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Yilu Liu

Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics

Yilu Liu is an electrical engineer specializing in smart-grid technologies in electrical power production and distribution.

Liu’s work focuses on developing new and better ways to monitor and understand the flow of electrical energy through the nation’s power grid.

Liu is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.). She holds a joint appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and serves as deputy director of CURENT (Center for Ultra-Wide-Area-Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks) Engineering Research Center.

Bio Pages

UT Knoxville


Lab Page


In the News

November 2018 Yilu Liu Receives R&D 100 Award

December 2016 Governor’s Chair Liu Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

February 2016 UT, ORNL’s Liu Elected Member of National Academy of Engineering

February 2016 Research Taking a Shot at Improving Solar Energy

December 2015 Engineers Taking Novel Approach to Power Production, Security

August 2015 Two College of Engineering Groups Finalists for R&D 100 List

September 2014 Big Orange. Big Ideas: Tennessee’s Energy

August 2011 UT Leads Charge to Smart Grid with $18 Million Award

May 2011 Building the Brain of a Smart Grid

February 2011 Governor’s Chair Discusses Super Bowl Power Surge


August 2009

Yilu Liu sits in an office chair.


Contact Info


UT 865-974-4129
ORNL 865-241-2314

Min H. Kao Building, Suite 511
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250