & research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, on Dec. 3.

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Postdoctoral Researcher Shana Moothedath participates in Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars is an academic career workshop for women in EECS, hosted this year by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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ECE Professor Emeritus Akira Ishimaru becomes lifetime fellow of URSI

The International Union of Radio Science (URSI) will honor Ishimaru in Rome, Italy next year.

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Jennifer Mankoff and Eve Riskin lead ECE's co-sponsored UW EXP study

The UW EXP study is a biometric approach to understanding and addressing student wellness.

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ECE alum Arthur Chiao inducted as new Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) laureate

Arthur Chiao, Winbond Electronics Chairman, honored at ceremony in Taiwan.

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Assistant professor Brian Johnson leads newly awarded $4.9M DOE grant to improve solar technologies

Brian Johnson and his team will be using the grant to support their project "A Scalable Control Architecture for 100% PV Penetration with Grid Forming Inverters".

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                    [post_content] => Shana Moothedath, a postdoctoral research scholar at the ECE department's Network Security Lab (NSL) at the University of Washington working with Prof. Radha Poovendran & Prof. Linda Bushnell, was selected to participate in the 2019 Rising Stars workshop conducted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from Oct 30 - Nov 1. Rising Stars is an intensive academic workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Stanford University. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was delighted to host the 2019 workshop, they welcomed over 90 Rising Stars participants, the largest class of participants to date.

Moothedath recently earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where she was supervised by Prof. Prasanna Chaporkar & Prof. Madhu N. Belur. Her current research is at the intersections of security, control, machine learning, game theory and protocols, with research interests including: Network Security Analysis, Structural Analysis of Control Systems, Applications of Systems theory to Complex Networks, Applications of Graph Theory to Systems and Control, Matching/Allocation Problem, Combinatorial Optimization and Educational Assessment.

Moothedath also recently received the "Excellence in Phd Research Award" for the year 2017-2019 from IIT Bombay.
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The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering's 2019 Dean W. Lytle Endowed Lecture Series was held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The Lytle Lecture Series is the department's premier annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications, signal processing, control systems and machine learning. This year we were extremely excited to have the world-renowned applied mathematician and research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, as our guest speaker. Dr. Mallat is known for his fundamental work in wavelet theory, with major impact in machine learning, signal processing, music synthesis, harmonic analysis and image segmentation.

[caption id="attachment_16385" align="alignleft" width="609"] Audience members enjoy Dr. Mallat's lecture in the Paul G. Allen Center Atrium.[/caption]

Professor Mallat gave not one but two amazing lectures at UW ECE on December 3. In the morning, he presented on “Interpretable Deep Networks for Classification, Generation and Physics" for the ECE Colloquium Series, followed later that same evening by his talk, “Mathematical Mysteries of Deep Neural Networks” at the Lytle Lecture. Click here to read the lecture's Abstract.

The Lytle Lecture Series was hosted by ECE Professor Les Atlas and ECE Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Entrepreneurship, Maryam Fazel. The lecture series was made possible by a generous endowment from the Lytle family in honor of the late ECE Professor, Dean W. Lytle.





 

 
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  [caption id="attachment_16351" align="alignright" width="235"] Akira Ishimaru[/caption] Landing a plane in fog is possible thanks to the work of Akira Ishimaru, ECE Professor Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering member and one of the world’s top experts in wave propagation and scattering in random and turbulent media. His work on this topic has influenced advancements in ultrasound imaging, microwave remote sensing, satellite and cellular communications, optical communications, laser surgery, radar tracking and astronomy.
The International Union of Radio Science/Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI), which acknowledges scientific research in the field of Radio Science, has just announced it will induct Professor Ishimaru as a Lifetime Fellow in the new year. URSI awardees are selected through a system of nominations and evaluations, with individual awards being presented at the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, held in Rome, Italy on August  29, 2020.
[caption id="attachment_16349" align="alignleft" width="576"] Professor Ishimaru works in the lab circa the 1970s.[/caption] Ishimaru received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo (1951) and completed the first Ph.D. in the University of Washington Electrical Engineering department in 1958, where he was immediately hired as an instructor. Prior to joining the faculty of UW, he worked with the Electrotechnical Laboratory in Tanashi, Tokyo, and Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Professor Ishimaru went on to have a successful career as a world class instructor and researcher. Over the years,  Ishimaru received numerous awards highlighted by the Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and recipient of the IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal and the URSI John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal. Ishimaru has authored many articles as well as two books in the course of career: Wave Propagation and Scattering in Random Media (1978; reissued in 1997) and Electromagnetic Wave Propagation, Radiation, and Scattering (1991). In addition, Ishimaru was honored with the 2011 Diamond Award for Distinguished Achievement in Academia. The Diamond Award is recognized as the UW College of Engineering’s highest alumni award.
 
