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Dr. Hector Pulgar

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 549
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-1213
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Areas of Interest

  • Power system dynamics and stability
  • Power system operation and control
  • Renewable energy integration


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Concepción, Chile, 2003
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Concepción, Chile, 2000


Hector A. Pulgar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. In 2001, he initiated his academic career as an Academic Instructor at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), Chile. He taught over fourteen subjects of the electrical engineering curriculum such as electric circuit theory and power system modeling and analysis. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, he also focused on graduate courses emphasizing on conventional and non-conventional generator dynamic modeling, governors-AVR-PSS modeling, small signal stability, frequency excursions and bifurcations analysis. He has been awarded a FONDECYT/Iniciacion grant from the Chilean Government related to wind farms modeling and analysis and also various UTFSM’s grants. His research interests include power systems dynamics and stability, power system operation and control, renewable energy integration, energy storage systems, wind farm modeling, voltage collapse and bifurcation analysis.

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


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