Dr. Sukumar Kamalasadan is a Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of electric power engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and the Director of power energy and intelligent systems lab (PEISL) within the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNCC. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, OH in 2004. His research interests include data-driven approaches to power grid modernization, smart grid, microgrid, power system operation and optimization, power system dynamics, stability and control and renewable-energy-based distributed generation. Prof. Kamalasadan’s research for the last 15 years has resulted in tools and methods that have a high-level impact in electric utility modernization with a fleet-wide deployment of his tools that enabled modern grid management and control integrating renewable energy and energy storage. His research work has secured more than $12M with his direct supervision from the US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Siemens Research, Duke Energy Corporation, Schweitzer Engineering Lab, and several other industries. He is the chief architect of Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory at UNCC, a $5M facility.