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Cluster Lead:

Zhihua Qu, Ph.D.

Pegasus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering [email protected]

UCF’s Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems Cluster, or RISES, works to develop sustainable and resilient energy systems and storage to make sure we have power and stay connected when disasters strike.

The cluster focuses upon holistic analysis, design, development and deployment of distributed renewable energy resources, including advanced information, communication, control and optimization technologies and the economic and management policies that go along with them.

This research helps integrate renewable resources into the power generation mix while generating better power quality and allowing energy customers to make informed and environmentally conscientious decisions.

Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Research



  • Smart grid control: An overview and research opportunities, Zhihua Qu, Ph.D.: Springer, 2020
  • Renewable energy integration and system operation challenge: Control and optimization of millions of devices, Wei Sun, Ph.D., Zhihua Qu, Ph.D.: in New Technologies for Power System Operation and Analysis, Huaiguang Jiang, Yingchen Zhang, and Eduard Muljadi (Eds.) Elsevier Inc, 2020
  • “Peer-to-peer energy trading and grid impact studies in smart communities”, Damla Turgut, Ph.D., Qun Zhou, Ph.D., 2020 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC) pp. 674-678: Feb, 2020
  • Coordinating non-established disaster relief groups (NERGs): A case study of Hurricane Irma in Florida, Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.: Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy, and Management, 2020
  • Crisis decision making on a global scale: Transition from cognition to collective action under threat of COVID-19, Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.: Public Administration Review, 2020
  • Hybrid coordination for coping with the medical surge from the COVID-19 pandemic: paired-assistance programs in China, Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.: Public Administration Review, 2020
  • Network governance: Concepts, theories, and applications, Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.: Routledge, 2020
  • “IoT augmented physical scale model of a suburban home”, Damla Turgut, Ph.D., 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops pp. 1-5: Jun, 2020
  • “Predicting the temperature dynamics of scaled model and real-world IoT-enabled smart homes”, Damla Turgut, Ph.D., 2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference 1-6: Dec, 2019
  • “Enhanced workforce development via 2017 distributed energy resources summer program”, Damla Turgut, Ph.D., Zhihua Qu, Ph.D., 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition: Jun, 2018
  • “A multi-institutional approach to delivering shared curricula for developing a next-generation energy workforce”, Zhihua Qu, Ph.D., Qun Zhou, Ph.D., IEEE Access 5, 1416-1427: Nov, 2016
  • “Improving the passivation of molybdenum oxide hole‐selective contacts with 1 nm hydrogenated aluminum oxide films for silicon solar cells”, Parag Banerjee, Ph.D., Titel Jurca, Ph.D., Kris Davis, Ph.D., physica status solidi (a): May, 2020
  • “Natural gas combined cycle utilization: An empirical analysis of the impact of environmental policies and prices”, Kelly Stevens, Ph.D., The Energy Journal 39(5), 205-229: Jan, 2018
  • Organizational understanding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “unfinished business”, Kelly Stevens, Ph.D.: In G. Magill & K. Aramesh (Eds.), The Urgency of Climate Change: Pivotal Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing., 2017
  • “Interaction and Behaviour Evaluation for Smart Homes: Data Collection and Analytics in the ScaledHome Project”, Ladislau Boloni, Ph.D., Damla Turgut, Ph.D., 23rd International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM'20): Nov, 2020
  • Predictive Caching for AR/VR Experiences in a Household Scenario, Damla Turgut, Ph.D., Ladislau Boloni, Ph.D., IEEE ICNC'20: Feb, 2020
  • “Residential Appliance-Level Load Forecasting with Deep Learning”, Damla Turgut, Ph.D., IEEE GLOBECOM'20: Dec, 2020

Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Degree Programs

UCF offers a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Power and Renewable Energy Track that provides knowledge in power system operation and control, renewable energy integration, machines, microgrid design and operation, power markets and data analytics. For more programs, search UCF programs below.

Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) Faculty