NM EPSCoR SMART Grid Center Webinar Series

This series is for all project team members and will provide a forum to present research results, increase interdisciplinary and cross-cutting collaborations, and learn more about outside projects related to microgrids, commercialization, and other topics of interest to our project.

Webinar Series Facts

  • Webinars will occur monthly from Noon–1PM MT on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • Webinars can be accessed via Zoom.
  • Webinars will be recorded and posted on this website afterward.

Please contact us to suggest topics or speakers.



Upcoming Webinars

Dr. Chinonye Nnakwe Whitley, NSF EPSCoR

Coming soon...

EPSCoR Research Fellowships: NSF & NASA Opportunities for Early Career Faculty in NM

Date/Time: Monday, January 24, 2022 / 1:00PM - 2:00PM MST

Program Officer Dr. Chinonye Nnakwe Whitley

This webinar will cover the most recent solicitation for the research infrastructure improvement Track-4 EPSCoR Research Fellows mechanism.

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Past Webinars

Sihua Shao, NMT, NM SMART Grid Center Webinar

Bio: Sihua Shao received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from South China University of Technology in 2011, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2018. He obtained the Hashimoto Prize for best doctoral dissertation. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He is also a faculty hire with the New Mexico SMART Grid Center. His research areas involve wireless communication and networking with primary interest in visible light communication and positioning. His current research efforts focus on retro-reflective visible light communication, reinforcement and deep learning in intelligent reflecting surface aided wireless network, and ultra-low-power backscatter communication.

Visible Light Communication and Applications in Smart Grids

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dr. Sihua Shao, Assistant Professor, NMT, Electrical Engineering

Abstract: To support the massive connectivity and diverse energy management of different tier electricity loads, such as smart appliances, IoT sensors, and electric vehicles, etc, relying solely on radio frequency (RF) spectrum may be strained to fulfill the requirements due to the limited bandwidth, the… Read More


Dr. Fengyu Wang, NMSU

Dr. Wang received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Wang has significant industrial experience and was previously employed at Midcontinent Independent System Operator as a Senior Market R&D Engineer. Much of his work has led to scientific publications and patents, most of which have been adopted in practice. He specializes in power system operation, electricity market design, electric energy policy, renewable energy integration, and energy storage.

Leveraging energy storage resources to improve combined cycle power plant operational efficiency

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dr. Fengyu Wang, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU

The combined cycle power plants (CCPP) are gaining tractions in recent years due to lower natural gas prices and higher efficiency.  CCPPs can also provide flexibility to relieve variability and uncertainties introduced by rapidly growing intermittent resources. Due to complex structure, CCPPs have nonconvex and nonlinear… Read More

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Dustin Allen, NM EPSCoR Webinar

Dustin Allen received his M.S. in Information Science and Assurance in 2015 from Anderson School of Management and has previously been certified in Dev-Ops technologies by Redhat and Mirantis. He has been a part of the NM EPSCoR team since 2011 where he currently is a web-developer that also manages and maintains the business computing operations for the State Office.

Python Fundamentals with Data Analysis and Visualization

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dustin Allen, NM EPSCoR

Python is a high-level programming language that is leveraged in a wide range of disciplines and fields. This webinar training introduces Python basics and will also familiarize those in attendance with its powerful capabilities for data analysis and visualization. It will be taught using live coding and the audience is… Read More

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Dr. Leo Yazhou Jiang

Dr. Leo Yazhou Jiang is an Assistant Professor in the ECE Department at Clarkson University. Prior to joining Clarkson in 2020, he was a Power System Engineer at GE Global Research Center located at Niskayuna, NY from 2016 to 2020. At GE, Dr. Jiang led GE Team to investigate long-duration storage for renewable grid integration, and participated in design of GE products including distributed energy resource management system (DERMS), flexible large power transformer, and converter based distributed generation. Due to his contribution to differentiating GE products, Dr. Jiang was awarded the 2018 GE Dushman Technology Excellence Award. Dr. Jiang earned his Ph.D. degree from Washington State University (WSU) in 2016. His research interests include renewable integration and energy digitalization.

100% Carbon-Free Energy System: Can We Still Keep the Lights On?

