Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Grainger, Brandon M
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Grainger, Brandon M
Associate Director, Electric Power Systems Laboratory
Affiliate, Energy GRID Institute
Research Assistant Professor
Office: 802 Benedum Hall
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Dr. Brandon Grainger is currently a research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), Swanson School of Engineering.  He holds a PhD in electrical engineering with a specialization in power conversion.  He also obtained his master’s degree in electrical engineering and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (with minor in electrical engineering) all from Pitt.  He was also one of the first original R.K. Mellon graduate student fellows through the Center for Energy at Pitt.   

Dr. Grainger has either worked or interned for ABB Corporate Research in Raleigh, NC; ANSYS Inc. in Southpointe, PA; Mitsubishi Electric in Warrendale, PA; Siemens Industry in New Kensington, PA; and has regularly volunteered at Eaton’s Power Systems Experience Center in Warrendale, PA designing electrical demonstrations.  In his career thus far, he has contributed to 40+ articles in the general area of electric power engineering (emphasis on electric power conversion) and all of which have been published through the IEEE.  Dr. Grainger is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), and Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and is an annual reviewer of various power electronic conferences and transaction articles.  Dr. Grainger is a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves as the IEEE Pittsburgh PELS Chapter Chair for which the section has won numerous awards with his leadership.

PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
Minor in Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2007


Electric Power Conversion, Medium to High Voltage Power Electronics (HVDC and STATCOM), General Power Electronic Converter Design (Topology, Controller Design, Magnetics) and High Power Density Design, Power Semiconductor Evaluation (SiC and GaN) and Reliability Assessment, Military Power Systems, DC System Design and Protection, Fault Identification Techniques, and Microgrids.


National Society of Collegiate Scholars, April 2003

Golden Key International Honor’s Society, 2004

National Society of Mechanical Engineers (Pi Tau Sigma), November 2004

Offered Tau Beta Pi Membership Numerous Times

On Dean’s List Every Undergraduate Academic Term

Predoctoral Fellowship from Office of the Dean, Pitt Swanson School of Engineering, May 2008

Predoctoral Fellowship from ECE Department, Pitt Swanson School of Engineering, May 2009

Finalist for the First Siemens Fellowship in Pitt Swanson School of Engineering, October 2011

Student Travel Grant for 2012 IEEE T&D Conference and Exhibition

Student Travel Grant for 2012 IEEE EnergyTech Conference

Richard K. Mellon Endowed Graduate Student Fellowship, Pitt Swanson School of Engineering, January 2013

1 of 100 graduate students in the USA to attend 2014 ARPA-E Innovation summit, February 2014.

Student Travel Grant for 2014 IEEE T&D Conference and Exhibition

2014 Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition Best Presentation Award

2015 Electrical and Computer Engineering Best Research Assistant Award

2014 to 2015 Best International IEEE PELS Chapter Award – (Received as Co-Chair of Organization)

2015 to 2016 Best local IEEE PELS Chapter Award – Received as Chair of Organization

Selected as a member of a the National Academies of Science and Engineering Ambassador Program (http://scienceambassadors.org/) 