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The top five research questions that UW EXP is investigating are: 

  1. How do stressors such as discrimination impact women and minorities?
  2. How do stressors impact behavior?
  3. How can UW help reduce the impact of stress on students?
  4. Can biometric data track changes due to stressors?
  5. What measurable effects does adversity have on student wellness?
The burden of discrimination, financial stress and other adversity is real. UW EXP's findings show how important support is in dealing with these stressors. At the University of Washington, students can find support by joining student groups and accessing resources for health and wellness, academic support, and financial aid. UW EXP is currently analyzing data from 2018 to understand who reports discrimination and how micro-climates in the College of Engineering may correlate with lower stress and depression. Learn more about UW EXP at make4all.org/uwexperience/. Currently, the study is being funded internally by the College of Engineering, including the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. In addition, they have received funding from the National Science Foundation; and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. 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ROC President Tsai Ing-wen attended the 2019 ITRI Laureate Ceremony in Taiwan to extend her congratulations and to bestow badges and certificates to the five laureates, who were selected for their outstanding leadership abilities, each having successfully led various enterprises to become globally competent and bringing great impact to their respective industry's growth. The five laureates include AbGenomics Chairman Patrick Y. Yang, Taiwan Cement CEO Nelson Chang, Winbond Electronics Chairman Arthur Yu-Cheng Chiao, Allis Electric Group President Chen-Tung Yang, and Formosa Plastics Chairman Jason Lin. Arthur Yu-Cheng Chiao obtained a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Mr. Chiao is Chairman and CEO of Winbond Electronics Corp. (1987-present). He was also previously the Chairman of Nuvoton Technology Corp. (2008-2019), Walsin Lihwa Electronic Wire & Cable Corp. (1986-1993), Capella Microsystems, Inc. (2007-2014), and Taiwan Electrical & Electronic Manufacturers Association (2007-2013). Mr. Chiao emphasizes a business philosophy of sustainability, corporate social responsibility and referencing the concept of “Hidden Champions.” As a result, unique core technologies and competencies were embedded in the success of Winbond and Nuvoton Corp. Both companies have earned numerous national awards in Taiwan, including the Industrial Technology Advancement Award, National Invention Award and the National Award of Excellence. Between 2015 and 2017, Winbond also won the Corporate Governance Evaluation Award from the Taiwan Stock Exchange and was listed as a component stock of the TWSE CG 100 Index. In addition, Nuvoton received the Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Report Award (TCSA). [caption id="attachment_16279" align="alignnone" width="1189"] ITRI holds the 2019 ITRI Laureate Ceremony to recognize its newly named laureates.[/caption]     [post_title] => ECE alum Arthur Chiao inducted as new Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) laureate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => arthurchiao [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-21 10:45:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-21 18:45:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16276 [menu_order] => 5 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16193 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2019-11-07 15:23:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-07 23:23:23 [post_content] => Brian Johnson portrait by UW FountainOn November 6, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would provide $128 million in funding for 75 projects intending to advance solar technologies through the Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2019 (SETO FY2019) funding program.  This program will provide $50 million for 15 research projects that aim to improve the ability of grid operators to integrate increasing amounts of solar generation onto the grid in a cost-effective, secure, resilient and reliable manner. ECE assistant professor Brian Johnson will be leading the grant for the University of Washington.

University of Washington

Project Name

A Scalable Control Architecture for 100% PV Penetration with Grid Forming Inverters

Project Summary

This project will develop two kinds of grid-forming controls: fast communication-free controls for inverters for solar-plus-storage systems, and slower controls that use a distributed communication architecture for system-wide energy management. These controls will be immune to communication outages and be compatible with small solar energy systems as well as the bulk power grid.

