May 20, 2008
ECE Professor Marija Ilic recently gave two invited talks on the West Coast at the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Titled "The Key Role of Network Systems Engineering in Reaching the Energy and Environment Dream," Professor Ilic's talks concerned the challenge of transforming today's passive electric power grids into active enablers of efficient and reliable utilization of emerging energy resources. She emphasized modeling structure needed for effective deployment of distributed sensing and decision tools, as well as the fundamental role of fast-switched electric network control for shaping effective system energy dynamics.
At JPL, Professor Ilic's talk was organized and TV broadcast within the company by Susan L. Klein. Dr. Klein's book, "Power to Change the World: Alternative Energy and the Rise of the Solar City" was recently published. Professor Ilic was presented with a complimentary copy of this book during her visit at JPL.