Senior Member, IEEE

  1. B. M. Grainger, M. T. Jones, M. R. Lovell, T. M. Link, H. R. Piehler, and R. D. Marangoni, "Investigation of Alternative Methods for Characterizing the Yield Strength of Tubular Steel Products," Steel Research International: Special Edition Metal Forming Conference 2008, vol. 2, pp. 347-355, Sep. 2008.
  2. G. F. Reed, B. M. Grainger, A. R. Sparacino, and Z.-H. Mao, “Ship to Grid:  Medium-Voltage DC Concepts in Theory and Practice," IEEE Power and Energy Magazine,vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 70-79, Nov. 2012. DOI: 10.1109/MPE.2012.2212613.
  3. B.M. Grainger, G.F. Reed, A.R. Sparacino, and P.T. Lewis, “Power Electronics for Grid Scale Energy Storage”, Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 102, no.6, pp. 1000-1013, June 2014. DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2014.2319819.
  4. A. Barchowsky, B. M. Grainger, P. T. Lewis, A. C. Cardoza, G. F. Reed, and D. J. Carnovale, “Design and Realization of an Innovative Workbench for Electric Power Systems Laboratories”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 2894-2901, 2015. DOI: 10.1109/TPWRS.2014.2371825.
  5. V. Kounev, D. Tipper, A. Yavuz, B.M. Grainger, and G.F. Reed, “A Secure Communication Architecture for Distributed Microgrid Control,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 2484-2492, 2015. DOI: 10.1109/TSG.2015.2424160.
  6. S.M Whaite, B.M. Grainger, and A. Kwasinski. “Power Quality in DC Power Distribution Systems and Microgrids,” Energies 2015, vol. 8, no. 5, pp 4378-4399, May 2015.  DOI:  10.3390/en8054378.
  7. P.T. Lewis, B.M. Grainger, H.A. Hassan, A. Barchowsky, and G.F. Reed, “Fault Section Identification Protection Algorithm for Modular Multilevel Converter Based High Voltage DC with a Hybrid Transmission Corridor,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 63, no. 9, pp. 5652-5662, Sept. 2016.  DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2016.2582458.
  8. K.M. Kelly-Pitou, Anais Ostroski +, Brandon Contino+, Brandon Grainger, Alexis Kwasinski, and Gregory Reed, “Microgrids and Resilience:  Using a Systems Approach to achieve Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Goals,” Elsevier, Dec. 2017 (To Appear)
    + - Undergraduate researcher
  9. Joseph Kozak, Brandon Grainger, Raghav Khanna, and William Stanchina. “Prediction and Verification of Expected Electronic and Thermal Behavior for SiC MOSFETS and Si IGBTs under Varying Switching Frequency”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2017. (Submitted)
  10. Hashim A. Al Hassan, Andrew Reiman, Gregory Reed, Zhi-Hong Mao, and Brandon Grainger. “Model-Based Fault Detection of Inverter-Based Microgrids”, IET Generation, Transmission, and Distribution 2017. (Submitted)
  11. G. F. Reed, B. M. Grainger, H. Bassi, E. Taylor, Z.-H. Mao, A.K. Jones, “Analysis of High Capacity Power Electronic Technologies for Integration of Green Energy Management,” Proc. 2010 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, pp. 1-10. New Orleans, LA (April 19-22 2010).  DOI: 10.1109/TDC.2010.5484374.
  12. G. F. Reed, L. A. Solomon, and B. M. Grainger, “Prototype Development of a Full-Bridge Isolated Boost Converter for Solar Photovoltaic Systems Integration,” 2010 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe (IGST Europe), pp. 1-6. Gothenberg, Sweden (October 11-13 2010). DOI: 10.1109/ISGTEUROPE.2010.5638954.
  13. G. F. Reed, B. M. Grainger, M. J. Korytowski, and E. J. Taylor, “Modeling, Analysis and Validation of a Preliminary Design of a 20kV Medium Voltage DC Substation,” 2011 IEEE EnergyTech, pp.1-8. Cleveland, OH (May 25-26 2011).  DOI: 10.1109/EnergyTech.2011.5948526.
  14. A. R. Sparacino, G. F. Reed, R. J. Kerestes, B. M. Grainger, and Z. T. Smith, “Survey of Battery Energy Storage Systems and Modeling Techniques,”  2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, pp. 1-8. San Diego, CA (July 22-26 2012). DOI: 10.1109/PESGM.2012.6345071.
  15. G. F. Reed, B. M. Grainger, A. R. Sparacino, R. J. Kerestes, and M. J. Korytowski, “Advancements in Medium Voltage DC Architecture Development with Applications for Power Electric Vehicle Charging Stations,” 2012 IEEE EnergyTech, pp. 1-8. Cleveland, OH (May 29-31 2012).  DOI: 10.1109/EnergyTech.2012.6304641.
  16. A. R. Sparacino, B. M. Grainger, R. J. Kerestes, and G. F. Reed, “Design and Simulation of a DC Electric Vehicle Charging Station Connected to a Medium Voltage DC Infrastructure,”  Proc. 2012 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exhibition (ECCE), pp. 1168-1175. Raleigh, NC (Sept 15-20 2012). DOI: 10.1109/ECCE.2012.6342685.
  17. G. F. Reed, B. M. Grainger, A. R. Sparacino, E. J. Taylor, M. J. Korytowski, and Z.-H. Mao, “Medium Voltage DC Technology Developments, Applications, and Trends,” Cigre 2012 Grid of the Future Symposium, Kansas City, MO. Oct. 2012.
  18. G. F. Reed, H. A. Al Hassan, M. J. Korytowski, P. T. Lewis, and B. M. Grainger, “Comparison of HVAC and HVDC Solutions for Offshore Wind Farms with a Procedure for Economic Evaluation,” 2013 IEEE EnergyTech, pp. 1-7. Cleveland, OH (May 21-23 2013). DOI: 10.1109/EnergyTech.2013.6645302.
  19. B. M. Grainger, O. V. Scioscia, E. Lin, T. McDermott, and G. F. Reed, “Prediction and Experimental Verification of Core Loss and Temperature Distribution for Geometrically Scaled FINEMET Toroid’s using Finite Element Analysis,”  Proc. 29th IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC 2014), pp. 2615-2620. Fort Worth, TX (March 16-20, 2014).  DOI: 10.1109/APEC.2014.6803673.
  20. B. M. Grainger, A. Barchowsky, P. T. Lewis, G. F. Reed, and D. J. Carnovale, “Electric Power Laboratory Workbench for Training the Next Generation of Engineering Professionals,” Proc. 2014 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, pp. 1-5. Chicago, IL (April 14-17, 2014). DOI:  10.1109/TDC.2014.6863497.
