Arun Phadke: WAMS Researcher

Arun Phadke is a pioneer in the field of wide-area measurement systems. He has been instrumental in developing  the new technology of synchrophasors and in the application of wide-area measurements to smart grid control and monitoring.

Phadke will be instructing in a short course at the University of Wisconsin, Madison that covers just exactly what he specializes in: Smart Grid Applications for Wide-Area Measurements. The course, to take place June 10-14, will illustrate how the reliability of today’s large interconnected power systems can be enhanced using wide-area measurement technology in the smart grid environment. This practical course will help the student:

  • Envision and implement improved monitoring, protection, and control of power systems and equipment
  • Provide real-time monitoring of dynamic phenomena
  • Understand the communication infrastructure for WAMS and IEC 61850
  • Improve decision-making for adaptive relaying and advanced control concepts
  • Respond faster and more effectively to system disturbances
  • Recreate the precise sequence of events following a major system disturbance

This course focuses primarily on the protection and operation of the power system itself as opposed to the individual components of the system. The student should have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of power system operation, protective relaying, short circuit calculations, and terminology.

“Our work is at the leading edge of computer applications for improving the monitoring, protection, and control of large power grids,” said Phadke, who is Distinguished University Research Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Phadke entered his chosen career field almost 60 years ago and does not pass up any opportunity to share the “fascinating work that is going on in the power industry” with students. Through the University of Wisconsin-Madison he has taught courses in France, Malaysia, Sweden, Puerto Rico, and other venues.

Phadke is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering; but also enjoys several hobbies in his spare time, including painting.

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