Partners

Enphase Energy, University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Electric Power Research Institute

Location

Seattle, WA

DOE Award Amount

$4.9 million

Cost Share

$2.1 million
The Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2019 (SETO FY2019) funding program supports projects that will improve the affordability, reliability and performance of solar technologies on the national grid. This program funds projects that advance early-stage systems integration, photovoltaic (PV), and concentrating solar-thermal power technologies and reduce the non-hardware costs associated with installing solar energy systems.

Approach

Systems integration projects will better enable grid operators to add increasing amounts of solar generation onto the grid in a cost-effective, secure, resilient, and reliable manner. The three subtopics will focus on adaptive distribution protection, grid services from behind-the-meter solar and other distributed energy resources, and advanced PV controls and cybersecurity.

Objectives

Projects in this funding program will address the technical challenges facing system operators to integrate higher penetration of solar generation. These projects will result in technologies that improve the protection distribution power system, enhance the visibility and control of PV inverters and plants, and realize the benefits of distributed PV to help supplement grid services while improving the security of those devices from cyberattacks.   Learn more about the SETO FY2019 funding program and the solar office’s other systems integration awards. [post_title] => Assistant professor Brian Johnson leads newly awarded $4.9M DOE grant to improve solar technologies [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => johnsondoe [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-13 13:33:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-13 21:33:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16193 [menu_order] => 6 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [_numposts:protected] => 6 [_rendered:protected] => 1 [_classes:protected] => Array ( [0] => view-block [1] => block--spotlight-robust-news ) [_finalHTML:protected] =>
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Rising Stars is an intensive academic workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Stanford University. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was delighted to host the 2019 workshop, they welcomed over 90 Rising Stars participants, the largest class of participants to date. Moothedath recently earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where she was supervised by Prof. Prasanna Chaporkar & Prof. Madhu N. Belur. Her current research is at the intersections of security, control, machine learning, game theory and protocols, with research interests including: Network Security Analysis, Structural Analysis of Control Systems, Applications of Systems theory to Complex Networks, Applications of Graph Theory to Systems and Control, Matching/Allocation Problem, Combinatorial Optimization and Educational Assessment. Moothedath also recently received the "Excellence in Phd Research Award" for the year 2017-2019 from IIT Bombay. 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The Lytle Lecture Series is the department's premier annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications, signal processing, control systems and machine learning. This year we were extremely excited to have the world-renowned applied mathematician and research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, as our guest speaker. Dr. Mallat is known for his fundamental work in wavelet theory, with major impact in machine learning, signal processing, music synthesis, harmonic analysis and image segmentation. [caption id="attachment_16385" align="alignleft" width="609"] Audience members enjoy Dr. Mallat's lecture in the Paul G. Allen Center Atrium.[/caption] Professor Mallat gave not one but two amazing lectures at UW ECE on December 3. In the morning, he presented on “Interpretable Deep Networks for Classification, Generation and Physics" for the ECE Colloquium Series, followed later that same evening by his talk, “Mathematical Mysteries of Deep Neural Networks” at the Lytle Lecture. Click here to read the lecture's Abstract. The Lytle Lecture Series was hosted by ECE Professor Les Atlas and ECE Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Entrepreneurship, Maryam Fazel. The lecture series was made possible by a generous endowment from the Lytle family in honor of the late ECE Professor, Dean W. 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  [caption id="attachment_16351" align="alignright" width="235"] Akira Ishimaru[/caption] Landing a plane in fog is possible thanks to the work of Akira Ishimaru, ECE Professor Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering member and one of the world’s top experts in wave propagation and scattering in random and turbulent media. His work on this topic has influenced advancements in ultrasound imaging, microwave remote sensing, satellite and cellular communications, optical communications, laser surgery, radar tracking and astronomy.
The International Union of Radio Science/Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI), which acknowledges scientific research in the field of Radio Science, has just announced it will induct Professor Ishimaru as a Lifetime Fellow in the new year. URSI awardees are selected through a system of nominations and evaluations, with individual awards being presented at the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, held in Rome, Italy on August  29, 2020.
[caption id="attachment_16349" align="alignleft" width="576"] Professor Ishimaru works in the lab circa the 1970s.[/caption] Ishimaru received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo (1951) and completed the first Ph.D. in the University of Washington Electrical Engineering department in 1958, where he was immediately hired as an instructor. Prior to joining the faculty of UW, he worked with the Electrotechnical Laboratory in Tanashi, Tokyo, and Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Professor Ishimaru went on to have a successful career as a world class instructor and researcher. Over the years,  Ishimaru received numerous awards highlighted by the Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and recipient of the IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal and the URSI John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal. Ishimaru has authored many articles as well as two books in the course of career: Wave Propagation and Scattering in Random Media (1978; reissued in 1997) and Electromagnetic Wave Propagation, Radiation, and Scattering (1991). In addition, Ishimaru was honored with the 2011 Diamond Award for Distinguished Achievement in Academia. The Diamond Award is recognized as the UW College of Engineering’s highest alumni award.
 
