Integrated Networks for Electricity

Every year, the demand for energy increases around the world, along with concerns about cost, environmental impact and security. The development of “smart grids” that integrate a sophisticated information infrastructure with the power infrastructure will help meet this demand.

This cluster is focused on controlling and securing the three interrelated smart-grid flows—electricity, information and money. A multidisciplinary team of engineers, mathematicians and economists, it builds on Lehigh’s existing strengths in networking, communications, control and system operations.

The Integrated Networks for Electricity cluster was awarded four positions, including one faculty member in economic modeling and another in the modeling of complex systems.

Faculty Lead: Rick Blum, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Faculty Bios

Appointed August, 2012:
Alberto J. Lamadrid
Assistant Professor, Economics / INE Cluster

Alberto Lamadrid earned his doctorate in applied economics and management from Cornell University, a master's degree in economics from New York University, and his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. He is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Economics Department at the College of Business and Economics, and in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University. His research interests are in electricity markets, power systems, energy economics, and resource economics. Before coming to Lehigh, he was a research assistant and PhD student at Cornell University, and a vice president of portfolio management for Citibank International in London UK.  Lamadrid has published in journals including the Energy Journal, Energy Economics and the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, and his research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, The Department of Energy, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance and EPRI amongst others. 

Appointed August, 2013:
Boris Defourny
Assistant Professor, Industrial Systems Engineering / INE Cluster

Boris Defourny earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Liege, in Belgium. He also studied piano at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liege, and Japanese at the Centre d’Etudes Japonaises de l’Universite de Liege. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Defourny served as associate professional specialist with the Princeton Laboratory for Energy Analysis (PENSA) in the Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department at Princeton University.  His research interests include stochastic optimization, robust optimization, machine learning, modeling and approximation, energy systems analysis, electricity markets, and operations planning. He has presented and published his works at international conferences as well as in the U.S.

Appointed August, 2014:
Wenxin Liu
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wenxin Liu earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and his master’s degree in Control Theory and Applications and a bachelor’s in Industrial Automation from National Research Center of Automation at Northeastern University in China.  Before coming to Lehigh, Liu served as assistant professor at New Mexico State University.  He has published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals/transactions and has filed two U.S. patents.  Dr. Liu has been awarded $1.2 million in external research grants as the sole investigator for all projects.  He was named the Conoco Phillips Faculty Fellow in 2011, received the Dean’s Recognition Award in 2012, and received the Early Career Award in 2013 at NMSU.

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