Fangxing "Fran" Li, Ph.D., P.E. / 李方兴
James W. McConnell Professor
523 Min H. Kao Bldg.

The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
(Tel) 865-974-8401

Smart Home & Grid Lab
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Professor Li has been a faculty member since 2005 (James W. McConnell Professor in 2017, Professor in 2016, Associate Professor in 2011, Assistant Professor in 2005) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK). He is one of the core faculty members of the NSF Engineering Research Center, CURENT, recently funded by NSF at $30.5 million in 8 years (with the probable extension for another 2 years). He is presently serving as the UTK Campus Director of CURENT. He is the Director of the Smart Home & Grid Lab (SHGL). He is also a part-time researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His current interests include renewable energy integration, distributed energy resources, energy markets, reactive power, demand response, and power system computational methods.

Professor Li
had worked at ABB Electrical System Consulting (ESC), a.k.a. ABB Consulting, in Raleigh, NC, from February 2001 to August 2005 as a Senior Engineer and then a Principal Engineer before joining UT. During his employment at ABB, he has been significantly involved first in power distribution system and then in power market analysis. In particular, he was the lead developer of GridView Releases 1.0 and 2.0. Presently, GridView is a major power-market simulator with a number of users at power utilities and Independent System Operators (ISOs), as well as being an internal consulting tool for ABB consultants. He had also worked as a part-time engineer at Electrical Distribution Design (EDD) Inc., Blacksburg, VA from 1998 to 2000 and an engineer intern at NARI (China) in 1997. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Southeast University (China) in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech in 2001. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of North Carolina.

Professor Li is a Fellow of IEEE (Class of 2017), a Fellow of IET (formerly IEE, elected in December 2011), a Member of Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society, an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (since 2017), an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2011-2017), an Editor of IEEE Power and Energy Society Letters (since 2011), a Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2014-2015), a Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2016-2017), an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (MPCE) by Springer, and an Editorial Board Member of CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems (by Wiley-IEEE). He is serveing or has served the IEEE PES PSOPE Committee as a Vice Chair (since 2016), the PSPI Committee as a Secretary (2010-2014) and Vice Chair (since 2014), and the President of North America Chinese Power Professional Association (2013~2015). He has been a chair/organizer of numerous panel sessions at a number of international conferences.

Professor Li and his research team have received a number of recognitions. Prof. Li was the recipient of the 2006 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award at UT, UT EECS Faculty Early Career Fellowship Awards (2008, 2009, & 2010), 2009 UT College of Engineering Research Fellow Awards, 2011 UT Chancellor's Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement, 2013 EECS Gonzalez Family Award for Faculty Excellence in Research, 2015 UT College of Engineering Professional Promise in Research Award, 2015 IEEE PES Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award, an Outstanding Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems in 2015. His research works have been recognized as part of the Best Conference Papers (Top 5%) at IEEE PES Genearl Meetings (1 paper in 2015 and 2 papers in 2016). His graduate students have won several significant awards, such as winning the Best Student Poster Contests at IEEE PES conferences (Rui Bo: 2nd Place at PSCE09 and Huijuan Li: 1st Place at GM09) and CURENT Annual Industrial Conference (Qinran Hu in 2014 and Haoyu Yuan in 2015).

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