Power and High Voltage engineering Emphasis Group
The Mississippi State University ECE Group has continued to have a strong program in the area of power and high voltage engineering. MSU is in the top 5 funded power programs at land grant institutions within the U.S. The group brings in approximately $2M annually related to research activities. The group has over 30 full time graduate students and approximately 10-15 part-time graduate students. This area is a strong supporter of the distance graduate program offering one or two classes each semester.
The power/high voltage group includes two endowed professorships in power engineering. Expertise of the power engineering faculty includes power systems, power electronics and high voltage engineering. The MSU Power and High Voltage Group participates in the Office of Naval Research's Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium working on developing the next generation power system for naval ships. Other consortium members include University of Texas-Austin, University of South Carolina, Florida State University, MIT, Purdue University and the US Naval Academy. The group also has worked for years for utilities within the Southeastern United States include TVA, Entergy and Southern Company.
The Power/High Voltage group has excellent simulation and hardware facilities. The High Voltage Laboratory is the largest university high voltage laboratory in North America and can do high AC and DC voltage experiments including lightning strokes. Additionally the MSU research laboratories have two racks of the Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) that allow real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing with time steps of 50 microseconds. The power electronic laboratory includes several American Superconductor Power Engineering Building Blocks. The group also has a strong set of simulation packages for shipboard, transmission and distribution power system analysis.
MSU's recent and current projects and collaborations include work with the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, TVA, Entergy, Southern Company, South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and S&C Electric.
The faculty in the group are active in the IEEE Power Engineering Society, including having one IEEE Fellow. One member serves at the Secretary of the IEEE PES. Other members are active in IEEE PES committees, working groups, and standards work.