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A proposal submitted by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic was selected for seed grant funding from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) for two years.

Kezunovic, the Eugene E. Webb Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the award for his proposal, "Energy Cyberphysical Systems: Experimental Open Source Ecosystem for Synchrophasor Research."

His Co-PIs on this project are Drs. Chanan Singh (ECE), P.R. Kumar (ECE), Erick Moreno-Centeno (ISE), Alex Sprintson (ECE), Radu Stoleru (CSE) and Le Xie (ECE).

The overall objective of the project is offering a realistic research infrastructure named the Experimental Open Source Ecosystem (EXPOSE) for Synchrophasor Research for implementation and evaluation of new synchrophasor-based applications.

The preliminary results are expected to include: creating an initial pool of test data; developing algorithms for precise synchrophasor estimation to be compared with the existing Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) calculations; and evaluating performance of PMUs and quality of synchrophasor data.

Further funding will be attracted by targeting the National Science Foundation, industry (IBM, NI, Alstom), government labs (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the electrical and computer engineering department at Texas A&M.

This project has been funded through the "Interdisciplinary Seed Grants for Strategic Initiatives" announced by Texas A&M Engineering in Partnership with The Texas A&M University Division of Research.

Kezunovic, who also is the director of the TEES Smart Grid Center, currently serves as the site director of the Power Engineering Research Center (PSerc), and before joining Texas A&M in 1986 he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Among his many honors, Kezunovic has been named an IEEE Fellow and a CIGRE Fellow. He has published more than 450 papers in journals and conference proceedings and was invited to give more than 100 lectures worldwide and is listed as a distinguished speaker of the IEEE PES. While at Texas A&M he has been the principal investigator on more than 100 research projects and supervised more than 40 graduate students.