The Innovators



Chen-Ching Liu, Boeing Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU, is an international leader in smart grid research.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is internationally recognized for pioneering contributions to the development of decision support systems for power system restoration following major outages. Dr. Liu's research interests include cyber-power system vulnerability assessment, wide-area control and protection technologies for the power grid, and engineering and economic issues related to the integration of renewable energy.

He has published more than 100 articles in major power engineering journals and 20 book chapters. He has conducted research extensively for industry and governments, including the power industry in the United States, Europe, and Asia, the National Science Foundation, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Science Foundation Ireland, and European Commission programs.

Directing the New Energy Systems Innovation Center

At WSU, Dr. Liu is founding director of the new WSU Energy Systems Innovation Center. Working collaboratively with the electric power industry, researchers in the interdisciplinary center will conduct research and develop technology innovations for the smart grid and for other critical areas of energy systems. Research at the center will have a direct impact on economic development in the state of Washington and beyond, securing WSU's position as an international leader in smart energy systems.

The WSU Energy Systems Innovation Center has a distinguished, multidisciplinary team of 26 faculty researchers from the core area of power engineering and allied fields of engineering, science, sociology, economics, psychology, and public policy. The synergy brings unique strengths to address critical electric energy issues in a societal context.

Internationally recognized expert and innovator

Dr. Liu was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field of electrical engineering with an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He has received several teaching awards, including the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award. He also played a leadership role in IEEE PES future power engineering workforce activities. Professor Liu is a member of the Board on Global Science and Technology of the National Academies.

Before joining the WSU faculty in 2011, he held faculty positions at Iowa State University and the University of Washington, where he served as associate dean of engineering from 2000 to 2005 and was on the board of the Washington Technology Center. He also was a professor in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland, where he served as deputy principal of the College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in electrical engineering.

A powerful team at WSU
WSU's international leadership in power engineering also is reflected through the expertise of Dr. Liu's colleagues in the Energy Reserch Innovation Systems Center, who include Dr. Anjan Bose, recently appointed senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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