NEW FACULTY MEMBER ENERGIZES TEAM
The School of Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Bhuvaneswari Ramachandran, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Her research interests in power generation, specifically Smart Grid and energy markets, promise to enhance UWF's engineering curriculum and provide students with unique learning experiences. Through a more flexible and modern grid system, consumers will be able to control, bargain and even negotiate with their providers. Also, her research in energy markets focuses on the potential for power auctions that will allow consumers to have systems in place, such as the generation and collection of additional power through electric vehicle charging stations.
In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Ramachandran will be establishing a new power lab with a generous gift from Gulf Power. It will be designed in such a way as to offer hands-on training and experiments that will benefit current UWF students and Gulf Power employees. She anticipates it to be fully functioning by spring 2014.
When asked to reflect on her first semester, Dr. Ramachandran indicated that she enjoys the size of her classes which offers increased interaction with students and encourages them to be a more engaged learner. Also, she very much appreciates the warm welcome she has received from her colleagues throughout campus.
Dr. Ramachandran holds bachelor, master and doctorate degrees from Annamalai University in India. She is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship called the Better Opportunities for Young Sciences in chosen areas of Science and Technology (BOYSCAST) from the Government of India in 2009. The BOYSCAST provided her with the opportunity to study anywhere in the world and she selected Florida State University because of their Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS). There, she did extensive work with the US Navy ship power systems and developed ways to limit full currents through a controller that ultimately prevents damage to ships' electrical system.
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