Dr. Ning Lu  | Associate Professor

NC State University
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keystone Science Center
1791 Varsity Drive, Suite 100, Campus Box 7571
Raleigh, NC 27606-7571

(Office) 919-513-7529   Email: nlu2@ncsu.edu


Dr. Lu has over 20 years of experience in electric power engineering. From 2003 to 2012, Dr. Ning Lu was a senior research engineer with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She was a substation design engineer with the Shenyang Electric Power Survey and Design Institute from 1993 to 1998. She has conducted and managed research projects in modeling and analysis of power system load behaviors, wide area energy storage management systems, renewable integration, climate impact on power grids, and smart grid modeling and diagnosis. Dr. Lu is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications, including journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical reports.

Research Interests

Load modeling and control, wide-area energy storage applications, renewable integration, smart grid data analytics, microgrid modeling and control.

Major Projects

  • Private Companies, Solar Electric Home Energy Management System and Modeling Tool [2013-2017]
  • CAPER, Distribution Planning Criteria and Tools for Future Distribution Energy Resources [2015-2016]
  • NSF CyberSEEs Type 2: Cyber-Enabled Water and Energy Systems Sustainability Utilizing Climate Information [2014-2017]
  • DOE, Micro-grid Demonstration: the Olney Town Center Microgrid [2014-2016]
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab: Hydro Model Integration [2014-2016]
  • NSF FREEDM, 1-MW Microgrid Test System Development (Green Energy Hub) [2013-2015]
  • Idaho Power, Probability-based Available Transfer Capability Tool Development Phase III [2013-2014]
  • DOE, Plug-and-Play Solar Panel Design [2013]


  • 2002 – Ph.D. in Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
  • 1999 – M.S. in Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
  • 1993 – B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China

Professional Affiliations

Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2005
Editor, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2013-present
Chair, Climate Change Technology Subcommittee, PES EDPG Committee, 2014 – present
Secretary, System Economic Subcommittee, PES PSACE committee, 2009 – present
Chair, Demand Response Working Group, 2014 – present
President, North American Chinese Power Professional Association, 2011 – 2013
Chair, Business Models for Energy Storage Applications Working Group, 2011 – 2014

Professional Experience

2013– ECE Dept., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC Associate Professor
2003–2012 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA Senior Research Engineer
1993–1998 Shenyang Electric Bureau, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, P. R. China Substation Design Engineer


Google Citation Report: http://scholar.google.com/citations?ser=J6pQoxIAAAAJ&hl=en
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ning_Lu4


ECE792: Computational Methods for Power Grid Operation (Spring Semester)
ECE451: Power System Analysis (Fall semester)
ECE585: Business of Electric Utility (Fall semester, co-teach 20%)

Graduated Master Students

  1. Lining Dong (Ldong5@ncsu.edu). Thesis topic: “Graphic User Interface Design and Rule-based Home Energy Management Algorithm Development for Home Energy Management Systems”.
  1. Anjie Jiang. Thesis topic: “Building Load Analysis and Forecasting — A Case Study of the Building Load of the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus”. Available Online: http://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/ir/bitstream/1840.16/9535/1/etd.pdf

PhD Students

NAME EMAIL Graduation Date
1 Maziar Vanouni mvanoun@ncsu.edu Dec, 2015
2 Xinda Ke xke@ncsu.edu May, 2016
3 Jiahong Yan jyan7@ncsu.edu May, 2016
4 Xiangqi Zhu xzhu9@ncsu.edu May, 2017
5 Jian Lu jlu18@ncsu.edu May, 2017
6 Weifeng Li wli27@ncsu.edu Dec, 2017
7 David Mulcahy djmulcah@ncsu.edu May, 2018
8 Gonzague Henri gahenri@ncsu.edu Dec, 2018

Sponsored Undergraduate Students

NAME   Graduation Date
1 Sammy Nasrallah May, 2015
2 Nikolaos Tasios May, 2015
3 Thomas Dotson Dec, 2015

Visiting Scholars

  • Tiankui Sun, Ph.D. student, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2014-2015
  • Dr. Guoping Sun, Hohai University, 2015-2016
  • Tao Jiang, Ph.D. student, Tianjin University, 2014-2015
  • Kaiqiao Zhan, Ph.D. student, Tsinghua University, 2013-2014
  • Dr. Xiangyu Kong, Tianjin University, 2014
  • Brazilian exchange undergraduate students: Lucas Gomes, Daniela Almeida, Andre Ramos, and Joao Pedro Hartmann Salomao. (The Brazilian students are funded by the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP). The program sponsors students for a full year including summer.), summer 2015
  • REU Students: William Karnavas and Imani William, summer 2015