[post_title] => ECE Professor Emeritus Akira Ishimaru becomes lifetime fellow of URSI [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ishimaru-ursi [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-10 10:12:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-10 18:12:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16348 [menu_order] => 3 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16303 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2019-12-05 11:44:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-05 19:44:43 [post_content] => UW EXP is a student health and wellness study which uses surveys and biometrics (phone and Fitbit data) to study how personal and academic stressors affect student wellness. It is a sister study to Life@CMU and the StudentLife study at Dartmouth. This annual study adds to the growing field of biometric research, and UW EXP's goal is to guide University of Washington students and administration in addressing student stress and mental health to improve the Husky Experience. Students can experience negative stress from major life events, discrimination and difficult academic challenges, especially in the capacity-constrained environment of the College of Engineering. This study is unique and valuable because it is one of the first to combine biometric data with self-reported data. UW EXP's hope is that by combining the two, they can begin to understand the relationship between behavior, mental health and student experiences.

The top five research questions that UW EXP is investigating are: 

  1. How do stressors such as discrimination impact women and minorities?
  2. How do stressors impact behavior?
  3. How can UW help reduce the impact of stress on students?
  4. Can biometric data track changes due to stressors?
  5. What measurable effects does adversity have on student wellness?
The burden of discrimination, financial stress and other adversity is real. UW EXP's findings show how important support is in dealing with these stressors. At the University of Washington, students can find support by joining student groups and accessing resources for health and wellness, academic support, and financial aid. UW EXP is currently analyzing data from 2018 to understand who reports discrimination and how micro-climates in the College of Engineering may correlate with lower stress and depression. Learn more about UW EXP at make4all.org/uwexperience/. Currently, the study is being funded internally by the College of Engineering, including the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. In addition, they have received funding from the National Science Foundation; and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. [post_title] => Jennifer Mankoff and Eve Riskin lead ECE's co-sponsored UW EXP study [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => uwexp-study [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-05 12:24:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-05 20:24:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16303 [menu_order] => 4 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16276 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2019-11-21 10:36:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-21 18:36:15 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_16278" align="alignleft" width="422"] Arthur Chiao, Winbond Electronics Chairman[/caption] On October 15th, ECE alum and Winbond Electronics Chairman Arthur Yu-Cheng Chiao was inducted as one of five new Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) laureates. ROC President Tsai Ing-wen attended the 2019 ITRI Laureate Ceremony in Taiwan to extend her congratulations and to bestow badges and certificates to the five laureates, who were selected for their outstanding leadership abilities, each having successfully led various enterprises to become globally competent and bringing great impact to their respective industry's growth. The five laureates include AbGenomics Chairman Patrick Y. Yang, Taiwan Cement CEO Nelson Chang, Winbond Electronics Chairman Arthur Yu-Cheng Chiao, Allis Electric Group President Chen-Tung Yang, and Formosa Plastics Chairman Jason Lin. Arthur Yu-Cheng Chiao obtained a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Mr. Chiao is Chairman and CEO of Winbond Electronics Corp. (1987-present). He was also previously the Chairman of Nuvoton Technology Corp. (2008-2019), Walsin Lihwa Electronic Wire & Cable Corp. (1986-1993), Capella Microsystems, Inc. (2007-2014), and Taiwan Electrical & Electronic Manufacturers Association (2007-2013). Mr. Chiao emphasizes a business philosophy of sustainability, corporate social responsibility and referencing the concept of “Hidden Champions.” As a result, unique core technologies and competencies were embedded in the success of Winbond and Nuvoton Corp. Both companies have earned numerous national awards in Taiwan, including the Industrial Technology Advancement Award, National Invention Award and the National Award of Excellence. Between 2015 and 2017, Winbond also won the Corporate Governance Evaluation Award from the Taiwan Stock Exchange and was listed as a component stock of the TWSE CG 100 Index. In addition, Nuvoton received the Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Report Award (TCSA). [caption id="attachment_16279" align="alignnone" width="1189"] ITRI holds the 2019 ITRI Laureate Ceremony to recognize its newly named laureates.[/caption]     [post_title] => ECE alum Arthur Chiao inducted as new Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) laureate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => arthurchiao [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-21 10:45:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-21 18:45:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16276 [menu_order] => 5 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16193 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2019-11-07 15:23:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-07 23:23:23 [post_content] => Brian Johnson portrait by UW FountainOn November 6, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would provide $128 million in funding for 75 projects intending to advance solar technologies through the Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2019 (SETO FY2019) funding program.  This program will provide $50 million for 15 research projects that aim to improve the ability of grid operators to integrate increasing amounts of solar generation onto the grid in a cost-effective, secure, resilient and reliable manner. ECE assistant professor Brian Johnson will be leading the grant for the University of Washington.

