Power system dynamics; stochastic modeling; power electronic switching systems; optically controlled high power switches
Dr. Nwankpa main research interests are in the areas of power systems and power electronics. Specifically, he is interested in the application of the theory of stochastic systems. Additional projects in power systems include large-scale power system computation by "emulation," power system restoration, voltage stability assessment, power system load modeling, shipboard power system analysis and renewable power generation systems such as wind and solar generation. In power electronics, projects include application of optically controlled high power switches in distribution systems (termed as Custom Power), modeling of basic power electronic circuitry and reconfigurable shipboard power system converter.
Dr. Nwankpa was a Recipient of a 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award for work in electrical and computer engineering. Along with the award, he was given a five-year research grant for studies on deregulation of power system operation and control as well as development of a new optically controlled high power switch and distribution system.
Dr. Nwankpa was the recipient of a 1991 National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Initiation Award. The research grant from the award fostered studies in the search for "An On-Line Dynamic Security Index for Power System Contingency Selection."