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Joe Chow
Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering


Department Affiliation:
Department of Electrical, Computer, & Systems Engineering

Ph.D., University of Illinois

Research Summary:

  • Voltage-Sourced Converter based FACTS Controllers: including UPFC, IPFC, CSC, and GUPFC – Loadflow models, voltage and power dispatch, sensitivity analysis, voltage stability analysis, rated-capacity operation and dispatch strategies, dynamic models, damping control, multiple FACTS Controllers, computational tools, web simulator, operator training simulator.
  • Power System Research Consortium: Rensselaer, Virginia Tech, University of Wyoming, and Montana Tech.  Phasor Data Analysis and Power System Security Assessment – stability analysis, slow coherency, mode meters, disturbance location estimation.
  • Deregulated Electricity Market: Reliability, dynamic Var pricing, intelligent agent simulation, ancillary services. 

Current Research Projects:

  • Operator and Planner Training Simulator and Advanced Transmission Technology Concepts – EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) and NYPA (New York Power Authroity)
  • Power System Research Consortium – AEP (American Electric Power Services), FirstEnergy Corp, PJM (Pennsylvania-Jersey-Maryland Interconnection), NYISO (New York Independent System Operator)
  • Incorporation of Intelligent Agents in Electric Power Market Simulator – NYISO (New York Independent System Operator)


  • Donald P. Eckman Award, American Automatic Control Council
  • General Electric Power System and Technology Division Young Engineer Award
  • Distinguished Member, IEEE Control Systems Society
  • Control Systems Technology Award, IEEE Control Systems Society
  • IEEE Fellow


  • 1979: Donald P. Eckman Award from American Automatic Control Council for outstanding contributions to control engineering by a young engineer.
  • 1980: General Electric Power System and Technology Division Young Engineer Award
  • 1984: General Electric System Development & Engineering Department Management Award
  • 1995 :IEEE Control Systems Society – Distinguished Member
  • 1997: IEEE Control Systems Society - Control Systems Technology Award for “pioneering contributions to time-scale analysis of large power systems.”


  • R. M. Johnson, J. H. Chow, and M. V. Dillon, “Pelton Turbine Deflector Overspeed Control in Small Power Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 19, pp. 1032-1037, May 2004.
  • X. Wei, J. H. Chow, B. Fardanesh, and A.-A. Edris, “A Dispatch Strategy for a Unified Power Flow Controller to Maximize Voltage-Stability Limited Power Transfer,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 20, pp. 2022-2029, July 2005.
  • J. H. Chow, R. de Mello, and K.-W. Cheung, “Reliability in Deregulated Power Systems,” Proceedings of IEEE, vol. 93, no. 11, pp. 1956-1969, November 2005.
  • J. H. Chow, A. Chakrabortty, M. Arcak, B. Bhargava, and A. Salazar, “Synchronized Phasor Data Based Energy Function Analysis of Dominant Power Transfer Paths in Large Power Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 22, pp. 727-734, May 2007.
  • X. Jiang, X. Fang, J. H. Chow, A.-A. Edris, E. Uzunovic, M. Parisi, and L. Hopkins, “A Novel Approach for Modeling Voltage-Sourced Converter Based FACTS Controllers,” submitted to IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery.


  • J. H. Chow, X. Wei, A.-A. Edris, and B. Fardanesh, “Power Flow Controller Responsive to Power Circulation Demand for Optimizing Power Transfer,” US Patent 7,117,070 B2, Oct 3, 2006.


  • Fellow, IEEE, 1992, member of Control Systems Society & Power Engineering Society.
  • Chair, Power System Dynamic Measurement Working Group of the Dynamic Performance Committee of IEEE Power Engineering Society
  • Associate Editor, European Electric Power Journal
  • General Co-Chair, 1995 IEEE Conference on Control Applications, Albany, New York.
  • General Chair, 1998 American Control Conference, June 24-26, 1998, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Contact Information:

Joe H. Chow
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
JEC 7026
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
Phone: (518) 276-6374
Fax: (518) 276-6261


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