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Dr. Fangxing “Fran” Li


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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 523
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-8401
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Areas of Interest

  • Power Systems Engineering and Economics


  • Ph.D from Virginia Tech, 2001
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 1997
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 1994


Dr. Li is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at The University of Tennessee. He is one of the core faculty members of the NSF Engineering Research Center, CURENT, recently funded by NSF at $18.5 million in 5 years. He is presently serving as the Education Program Director and a Subtask Lead of CURENT. 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 systems and then in power market analysis, particularly in GridView related R&D and consulting service for power generation and transmission companies. 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 is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of North Carolina.

Professor Li is a Fellow of IET (formerly IEE), a College of Engineering Research Fellow- 2009 and 2015, a Senior Member of IEEE, a Member of Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society. Also, he is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Substainable Energy, an Editorial Board Member of Int’l Journal of Power and Energy Systems, and a regular reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems/Power Delivery/Energy Conversion/Smart Grid. He is presently serving as the IEEE PES PSOPE Vice-Chair and other positions within IEEE PES. He has been a chair/organizer of numerous panel sessions at a number of international conferences.

Dr. Li is a member of the NSF Engineering Research Center – CURENT.


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