Christine Chen

Christine Chen

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research focus:

Christine is interested in addressing the challenges involved with the integration of emerging power grid technologies to improve system reliability, performance and economics. The incorporation of variable and uncertain renewable electricity sources, such as solar photovoltaics and wind, presents significant challenges to the reliable and economical operation of power systems. To this end, Christine's research focuses on developing tools to analyze, monitor and control the future power system. To achieve these goals, her group designs and implements algorithms to study the systemic effects of renewable resource integration, exploit real-time measurements from advanced sensor technologies and coordinate control capabilities offered by distributed energy resources. This work provides practical advancements in real-time system operation and control while contributing to the knowledge base that links complex networks, nonlinear systems and signal processing to evolving power systems. The long-term goal of this research is to engineer electric energy technologies that promote increased renewable resource integration, sustainable electricity demand growth and improved system-wide reliability.

Prior to UBC:

Christine received her MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, she earned the BASc degree in Engineering Science (Electrical option) from the University of Toronto.


While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Christine received the Grainger Power Engineering Award and the Sargent and Lundy Fellowship. Her research in assessing the impact of renewable resource integration on power system performance earned the Best Paper Award at the North American Power Symposium in 2011. Christine was a recipient of the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral award.

Personal interests:

In her spare time, Christine dabbles in DIY projects, jogs along English Bay, cycles to explore her new city, and enjoys the occasional green-tea soft-serve ice cream cone.

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