University of Washington

Project Name

A Scalable Control Architecture for 100% PV Penetration with Grid Forming Inverters

Project Summary

This project will develop two kinds of grid-forming controls: fast communication-free controls for inverters for solar-plus-storage systems, and slower controls that use a distributed communication architecture for system-wide energy management. These controls will be immune to communication outages and be compatible with small solar energy systems as well as the bulk power grid.

Partners

Enphase Energy, University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Electric Power Research Institute

Location

Seattle, WA

DOE Award Amount

$4.9 million

Cost Share

$2.1 million
The Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2019 (SETO FY2019) funding program supports projects that will improve the affordability, reliability and performance of solar technologies on the national grid. This program funds projects that advance early-stage systems integration, photovoltaic (PV), and concentrating solar-thermal power technologies and reduce the non-hardware costs associated with installing solar energy systems.

Approach

Systems integration projects will better enable grid operators to add increasing amounts of solar generation onto the grid in a cost-effective, secure, resilient, and reliable manner. The three subtopics will focus on adaptive distribution protection, grid services from behind-the-meter solar and other distributed energy resources, and advanced PV controls and cybersecurity.

Objectives

Projects in this funding program will address the technical challenges facing system operators to integrate higher penetration of solar generation. These projects will result in technologies that improve the protection distribution power system, enhance the visibility and control of PV inverters and plants, and realize the benefits of distributed PV to help supplement grid services while improving the security of those devices from cyberattacks.   Learn more about the SETO FY2019 funding program and the solar office’s other systems integration awards. [post_title] => Assistant professor Brian Johnson leads newly awarded $4.9M DOE grant to improve solar technologies [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => johnsondoe [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-13 13:33:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-13 21:33:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16193 [menu_order] => 6 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 6 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16440 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2019-12-11 16:28:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-12 00:28:46 [post_content] => Shana Moothedath, a postdoctoral research scholar at the ECE department's Network Security Lab (NSL) at the University of Washington working with Prof. Radha Poovendran & Prof. Linda Bushnell, was selected to participate in the 2019 Rising Stars workshop conducted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from Oct 30 - Nov 1. Rising Stars is an intensive academic workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Stanford University. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was delighted to host the 2019 workshop, they welcomed over 90 Rising Stars participants, the largest class of participants to date. Moothedath recently earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where she was supervised by Prof. Prasanna Chaporkar & Prof. Madhu N. Belur. Her current research is at the intersections of security, control, machine learning, game theory and protocols, with research interests including: Network Security Analysis, Structural Analysis of Control Systems, Applications of Systems theory to Complex Networks, Applications of Graph Theory to Systems and Control, Matching/Allocation Problem, Combinatorial Optimization and Educational Assessment. Moothedath also recently received the "Excellence in Phd Research Award" for the year 2017-2019 from IIT Bombay. [post_title] => Postdoctoral Researcher Shana Moothedath participates in Rising Stars 2019 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => moothedath-rs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-11 16:31:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-12 00:31:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16440 [menu_order] => 1 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 679 [max_num_pages] => 114 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => 1 [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => c64914061c8ecf9b16abe746203f6ad7 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) )
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