Alexander J. Flueck

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
B.S. (EE), 1991, Cornell University
M.Eng. (EE), 1992, Cornell University
Ph.D., 1996, Cornell University

Dr. Flueck, 12k GIF
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616-3793 USA

Tel: +1 (312) 567-3625
Fax: +1 (312) 567-8976
Email: flueck at iit dot edu

Academic Activities

Dr. Flueck joined the IIT faculty in August of 1996. His research focuses on power system stability and control. He is currently developing robust and efficient computational tools that will assist power engineers in planning and operating large-scale electric power systems, while enforcing security and enabling competition. The goal of Dr. Flueck's research is to numerically compute the safe operating region of electric power systems under varying load/generation levels and facility outage contingencies. Determining the safe operating region of a large-scale nonlinear dynamical system is computationally demanding, thereby requiring extensive research in numerical methods.

Dr. Flueck's teaching activities concentrate on challenging students with hands-on problem solving. Students can expect course assignments to be heavy on the mental gymnastics. At the same time, successful engineers have well-developed creative thinking skills and communication skills. Dr. Flueck motivates his students to improve their analytical skills, their creativity skills and their communication skills for success in electrical and computer engineering.

Dr. Flueck's service activities target the promotion of power engineering. He is the Director of the Sponsored Student/Faculty Program, sponsored in part by Illinois Institute of Technology, at the American Power Conference, now owned and operated by PennWell Corporation. Additionally, he is the Publicity Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the Power Engineering Society within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


National Science Foundation, CAREER: Available Transfer Capability of Deregulated Power Systems - A Nonlinear Predictive Approach, April 1999.

Representative Publications

"A New Continuation Power Flow Tool for Investigating the Nonlinear Effects of Transmission Branch Parameter Variations," (with J. R. Dondeti), To appear in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (PE-331-PWRS-0-03-1999).

"Solving the Nonlinear Power Flow Equations with an Inexact Newton Method Using GMRES," (with H-D. Chiang), IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 13, No. 2, May 1998, pp. 267-273.

"Mathematical Formulation and Evaluation of Total Transfer Capability," Proceedings of the NSF Workshop on Available Transfer Capability, Urbana, Illinois, June 1997.

"A Novel Method of Look-Ahead Contingency Ranking for Saddle-Node Bifurcation," (with H-D. Chiang), Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Power Industry Computer Applications, Columbus, Ohio, May 1997.

"Look-Ahead Voltage and Load Margin Contingency Selection Functions for Large-Scale Power Systems," (with H-D. Chiang and C-S. Wang), IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 12, No. 1, February 1997, pp. 173-180.

"Investigating the Installed Real Power Transfer Capability of a Large Scale Power System Under a Proposed Multiarea Interchange Schedule Using CPFLOW," (with H-D. Chiang and K. S. Shah), IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 11, No. 2, May 1996, pp. 883-889.

"Solving the Nonlinear Power Flow Equations with a Newton Process and GMRES," (with H-D. Chiang), 1996 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Atlanta, Georgia, May 1996.

"CPFLOW: A Practical Tool for Tracing Power System Steady- State Stationary Behavior Due to Load and Generation Variations," (with H-D. Chiang, K. S. Shah and N. Balu), IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 10, No. 2, May 1995, pp. 623-634.

"Bifurcations and Chaos in Electric Power Systems: Numerical Studies," (with H-D. Chiang and T. P. Conneen), Journal of The Franklin Institute, Vol. 331B, No. 6, November 1994, pp. 1001-1036.

"Toward an Integrated Methodology for Voltage Stability Assessments due to Slow Load Variations," (with H-D. Chiang), Bulk Power System Voltage Phenomena III: Voltage Stability, Security and Control, Davos, Switzerland, August 1994, pp. 667-691.

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