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Michael Bourque-Innovation Director

Michael is a professional engineer and has worked in the electricity industry for almost 40 years with most of this time spent within corporate strategic planning at NB Power. Michael’s work has contributed to the development of major supply and transmission projects in New Brunswick as well NB Power’s long-term strategic plan. Currently Michael is working within the Emera/NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies at UNB and is active in electricity grid modernization research.

Research Associates

Bo Cao

Dr. Bo Cao is a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNB. His expertise lies in the areas of power electronics, renewable energy conversion, distributed generation systems, electrical vehicle integration, and wind forecasting techniques. Dr. Cao is closely involved as both a theme leader and a leading researcher in a number of multi-partner research projects at UNB including distributed renewable generation system design part of NSERC Engage Grants and NSERC NEST, and development of wind forecasting technologies for the NRCan funded project that focuses on development and validation of advanced wind forecasting method. Most recently, Dr. Cao is focusing on electric vehicle integration as part of the AIF Atlantic Digital Grids project as well as grid support function development of DER inverters for the AIF application-focused, Integrated DER Solutions for Smart Grids project. 

Julian L. Cardenas Barrera

Dr. Julian L. Cardenas Barrera is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of New Brunswick and has been a Research Associate at the Centre since 2017. He received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from Universidad Central de Las Villas (UCLV), Cuba, in 1994. He worked at UCLV as a professor for over 25 years and has been a visiting professor and researcher at numerous universities in Canada, Latin America and Spain before joining UNB. At UNB, he has used his expertise in digital signal processing, pattern recognition and network communications to conduct research in areas of energy forecasting, wireless sensor communications, smart grid communications and control of distributed energy resources. Dr. Cardenas Barrera currently works in several projects related to smart grid technologies; developing new load forecasting methods for the smart grid era, direct control techniques for using aggregation of user appliances as alternative energy resources and co-simulation technologies to study the impact of communications on power system operation.

Post-doctoral fellows


Research Topics


Guanhong Song Power electronic technologies for distributed energy resources In progress

Juan Pablo Astudillo Leon

Evaluation of communication infrastructure in the implementation of smart grid functions In progress
Ahmad Mezher Innovative Communication Solutions  for Smart Grid In progress
Pieter Pijnenburg Power system analysis, data analysis, modeling and controls of distributed resources. In progess
Hossam Mosbah Development of control algorithms for peak shaving on power local distribution networks. In progress
Shuang Xu Power system support functions for distributed energy resources Completed
Ning Liu Aggregated Load Control Completed
Xin Zhao Power System Support Functions of Smart Inverters Completed
Boris Vega Modeling and Control of Population of Thermostatically Controlled Loads Completed
Yong Shi Bi-directional Electric Vehicle Charger Completed
Mostafa Shaad Application-focused Integrated DER solution for smart Grid Completed
Abdualah Aljankawey Instrumentation of  the Physical Loads in the living lab Completed
Wenping Zhang Electric Vehicles as Distributed Energy Storage for Barbados Completed
Zaid Garcia Sanchez  Barbados Power Systemthe Analysis  Completed
Haider Razed Develop control strategies for load/generation control for power system optimization Completed