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dr. Leo Yazhou Jiang, Assistant Professor in the ECE Department at Clarkson University

The recent blackouts in Texas and California have revealed certain vulnerabilities within U.S. energy infrastructure which are not well understood. In particular: (1) a massive winter storm with frigid temperatures caused 4.5 million Texas homes and businesses to lose power for up to 4 days in February 2021; and (2) an… Read More

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George "Rusty" Nail, NMSU, NM SMART Grid Center Webinar

George "Rusty" Nail received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 2019. He is currently pursuing his M.S. degree in the area of Power Systems with a Certificate in Public Utility Regulation and Economics at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. His research interests are electric energy systems, including renewable energy integration, and electric vehicles.





Opal RT for beginners

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: George "Rusty" Nail, Graduate Research Assistant at NMSU

Things we’ll cover in this webinar:

  • How to use MATLAB Simulink Simscape Blocks to build a 2-Node system
  • Building more complex electrical systesms in MATLAB Simulink
  • Debugging MATLAB Simulink and common compilation Issues
  • An overview of OPAL-RT and RT-LAB as it pertains to Simulink… Read More

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Dr. Hamed Nademi, Assistant Professor, NMSU, NM SMART Grid Center Webinar

Dr. Hamed Nademi earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics in 2014. In the years since, he has gained experience in the private sector as a Senior Research Scientist at ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB), and more recently in the academic sector as a Research Scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he led industry-sponsored projects focusing on renewable energy resources, autonomous digital power grids, and transportation electrification. Dr. Nademi’s research and teaching interests include power electronics applications in microgrids, electric vehicle charging stations, motor drives, and advanced control methods.

Control and Interoperability Challenges in New Energy and eMobility Systems

Date/Time: Thursday, April 29, 2021 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dr. Hamed Nademi, Assistant Professor, NMSU Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The role of distributed real-time control in the future energy and transportation systems is imperative considering large integration of power electronics devices through rapid growth in distributed energy resources (DERs). The requirement for microgrids and electrified transport is being driven for an immediate need for… Read More

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Claus Danielson - Exploiting Symmetry in Large-Scale Optimization and Control Webinar

Claus Danielson joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor in August 2020. He received his Doctorate in 2014 from the Model Predictive Control Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Masters and Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Washington, respectively. For the past six years, he has been a Principal Research Scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, MA. His research interests are in motion planning and constrained control. His specialty is developing methods for exploiting structure in large-scale or complex planning, control, and optimization problems. He has applied his research to a variety of fields include autonomous vehicles, robotics, spacecraft guidance and control, heating ventilation and air conditioning, energy storage networks, adaptive optics, atomic force microscopy, and cancer treatment.

Exploiting Symmetry in Large-Scale Optimization and Control

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dr. Claus Danielson, Assistant Professor, UNM Department of Mechanical Engineering

This talk will present theoretical and algorithmic results on exploiting symmetry to reduce the computational complexity large-scale control and optimization problems. First, we will show how symmetry can be used to reduce the memory complexity of explicit solutions of optimization problems. Second, we will show how symmetry… Read More

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Github Training Webinar

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 / 12:00PM - 1:30PM MST

Presenters: Karl Benedict, University of New Mexico, Jonathan Wheeler, University of New Mexico

An increasing number of researchers and research teams are using distributed version control systems like Git to enable efficient collaboration around and sharing of analytic code, software tools, and documentation. Whether you are developing analysis code, developing a manuscript in LaTeX, building a web interface for your… Read More

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OPAL-RT Bootcamp

Date/Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MST

Presenters: Olga Lavrova, New Mexico State University, Hamed Nademi, New Mexico State University, Fengyu Wang, New Mexico State University

An increasing number of researchers and research teams are using a distributed version of OPAL-RT Simulator. This training will provide an introduction to MATLAB, Simulink toolbox, and Real-time simulation using it. One week prior to the training students will receive a list of required pre-coursework which instructors will… Read More

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Resources in New Mexico

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenters: Robert G. DelCampo, Ph.D., Executive Director, Innovation Academy and Rutledge Professor of Management, Anderson School of Management, Kathryn Renner Hansen, Director, Arrowhead Center

In this webinar, NM EPSCoR will announce the launch of its Certificate Training in Entrepreneurship in partnership with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Rainforest Innovations and Innovation Academy. Additionally, representatives from UNM Rainforest Innovations and New Mexico State University (NMSU) Arrowhead Center will… Read More

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