821 McMillan Rd., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

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Advanced Management for Smart Distribution Systems



Many systems today are seeking to take advantage of advances in controls, networking, and improved computational capabilities of modern processors. This presentation will illustrate work being performed in this field by the Energy Conversion and Integration (ECI), recently relocated to Clemson University. The discussion will provide a high-level overview of recent research from ECI in advanced management and control of smart distribution systems, with an emphasis on maritime systems as a case example.



Christopher S. Edrington received his BS in Engineering from Arkansas State University in 1999 and his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2001 and 2004, respectively, where he was both a DoE GAANN Fellow for his MS focusing on control systems and NSF IGERT Fellow for his PhD focusing on variable speed drive systems. He was previously a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and was the lead for the Energy Conversion and Integration thrust for the Florida State University-Center for Advanced Power Systems. His research interests include modeling, simulation, and control of electromechanical drive systems; applied power electronics; distributed control; integration of renewable energy, storage, and pulse power loads. Dr. Edrington has published over 160 papers (including 2 IEEE Prize Awards), has graduated 23 MS students and 16 PhD students (with 5 in process) and has 6 patents (in real-time stability and complexity metrics) with an additional 1 patent pending (for the design of a linear actuator for automotive applications).

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