Sukumar Kamalasadan is a Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of electric power engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and the Director of power energy and intelligent systems lab (PEISL) within the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNCC. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, OH in 2004. His research interests include data-driven approaches to power grid modernization, smart grid, microgrid, power system operation and optimization, power system dynamics, stability and control and renewable-energy-based distributed generation. Prof. Kamalasadan’s research for the last 15 years has resulted in tools and methods that have a high-level impact in electric utility modernization with a fleet-wide deployment of his tools that enabled modern grid management and control integrating renewable energy and energy storage. His research work has secured more than $11M with his direct supervision from the US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Siemens Research, Duke Energy Corporation, Schweitzer Engineering Lab, and several other industries. He is the chief architect of Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory at UNCC, a $5M facility.
Prof. Kamalasadan is an Associate Editor and paper review chair of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technologies, and Editor of Elsevier Electrical Engineering Journal. He is a recipient of several awards, including the National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award in 2008, best paper awards from IEEE in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020, outstanding teaching awards in 2004, and 2016, and Duke Energy Professorship in 2019. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Prof. Kamalasadan is the past chair of the IEEE Lifelong Learning Subcommittee (LLLSC), and Inaugural Chair of Selection and Quality Control Subcommittee which selects all the webinars and tutorials of IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). He is a member of PES University Chairs, a group that designs and monitors IEEE PES University. He is also a member of IEEE PES oscillation location taskforce committee, co-chair for subtask under the oscillation location task force, a member of dynamic equivalent systems taskforce, a past member of intelligent systems subcommittee, Vice-chair of IEEE IAS Industrial Automation and Control Committee, Vice-Chair of IEEE PES Power and Energy Education Committee, and past chair for IEEE PES Charlotte section. He has organized several seminars and conferences including, North Carolina Smart Grid Forum in 2012, NC Energy Summit in 2014, North American Power Symposium in 2015 and has delivered more than 20 lectures/panels and keynotes in more than 10 countries. He has graduated or advising more than 20 M.S. and 30 Ph.D., level research students. He is the author of more than 200 archival type technical publications including a book (monograph type) and 2 patents.