Karen Miu


The rapid restructuring of electric power utilities and the availability of customer choice introduces a new planning and operating environment for the nation's power system infrastructure. From the standpoint of power distribution systems, this new environment pushes distribution automation to the forefront as distribution systems are the first and most prominent link customers have to the power system.

Dr. Miu's research interests in this area include:

  • Identification of data requirements necessary for end-use applications such as three-phase power flow and service restoration
  • Eterminination of meter placements in distribution networks
  • Development of accurate load models to represent the distribution loads which in turn can be incorporated into load forecasting techniques
  • Specific interest in service-oriented functions such as service restoration, maintenance planning, reliability improvement, etc.
  • Development of problem formulations and effective solution algorithms to accurately represent the behavior of the electrical system and to reflect the new operating environment which must consider appropriate costs and avoided costs

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Cornell University, 1998

Research Interests

Power systems; distribution networks; distribution automation; optimization; system analysis

Academic Distinctions

  • 2007 IEEE Power Engineering Society Walter Fee Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award
  • 2005 IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award
  • 2001 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator
  • 2000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER)