One of those freshly minted to full professorship position in the new semester is Professor Wang Peng. A little of his background: Prof Wang was a lecturer for 13 years before he enrolled in the University of British Columbia, Canada as a visiting scholar in 1991. He then completed his Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in the University of Saskatchewan, Canada from 1993-1998. Prof Wang arrived in Singapore and joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU) since 1999 as an assistant professor, going on to become an associate professor at NTU EEE in 2004.
To date, Prof Wang has published over 250 journal and conference papers and 4 book chapters with citation counts of 1970 and 4660, and Hirsch-index of 23 and 34 from Web of Science and Google Scholar respectively.
His research expertise and works have drawn considerable attentions from local and global companies such as Schneider Electric, Rolls-Royce, Vestas, Panasonic, JTC Corporation and global research institutes such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tsinghua University, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory just to name a few.
Prof Wang warmly reflects, “Sixteen years in NTU is a long, tough, fruitful and lucky journey. I have achieved what I planned through hard work and much support from my colleagues and students. During my rewarding journey in NTU over the years, I have also personally supervised upwards of a hundred engineering undergraduate and graduate students with some moving on to becoming notable mentors and researchers themselves.”
On his proudest moment in research in the early career days:
“When me and my NTU EEE PhD students introduced and developed the world’s first hybrid AC/DC microgrid. It is more efficient than the current AC network.
It is a hybrid microgrid with both DC and AC networks linked by a “bidirectional AC/DC converter” and can provide the most economical solutions and the simplest connection for renewable sources and DC dominated loads. The novel architecture can significantly reduce power conversion loss due to reverse AC/DC/AC or DC/AC/DC conversions inherited by the conventional AC grids. Compared with AC grid, the hybrid grid can significantly increase system efficiency by 15-30%. The rectifiers of consumer electronics at homes, in offices and industrial equipment can be eliminated to reduce equipment cost if the hybrid AC/DC architecture is used in power distribution networks.”
Part of a hybrid AC/DC microgrid in Water Energy Research Lab (WERL), EEE
What EEE-related projects Prof Wang is currently involved in:
“The focus of my research lies in the area of power systems, more specifically power system reliability and smart and micro grids. Through my research, I have developed several novel techniques to solve many important power system reliability problems.
As a Principal Investigator (PI), I have been awarded more than $10 million in research grants from industries and government organisations from Singapore, USA and Europe. The main objective of my research is to provide practical solutions for real world problems. Two prototypes of microgrids are currently being developed for the US and Singapore Army. Several patents have been granted and filed.”
Prof Wang’s favourite place in NTU:
“I live in NTU campus and like it! It is quiet, clean and makes everyone younger with its naturally beautiful green environment. I especially enjoy and appreciate the scenic “3km walkway” for my daily walks.”
Interests and hobbies in his free time:
"Walking, playing tennis and gardening".
Advice to share to students and other faculty members:
“Keep working hard and enjoy life if you have time! I too will continue working passionately on projects and research with my research team and my students, and always continue to contribute my part to the ongoing exciting development of NTU EEE!”
Published on: 20-Sep-2016