Affiliated Faculty


Alexander Cronin

Measurements and PV Characteristics

Alex Cronin is an Associate Professor of Physics and Optical Sciences. His research includes atom interferometry, laser spectroscopy, and solar energy. Cronin leads a large team of students and post-docs from Physics and Electrical Engineering in his studies of the outdoor performance of PV systems.  In collaboration with Tucson Electric Power, Cronin is measuring how 25 different grid-tied solar electric (PV) systems perform in Tucson.




George Frantziskonis

Storage of Renewable Energy

Multi & Inter-disciplinary multi-scale modeling and simulation

George Frantziskonis is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and of Materials Science and Engineering.  He received his Civil Engineering degree from the Aristotle University, Greece, in 1982 and his doctorate in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Arizona in 1986.  He is a registered professional Civil Engineer in the State of Arizona and in the European Union state members.  His teaching interests and activities include contemporary multimedia course delivery methods tailored to classroom-based, distance learning, and classes of large enrollment.  Frantiziskonis’ areas of research interests and activities include multi-and inter-disciplinary multiscale modeling and simulation, material characterization and applications, probabilistic and multi-scale material description and applications to safety and reliability, behavior of materials at nano-scale, reaction-diffusion-transport and reactive flow problems.  Applications include material characterization and modeling, storage of renewable energy, and reaction-diffusion-transport phenomena in energy production processes.



Michael Leuthold

Operational Forecasts of Solar and Wind Energy

Michael Leuthold is a lecturer and High Performance Computer Manager in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at The University of Arizona.  He currently manages the Arizona and Idaho Regional High Resolution Weather Modeling Program which provides detailed operational wind and solar irradiance forecasts for stakeholders in Arizona and Idaho.  Research interests include model assimilation of clouds and precipitation to improve solar irradiance forecasts and model tuning to improve weather forecasts over arid and complex orography of the western United States.



Susan Lysecky

Ubiquitous and Embedded Computing Systems

Susan received her Ph.D. and MS degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside in 2006 and 2003 respectively.  She is an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her current research interests include embedded system design, with emphasis on self-configuring architectures, human-computer interaction, and facilitating the design of sensor networks by non-engineers.




Krishna Muralidharan

High-efficiency compressed-air energy storage

Krishna Muralidharan is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona.  He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University in 2004.  His current research interests include developing high-efficiency compressed-air energy storage systems that enable the widespread adoption of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.


Barrett G. Potter, Jr.

Inorganic Nanostructured Photovoltaics

Barrett Potter is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona.  He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in the area of quantum dot-based nano-composite thin films.  Before joining the University of Arizona, he was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff and later served as Manager of the Chemical Synthesis and Nanomaterials Department in the Materials and Process Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM.  His research activities involve optical and electronic materials synthesis and application with specific interests including quantum-scale semiconductor structures, photosensitive phenomena in inorganic and hybrid materials, radiation effects in inorganic systems, rare-earth doped glasses and ceramics, and ferroelectric oxide thin films.



Young-Jun Son

Modeling (simulation and optimization) and management of distributed solar generation, storage, and smart grid.

Young-Jun Son is a Professor in Systems and Industrial Engineering and Director of Advanced Integration of Manufacturing Systems and Technologies (AIMST) Center.  His research focuses on the coordination of a data-driven, multi-scale, networked-federated simulation and decision model needed for design and control in various applications, including renewable energy network, extended manufacturing enterprise, homeland security, and social network.  He has received several research awards such as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers 2004 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2005 Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award, the IERC Conference Best Paper Awards (2005, 2008, 2009), and Best Paper of the Year Award in 2007 from International Journal of Industrial Engineering.



Ben K. Sternberg

Geology for Energy Storage

Ben Sternberg is a Professor of Mining and Geological Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Subsurface Imaging at the University of Arizona. His research interests include Electrical & Electromagnetic Geophysics Data Acquisition and Processing; Integration of Geological and Geophysical Data for Mining, Petroleum, Environmental, Water Resource, and Geotechnical applications; Development of New Instrumentation and Novel Techniques for High-Accuracy Measurements, and Imaging/Sensing Applications.



Peter Vadasz

Energy Conversion and Storage

Peter Vadasz is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University.  His research interests include Energy Conversion and Storage, Transport Phenomena in Porous Media, Heat and Mass Transfer and Applied Fluid Dynamics, Investigation of Non-Linear Effects, Stability, Bifurcation and Routes to Chaos, Bio-Engineering, Engineering Economics Cost Analysis and Optimization.



Meiling (Janet) Wang Roveda

Smart Grid and Smart Home

Janet Roveda is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. Her research interests are Smart Grid and Smart Home, VLSI System for Bio-medical Applications, Multi-core Design, Data Centric systems, Reliable Systems and Circuits, DNA computing and Synthetic Biology.