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OSU professor Cui wins prestigious NSF CAREER award

OSU professor Cui wins prestigious NSF CAREER award

Thursday, January 25, 2024

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Dr. Hantao Cui, Oklahoma State University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recently granted the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

This five-year grant is awarded to early career faculty who are academic role models in research and education. It's often an indication of faculty who will go on to be leaders in their field.

Cui’s research proposal aims to investigate power system dynamics with a large integration of inverter-based resources and is set to be awarded $500,000.

“Receiving the NSF CAREER Award is a significant milestone in my career! It not only recognizes the importance of my research, but also provides the resources to further advance our understanding of power system dynamics,” Cui said. “I am deeply honored and excited to embark on this journey, and I look forward to the outcomes.”

Cui’s research has the potential to revolutionize power grid modeling by unifying component models, including those for solar and wind generators. His research can enable advanced mathematical and computational methods for dealing with the ever-growing complexity of power systems with high renewables. 

Cui said he hopes his research will continue to bring instrumental contributions to OSU and College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology students.

“I am also excited about its broader impacts, including enhancing open-source research and education infrastructures, cultivating public interest and knowledge in renewable energy, and engaging underrepresented students with hands-on experiences in renewable energy technologies,” he said.

OSU professor Cui wins prestigious NSF CAREER award
Dr. Cui instructs his students.

The NSF CAREER award focuses on integrating research and education as well as establishing a creative, reciprocal relationship between the two. Cui is a highly effective educator as he has received near-perfect scores on course survey ratings from his students. Cui is also the author of the power system modeling and analysis software, ANDES, as well as chief technologist of the CURENT Large-Scale Testbed, a winner of the 2020 R&D 100 Awards.      

“My vision as an educator is to empower the power engineering workforce with critical thinking, analytical skills and programming proficiency, enabling them to effectively address multidisciplinary challenges in the clean energy transition,” Cui said. “I have a deep passion for teaching and outreach and always find fulfillment in witnessing student success.”

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