  21. B. M. Grainger, V. Kounev, G. F. Reed, T. E. McDermott, D. Tipper, and Z.-H. Mao, “Analysis of an Offshore Medium Voltage DC Microgrid Environment – Part I:  Power Sharing Controller Design,” Proc. 2014 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, pp. 1-5.  Chicago, IL (April 14-17, 2014).  DOI: 10.1109/TDC.2014.6863497.
  22. V. Kounev, B. M. Grainger, G. F. Reed, and D. Tipper, “Analysis of an Offshore Medium Voltage DC Microgrid Environment – Part II:  Distributed Power Control Network Architecture,” Proc. 2014 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, pp. 1-5.  Chicago, IL (April 14-17, 2014).  DOI: 10.1109/TDC.2014.6863567.
  23. B. M. Grainger and G.F. Reed, “Methods and Approaches for Developing the Future Leaders of the Electric Power and Energy Industries,” Proc. 121st American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exhibition, pp. 1-21. Indianapolis, IN (June 15-18, 2014).
  24. B.M. Grainger, Oreste Scioscia and G.F. Reed, “Bringing Down the Volume,” ANSYS Advantage, vol. 8, no.3, pp. 1-4, Nov. 2014.
  25. Velin Kounev, David Tipper, Martin Lévesque, Brandon Grainger, Thomas McDermott, and Gregory Reed, "A Microgrid Co-simulation Framework," Proc. IEEE Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (MSCPES), pp. 1-6. Seattle, WA (April 13-17, 2015). DOI: 10.1109/MSCPES.2015.7115398.
  26. B.M. Grainger, G.F. Reed and Zhi-Hong Mao, "Model Reference Controller Design for Stabilizing Constant Power Loads in an Offshore Medium Voltage DC Microgrid," 2015 IEEE 16th Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), pp. 1-8. British Columbia, Canada (July 12- 15 2015). DOI: 10.1109/COMPEL.2015.7236495.
  27. H. A. A. Hassan, B. M. Grainger, T. E. McDermott and G. F. Reed, "Fault location identification of a hybrid HVDC-VSC system containing cable and overhead line segments using transient data," 2016 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition (T&D), Dallas, TX, 2016, pp. 1-5.  DOI: 10.1109/TDC.2016.7519924.
  28. B. M. Grainger, P. T. Lewis and G. F. Reed, "DC Circulating Fault Current Suppression using a Series Resonant Circuit for a 1000 MW, +/- 500 kV Modular Multilevel Converter based HVDC System," 2016 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition (T&D), Dallas, TX, 2016, pp. 1-5.  DOI: 10.1109/TDC.2016.7519954.
  29. G. F. Reed, B. M. Grainger, M. Kempker, P.A. Bierer, A. Such, B. Buterbaugh, D. Sullivan, and J. Paramalingam. “Technical Requirements and Design of the Indianapolis Power & Light 138 kV Southwest Static Var Compensator”," 2016 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition (T&D), Dallas, TX, 2016, pp. 1-5.  DOI: 10.1109/TDC.2016.7519854.
  30. Joseph Kozak, Ansel Barchowsky, Brandon Grainger, Chance Turner, Richard Delancey, Gregory Reed, and William Stanchina. "Design and Manufacturability of a High Power Density M2C Inverter," 2016 International Symposium on 3D Power Electronics Integration and Manufacturing (3D-PEIM), Raleigh, NC, USA, 2016, pp. 1-15.  DOI: 10.1109/3DPEIM.2016.7570559.
  31. B. M. Grainger, Qinhao Zhang, G. F. Reed and Z. H. Mao, "Modern controller approaches for stabilizing constant power loads within a DC microgrid while considering system delays," 2016 IEEE 7th International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG), Vancouver, BC, 2016, pp. 1-6.  DOI: 10.1109/PEDG.2016.7527001.
  32. Ansel Barchowsky, Joseph Kozak, Brandon Grainger, Gregory Reed, and William Stanchina. “A 2kW, High Power Density (100W/in3), Gallium Nitride Based, Parallel Modular Multilevel Inverter”, Proc. of the 2016 ASNE Advanced Machinery Technology Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, USA, May 2016.
  33. Ansel Barchowsky, Andrew Bulman, Brandon Grainger and Gregory Reed. “Improved Designs of High Power Density Inverters for 380Vdc Based Microgrid Architectures”, Proc. 2016 IEEE Intelec, Austin, TX, October 2016, pp. 1-7.  DOI: 10.1109/INTLEC.2016.7749142
  34. A. Barchowsky, J. P. Kozak, B. M. Grainger, W. E. Stanchina and G. F. Reed, "A GaN-based modular multilevel DC-DC converter for high-density anode discharge power modules," 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 2017, pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.1109/AERO.2017.7943768
  35. P. T. Lewis, B. M. Grainger and S. Huang, "Silicon and SiC MOSFET electro-thermal performance assessment within smart distributed generation inverters with dynamic reactive compensation grid support for resilient microgrids," 2017 IEEE 18th Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), Stanford, CA, USA, 2017, pp. 1-6. DOI: 10.1109/COMPEL.2017.8013282
  36.  Christopher Scioscia and Brandon Grainger, “Efficiency Optimization and Autonomous Converter Support via a Modular Resonance Unit,” Proc. 2017 IEEE Electric Ship Technology Symposium (ESTS), Arlington, VA, 2017, pp. 572-579. doi: 10.1109/ESTS.2017.8069339
  37.  Hashim Al Hassan, Qiang Fu, Vijay Bhavaraju, Yi Yang, and Brandon Grainger, “High-Speed Algorithm for Renewable Energy Based-Microgrid Fault Detection and Protective Coordination,”  Proc. 2017 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exhibition (ECCE), Cincinnati, OH, USA, 2017, pp. 519-525.  doi: 10.1109/ECCE.2017.8095827
  38.  Benjamin Cao, Brandon Grainger, Wang Xin, Yu Zou, and Zhi-Hong Mao, “Direct Torque Model Predictive Control of a Poly-Phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with Current Harmonic Suppression and Loss Reduction,”  Proc. 2018 Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition, pp. San Antonio, Tx, March 2018 (Accepted)
  39.  Matthieu Bertin, Brandon Grainger, and Thomas McDermott, “Counterpoise Model Implementation and New Graphical User-Interface for Lightning Transient Analysis in OpenEtran,” 2018 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition (T&D), Denver, CO, 2018, pp. 1-5.  (Accepted)
  40.  Brandon Grainger, Samuel Dickerson, and Robert Kerestes, “An Active Learning Approach for Introducing Electrical Engineering Concepts to Industrial Engineering Students,” 2018 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018, pp. 1-X (Abstract Accepted)


