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Tech Talk Tuesday: Power System Resilience: Earthquakes and the Grid

Ted Brekken, Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Oregon State University


A Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will cause widespread devastation across the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The presentation covers how earthquakes impact the grid and what mitigations can be applied.

Speaker Bio

Ted K.A. Brekken is a professor in energy systems at Oregon State University. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999, 2002, and 2005, respectively. He studied electric vehicle motor design at Postech in Pohang, South Korea, in 1999. He also studied wind turbine control at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway in 2004–2005 on a Fulbright scholarship. His research interests include control, power electronics, and electric drives; specifically, advanced control techniques applied to renewable energy systems. He is codirector of the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility (WESRF). He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and the IEEE Power & Energy Society 2011 Outstanding Young Engineer award.



Tuesday, February 23 at 11:00am to 11:45am

Virtual Event
Event Type

Lecture or Presentation

Event Topic



Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact Name

Alan Fern

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