7.5 million people were left without power in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, and turning the lights back on will be a long and tedious process, according to U-M EECS professor Ian Hiskins. Hiskins addressed the preventative measures that were taken in New York, procedures by utility companies to restore the power, and potential infrastructure solutions for reducing the impact of natural disasters on the power grid in the future.
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: Ian Hiskens is the Vennema Professor of Engineering in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. His research interests include power system analysis, and analysis and control of nonlinear non-smooth dynamical systems. His areas of specialty are power system dynamics and control, wind power, grid controllability, and inverse problems.