(Invited Talks)


  1. Design and Power Management of an Offshore Medium Voltage DC Microgrid Realized through High Voltage Power Electronic Technologies and Control.   IEEE Pittsburgh Power Electronics Society Chapter Meeting.  Pittsburgh, PA, January 2015.
  2. The Promise of DC Microgrids.  Microgrid Markets Summit East. Arlington, Virginia, March 16-18th 2016.
  3. Detailed Modeling and System Fault Identification of a Modular Multilevel Converter Based HVDC System with Future Applications for High Power Density System Design.  IEEE PES General Meeting Panel.  Boston, MA, July 2016.
  4. New Power Reliability Trends and the Application of Microgrids.  Energy Association of Pennsylvania.  Pittsburgh, PA, September 2016.
  5. Energy, Environment, and Equity (E3) Conference (in conjunction with CMU energy week). 
    Topic: Emerging Investment Markets: Pittsburgh’s Electric Grid Modernization Opportunities
    Role:  Panelist.  Pittsburgh, PA, March 2017.
  6. High Voltage DC Power Converter Principles Applied to the Design of Lower Power, High Dense Systems.  IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition Panel. Cincinnati, OH, October 2017.
Title: Communication-less Fault Section Identification Method for Hybrid HVDC Transmission Corridors
Innovator(s): P.T. Lewis; B. M. Grainger; H. A. Hassan; G.F. Reed
Pitt OTM Ref No.: 03496
Date: June 1st, 2015
Status: Provisional Patent Filed on May 27th, 2015 (No. 62/166,869)
     International Patent Application on May 19th, 2016 (PCT/US2016/033218)