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Wei Sun
Reveals new technologies for resilient power systems and self-healing smart grids

Wei Sun Assistant Professor

Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office: Harris Engineering Ctr, Room 306

He is Also:

Director of Siemens Digital Grid Lab

"I hope our research can equip and enable power systems to be resilient against events like natural disasters and cyber attacks."


Sun and his team focus on power systems as well as the detection, protection, and restoration of smart grids – advanced systems that offer controlled monitoring with communication, sensing and security. His lab research revolves around the optimal operation of transmission and distribution systems with high penetration of renewable energies, stochastic modeling of power systems, protection of PV farms, real-time monitoring of transmission and distribution systems, distribution system automation, and power system restoration and resilience analysis.

Societal Impact

Sun’s life’s work is protecting the reliability of our nation’s power system against natural disasters and cyber attacks. His research has helped to revolutionize the power systems industry; in particular, power system restoration and self-healing, interdependent critical infrastructure, cyber-physical security, microgrid and data centers, renewable integration, distributed energy resources, transmission and distribution operation and control.

Graduate Students and Achievements

Advising one master’s student and four doctoral students


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2011.

MS Electrical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2007

B.S. Electrical Engineering Tianjin University, 2004

Current Projects

Power System Resilience and Self-Healing Smart Grids

Topics include detection, protection, mitigation, and restoration of smart grids; Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) contribution in system restoration; microgrid participation in system restoration; cyber-physical system security assessment.

Microgrids and Data Centers

Topics include microgrid energy management system; microgrid resilience; microgrid protection; multiagent-based microgrid operation; microgrid-based data center operation.

Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Sustainability

Topics include HVDC-connected offshore wind integration; pumped hydro storage and wind coordination; grid-connected photovoltaic power system.

Courses He Teaches

EEL 4216: Fundamentals of Electric Power Systems

EEL 5255: Advanced Power Systems Analysis

EEL 5937: Advanced Microgrid Design and Operation

EEL 6269: Advanced Topics in Power Engineering

EE 434/L: Power System Analysis and Lab

EE 733: Advanced Power System

EE 734: Power System Dynamics


Siemens Digital Grid Laboratory

The Siemens Digital Grid Lab is equipped with utility-grade software and hardware, such as Spectrum Power Microgrid Management System (MGMS), Power System Simulator for Engineering (PSS/E) and PSS/SINCAL, and Siemens Distribution Feeder Automation (SDFA). The lab has 17 DELL computers and stations, two large displays, 2 large and 1 mobile white boards, presentation table and discussion area, and data links to UCF campus microgrid.

Discoveries/Publication Highlights

Sun has 21 journal articles, one book, and 21 conference publications.

View Sun's Google Scholar Page


Sun’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, and Microsoft.

Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovations Award, 2014