Richard Wies

Richard Wies

Background and Research Interests

Dr. Wies's currently is teaching the Power and Controls option for the ECE department at UAF. Dr. Wies provides advising and instruction to graduate and undergraduate students and teaches course topics in Electrical Machinery, Power Systems, Power Electronics, Digital Control Systems, and special topic courses in Adaptive Filtering and Nonlinear Systems.

Dr. Wies's current research involves the

  • Modeling and performance analysis of hybrid electric power systems for remote locations.
  • Application of signal processing techniques for analyzing power system stability.
  • Development of classroom and laboratory curriculum for power electronics and electric drives courses.


  • ES 303 - Electric Machinery
  • EE 404 - Power Systems
  • EE 406 - Power Systems
  • EE 408/608 - Power Electronics
  • EE 671 - Digital Control Systems
  • EE 693 - Adaptive Filtering and Nonlinear Systems


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1999
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1995
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1992

Areas of Specialization

  • Electric power and control systems.
  • Renewable and alternative energy systems.
  • Power electronics and electric drives.


US DOE EPSCoR (Jun 2003-present)

  • Advanced Techniques for Power System Identification from Measured Data: Continuation of Ph.D. research with DOE EPSCoR funding under a subcontract with the University of Wyoming.

US DOE Arctic Energy Technology and Development Laboratory AETDL (Jun 2002-present)

  • Polar Regions Hybrid Remote Power Stations: Development of hybrid power systems for remote power applications in polar regions.
  • Effects of Village Power Quality on Fuel Consumption and Operating Expenses: Development of an electric power quality monitoring and evaluation system for villages in remote rural Alaska in conjunction with Alaska Energy Authority and rural utilities.

NSF CISE (Oct 2004-present)

  • Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulator: Development of hardware-in-the-loop simulators (HILS) systems to allow for remote computer control and simulation of systems with the actual full-scale hardware in place.

US DoD (Jun 2005-present)

  • RAMGEN/Fuel Cell: Development a dynamic model and the design of the power electronics and electric drive interface between a high speed turbine (high frequency ac), a solid-oxide fuel cell (dc), and the power grid (60 cycle ac).

US DOE (Jun 2004-present)

  • Amchitka Independent Assessment Diffusion Measurements: Development and implemention of an electrical test bed to measure the resistivity of bedrock core samples taken from the island before nuclear testing in the 1960s and 1970

Awards and Honors

  • Invited Conference and Journal Paper 2005 WSEAS International Conference on Power Systems and Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Invited Paper 2003 IEEE Power Engineering Society Conference
  • Best Paper in Electric Power Systems Session 2002 American Controls Conference