Professor Kwang Y. Lee

Kwang Y. Lee


Professor Kwang Y. Lee, Director of Power Systems Control Laboratory, has been an educator and researcher in power systems and control systems, especially in intelligent control systems. He has authored and co-authored over 170 papers and 10 book articles in the area. His major academic contributions in the past three years are summarized below.

Dr. Lee's interest has been in the area of power systems control. In power systems research, he has contributed methodologies for optimal long-term generation and transmission expansion planning, optimal power system operation, and power plant control. He has developed the Power System Control Laboratory (PSCL) and Intelligent Distributed Controls Research Laboratory (IDCRL) which are equipped with two Hampden Universal Lab Machines, five workstations and personal computers, and one Bailey Network 90 Control System. The Bailey Control and an Engineering Workstation was obtained through the National Science Foundation (NSF) research equipment grant (ECS-8905917) and the Department of Energy research grant (DE-FG-89ER12889) for interdisplinary research projects on fossil and nuclear power plant controls, and upgraded with additional workstations and PCs through the NSF Combined Research and Curriculum Development Grant (EID-9212132), the joint NSF/EPRI Intelligent Control Initiative Grant (ECS-9216504/RP8030-04), and the Allegheny Power System Research Grant on Optimal Reactive Power Planning.

Dr. Lee's strength has been in the blending of modern control theory into power systems study. His active participation in teaching and research in control systems has helped him in developing advanced technologies for power systems and power plant control. Besides modern control theory, the latest developments in artificial intelligence, robust control, and nonlinear mathematics are important tools for him in solving power systems problems.

Dr. Lee's goals are to revitalize the power engineering program at Penn State, to increase the level of participation of the power industry in power engineering education and research, and to promote the national and international recognition of the Penn State power program. Toward these goals, an additional faculty has been hired, visits have been made to power industries, and Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement proposals have been submitted to NSF. Awards have been made for the NSF Combined Research-Curriculum Development for "Power Plant Intelligent Distributed Control" (EID-9212132), and for the joint NSF/EPRI project on "Experimental Development of Power Reactor Intelligent Control"(ECS-9216504/RP8030-04).

To promote international recognition, Dr. Lee coordinated the U.S.A.-Korea Joint Seminar on Expert Systems for Electric Power Systems with the support of NSF and the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF). He has completed an NSF/KOSEF cooperative research program on power system planning with Seoul National University (SNU). Recently, he was awarded an NSF grant to visit SNU in order to initiate a cooperative research program on a knowledge-based system for power systems control, and an award was made for "U.S.-Korea Cooperative Research: Intelligent Distributed Control for Power Plants and Power Systems" (INT-9223030). He was also awarded an NSF grant (ECS-9424319) to coordinate U.S. participants to the International Conference on Power System Technology (ICPST'94) held in Beijing, China, during October 17-21, 1994. He was selected as the Technical Program Committee Chairman for the 1997 International Conference on Intelligent Systems Applications to Power Systems, to be held in Seoul, Korea during July 6-10, 1997. Finally, to promote the level of participation of power industry, an effort has been made for Penn State to join the NSF Center for Advanced Control of Energy and Power Systems (ACEPS) where utilities and power-related industries in Pennsylvania and neighboring states are invited to join as members to make contributions in power engineering education and research.

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