Smart Grids Research Cluster - University of Exeter

Prof. Zhongdong Wang

She is a Professor of Electrical Power Engineering at the University of Exeter. She received her BEng degree and MSc degree from Tsinghua University of Beijing China in 1991 and 1993, respectively and her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from UMIST in 1999. Then she joined The University of Manchester (then UMIST) in 2000 as a Lecturer, and spent next 20 years there progressing to Senior Lecturer in 2007, Professor in 2009 and the Associate Dean of Internationalisation for the Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2016. In 2020 she became the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and IET .

Her current research interests lie in Smart Grids and Low Carbon Electrical Energy Networks, in particular condition monitoring techniques, thermal, electrical transient and magnetic modelling techniques for power system networks,  dielectric insulation ageing mechanisms, alternative environmentally friendly liquid insulating materials, and transformer asset management.

Prof. Peter Crossley

He graduated from UMIST and the University of Cambridge. He joined GEC Measurements, in 1983, where he became a Senior Technical Engineer and later a Research Manager. Then, he moved to UMIST, in 1991, and subsequently progressed from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer to Reader. In 2002, he joined Queen’s University, as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and as the Director of Power & Energy Research. Finally, he returned to The University of Manchester, in 2006, as a Professor of Power Systems. Later, he became the Director of the Joule Centre and the Head of Electrical Energy & Power Systems. Currently he is a visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. As a Professor of Power Systems Engineering, he specializes in the protection and control of electrical power systems, impact of distributed/intermittent generators on electrical networks, and the design and use of renewable energy systems and smart-grids. In addition, he is a Convenor of CIGRE Working Group on Management of Protection Settings, a member of the Greater Manchester Energy Advisory Group, and the Chair of the IET Manchester Division and was the Vice-Chair of the IEEE ISGT Europe 2011 Conference. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE.

Dr. Shanika Matharage

He is a Lecturer in Smart Grid at the University of Exeter. He received his BSc degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and  PhD in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2011 and 2017, respectively. Since 2017 he worked as first a Post Doctoral Research Associate and then an Experimental Officer at The University of Manchester before joining University of Exeter in 2020. He has published over 20 articles with nearly 150 citations (Scopus h-index 7). He was also a member of the CIGRE working group JWG A2/D1.46 that published Technical Brochure 779: Field experience with transformer solid insulation ageing markers. His research activities are mostly interdisciplinary, which combine knowledge and expertise from Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Analytical Sciences to solve research questions or to increase understanding around high voltage equipment in the areas of alternative materials, insulation ageing, condition assessment and asset management. Furthermore, he is also interested in development of smart sensors for the future power plant and the development of digital twin for power network equipment.


Dr. Shuhang Shen

He is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.


Dr. Bin Cao

He is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

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