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Peng Zhang
SUNY Empire Innovation Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stony Brook University

Joint Appointments
Interdisciplinary Science Dept., Brookhaven National Laboratory
Department of Computer Science, Stony Brook University
Department of Applied Mathematics, Stony Brook University

Electric power grids are critical infrastructures for modern society. My research focuses on cyber-physical grid resilience including monitoring, detecting and mitigating cyber attacks, physical disturbances and extreme events on microgrids & networked microgrids, urban distribution grids, substations and bulk power networks. My research program is dedicated to enabling innovations for different layers of grid infrastructures that will transform today's power grids into tomorrow's autonomic networks and flexible services towards self-configuration, self-healing, self-optimization, and self-protection against grid changes, renewable power injections, faults, disastrous events and cyber-attacks.

Research areas

  • Quantum Grids (Quantum-Engineered Smart Grids).

  • Networked Microgrids: Learning Based Control and Stability.

  • Energy Resiliency.

  • Formal Methods and Reachability Analysis.

  • Smart Programmable Microgrids.

  • Offshore Wind Energy Integration.

  • Software-Defined Smart Grid.

  • Power System Dynamics, Electromagnetic Transients, and Stability.

Zhang Labs:

  • Microgrid & Networked Microgrids Lab: Suffolk Hall 118

  • AI-Grid Lab: Light Engineering 150


To Prospective students in 2022

Power Lab has up to 5 postdoc openings in 2022. Please send me your resume and three sample papers if interested.

Link to PhD Application: PhD Application Portal
The recruiting focus for 2022 will be AI-enabled resilient power systems. Meawhile, we also recruit postdocs and PhDs in the areas of quantum engineering and marine renewable energy. I am considering ECE, CS, and Applied Math students for the positions.

  • 1 postdoc (or 1 Ph.D. student) for networked microgrid active fault management. Sponsor: ONR. (Position available).

  • 2 postdocs for AI-driven resilient power systems and networked microgrids. Sponsor: NSF. (Position available).

  • 1 postdoc for marine renewable energy systems (wind, wave, wirelss power transfer, Internet of Ocean Things). Sponsor: DOE. (Position available).

  • 5 Ph.D. students for AI-driven resilient power systems and networked microgrids. Sponsor: NSF. (Position available).

In general, my lab always welcomes postdocs and Ph.D. students good at power system/microgrid stability (with software platform architecturing and programming experiences), computer networking (e.g., analysis and coding with OpenFlow switches) and/or cybersecurity (e.g., network security and applied cryptography). See positions available and email me if you are interested and qualified. In your email, please describe how you meet our position requirements for PhDs or postdocs.

Office hours:

Tue. 2:00pm–3:30pm Light Engineering 229


Light Engineering Building, Room 229
Stony Brook University, New York, 11794-2350
Office: (631) 632-8409
Stony Brook Email:
BNL Email:

A physical law must possess mathematical beauty.
--Paul Dirac