James W. McConnell Professor
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 the James W. McConnell Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at The University of Tennessee. He also serves as the UT Campus Director for CURENT, an NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His current research interests include renewable energy integration, demand response, distributed energy resources, energy markets, reactive power, power system computing and synchrophasor-based technologies.
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 IEEE (Class of 2017) and a Fellow of IET (formerly IET, elected in 2011). Also, he is serving or has served as an Editor or Editorial Board Member for a number of journals, such as: IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE PES Letters, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Journal of Modern Power and Energy Systems, and CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems. He is presently serving as the Vice Chair for the IEEE PES PSOPE committee and in other positions within IEEE PES (Power and Energy Society).
Professor Li has received a number of honors, such as 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 team has been honored with Best Conference Papers/Posters seven times at various conferences.
Dr. Li is a member of the NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center – CURENT.