Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Lei Wu has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of electrical & computer engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.
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", "Advanced Topics in Emerging Power Systems", and “Optimization Techniques in Engineering”.
His research interests include power systems operation and planning, high penetration renewable energy applications, demand response, energy economics, and community resilience microgrid.
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 received the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Power and Energy Society Student Prize Paper Award as an advisor in 2014 and is the receipt of 2015 John Graham Faculty Award at Clarkson.
Wu has received more than $5 million Research and Development funding from federal and state agents and industry, in which his share as principal investigator or co-principal investigator is over $2.5 million. He has co-authored more than 90 articles in refereed journals, is an editor of several internationally recognized journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Engineering, and CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, 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. He also worked as summer visiting faculty member at NYISO in 2012.