ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Center for Power and Energy

Center for Power and Energy

Power engineering research involves delivering electricity and converting it for use at its final destinations. Power systems in many industrialized countries rely on decades-old equipment, creating unique challenges in blending state-of-the-art technology with working equipment that can be half a century old.

At Virginia Tech, researchers work to design, improve, and protect the world's power grids and equipment; understand and design distributed and alternative power systems; store electricity for later use; and develop equipment that increases function with less energy.

Donation from Dominion Power

Donation of equipment from Dominion Power

Dominion Power has donated $400,000 in smart grid equipment to the ECE department. Read about their donation in the 2009 ECE Annual Report.

News & Events

ECE's Thorp and Phadke looking at computer screensThorp, Phadke lead nation's efforts to protect power grid

Thorp and Arun Phadke are strongly involved in projects that amount to more than 50 percent of the available US Department of Energy stimulus awards to modernize the electric grid and to improve the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure.

Photo of Lamine MiliMili awarded $2 million grant for sustainable power, communications infrastructure research

Lamine Mili has been awarded a $2 million NSF grant to investigate the Development of Complex Systems Theories and Methods for Resilient and Sustainable Electric Power and Communications Infrastructures.