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Dr. Yan Xu

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 307
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-4389
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Eastman Professor of Practice

Areas of Interest

Power systems and power electronics, including utility applications of power electronics, renewable energy integration, smart grid, microgrid, communication, control, protection, and energy management of power systems


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2006
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, North China Electric Power University, China, 2001
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, 1995


Dr. Yan Xu has broad working experience in power systems, including utilities, digital relay protection manufacturing, and electric train manufacturing in China after receiving her Bachelor’s and Master degrees.  She has been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for more than 8 years since she received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

She is now the Eastman Professor of Practice in the EECS Department, and a part-time researcher at ORNL as well.

Honors & Affiliations:

  • Research staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Member, IEEE Power and Energy Society, IEEE Power Electronics Society

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