research GrantS and Award


Funded/Awarded Projects: (Approx. $5,000,000) | Pending Proposals: (Approx. $1,000,000)

  • PI, "STTR Phase I: Internet of Things (IOT) Safety Device and System for Micro Mobility Products," National Science Foundation (prime), Systems Research & Consulting LLC (direct), 2022-2023.

  • PI, "I-Corps: Machine Learning Enhanced Automated Circuit Configuration and Evaluation of Power Converters," National Science Foundation, 2022-2023.

  • Co-PI, "Cyber Resilience for Substation Automation," Department of Energy (prime), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (direct), 2022-2025.

  • Senior Personnel, "MRI: Acquisition of Autonomous Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Platform for Multidisciplinary Research and Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn," National Science Foundation, 2022-2025.

  • PI, "Cloud-based Battery Management System (BMS)," Ford Motor Company, 2022-2023.

  • PI, "Improving Energy Efficiency in Campus Buildings using Artificial Intelligence and Multi-source Data Fusion," DTE Energy, 2021-2023.

  • PI, "Machine-Learning-Assisted Bidirectional Smart Charging (Phase 2)," Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA), 2022-2023.

  • Co-PI, "High Efficiency and High Power Density Traction Inverter Development," Broad Ocean Technologies, 2022-2023.

  • Co-PI, "Advanced Power Converter Development," Broad Ocean Technologies, 2022-2023.

  • PI, "Machine-Learning-Assisted Bidirectional Smart Charging (Phase 1)," Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA), 2021-2022.

  • PI, "A Machine Learning-based Approach to Forecast Power Flows for the Power Markets," Greenwich Commodities LLC, 2021-2022.

  • Co-PI, "IUCRC Planning Grant University of Michigan Dearborn: Center for Pervasive Personalized Intelligence Center," National Science Foundation, 2020-2021.

  • PI, "Collaborative Research: Large-Signal Stability Analysis and Enhancement of Converter-Dominated DC Microgrid," National Science Foundation, 2020-2023.

  • PI, "Facility Energy Saving and Securing Technology (FEST) using Multi-Source Data," Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (prime), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (direct), 2020-2022.

  • Co-PI, "ML-ACCEPT: Machine-Learning-enhanced Automated Circuit Configuration and Evaluation of Power Converters," Department of Energy, the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), 2020-2022.

  • Co-PI, "Cyber Attack Resilient EV Charging Systems," University of Michigan-Dearborn Faculty Research Initiation and Seed Grant, 2019-2020.

  • PI, "High-Resolution Smart Meters Acquisition and Application," Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2019.

  • PI, "Deep Reinforcement Learning Platform for Resilient Power Grid Control,” Dearborn's Rackham Grant for Faculty Research, 2019-2020.

  • PI, "REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Sustainable Energy (U-RISE)," National Science Foundation, 2018-2021.

  • PI, "Resilient Design of Smart and Autonomous Microgrid Systems," Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS) Research Seed Funding, 2018.

  • Co-PI, "A Green Energy Village in Detroit’s Eastern Market: Establishing a Strategy for Scalability and Integrated Assessment," Graham Catalyst Grant - Graham Sustainability Institute, 2017-2019.

  • Co-PI, "A comprehensive evaluation on 6.6 kW bi-directional EV onboard charger", Ford Motor Company, 2017.

  • Co-PI, "Adaption and Coordination Technology of Large-Scale EV Charging and Variable Renewable Energy Based on Big Data and Electricity Network Reliability Analysis," UM-SJTU, 2016-2019.

  • PI, "Solar-Powered Pump and Purifier for Providing Clean Drinkable Water in Rural Nigerian Communities," Ford Motor Company Foundation, 2016-2017.

  • PI, "Socio-Cyber-Physical Framework of Future Retail Electricity Market," MCubed Program, 2016-2017.

  • PI, "High Efficient, Interoperable Wireless Charger for iCab," Denso International America, 2016.

  • PI, (UM-Dearborn Campus Director), “GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation at the University of Michigan-Dearborn,” Department of Energy, 2015-2018. [Note: The founding PI (2011-2015) is Prof. Chris Mi at San Diego State University.]

  • PI, "Multi-time-scale Framework for Economic Operation of Networked Microgrid-like Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities," University of Michigan Office of Research, 2015.

  • PI, "I-Corps: Distributed Energy Management Systems for Grid Integration of Distributed Energy Storage Devices," National Science Foundation, 2014-2015.

  • PI, "A Distributed Algorithmic Framework for Energy and Power Management on Smart Grid Dynamic Operations," Dearborn's Rackham Grant for Faculty Research, 2014.

  • PI, "Stochastic Optimization for Economic Operation of Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Stations at a Municipal Parking Deck Integrated with On-site Renewable Energy Generation," Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS) Research Seed Funding, 2014.

  • PI, "Distributed Data Storage and Processing Framework for Distributed Grid Intelligence (DGI) Implementation in FREEDM Systems," NSF ERC FREEDM Systems Center, 2013-2014.

  • PI, "Smart Energy and Power Management Systems for Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging at Municipal Parking Decks," University of Michigan-Dearborn Faculty Research Initiation and Seed Grant, 2013-2014.

  • PI, "Hardware Implementation of a Hadoop-based Big Data Testbed for Future Power Grids," Research Assistantship Grants, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2014.


  • 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Research Award at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Travel Grant for NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Cities, NSF, 2015.

  • New Faculty Startup Fund, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2013-2018

  • Proposal Development Travel Grant, Office of Research & Sponsored Projects, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2013-2015.

  • 2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Technical Committee Prize Paper Award: W. Su, J. Wang, and J. Roh, Stochastic Energy Scheduling in Microgrids with Intermittent Renewable Energy Resources, IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, vol.5, no.4, pp.1876-1883, July 2014.

  • 2013 IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Student Best Paper Award: "A Survey on The Electrification of Transportation in A Smart Grid Environment," IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics, vol.8, no.1, pp.1-10, February 2012. An award ceremony was held at 2013 IECON in Austria Center Vienna, in Vienna, Austria in November 2013. (Link)

  • Applied Energy’s Best Reviewers of 2012. An awards ceremony was held at the ICAE conference in Pretoria in July 2013. (Link)

  • 2011 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad ($6,000) This award was established to encourage research excellence and to recognize the achievement among Chinese students abroad. It is granted across all fields of study and was presented to only 495 out of 440,000 Chinese overseas students all over the world in 2011. The final winners were selected by a review committee organized by China's Ministry of Education. (Link)