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Robert Kerestes

Associate Professor
Director of Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Robert Kerestes, PhD, is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and the Director of the Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. Robert was born in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He got his B.S. (2010), his M.S (2012). and his PhD (2014) from the University of Pittsburgh, all with a concentration in electric power systems. Prior to his time at Pitt, Robert has worked as a physical system simulation modeler for Emerson Process Management, working on electric power applications for Emerson’s Ovation Embedded Simulator. Robert also served in the United States Navy as an interior communications electrician from 1998-2002 on active duty and from 2002-2006 in the US Naval Reserves.


PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2012 - 2014

MSEE, University of Pittsburgh, 2010 - 2012

BSEE, University of Pittsburgh, 2007 - 2010

Clark, R.M., Dickerson, S., Bedewy, M., Chen, K.P., Dallal, A., Gomez, A., Hu, J., Kerestes, R., & Luangkesorn, L. (2020). Social-Driven Propagation of Active Learning and Associated Scholarship Activity in Engineering: A Case Study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION, 36(5), 1667-1680.

Weimann, C.S., Kerestes, R.J., & Grainger, B.M. (2020). Comparative Analysis of Experimental DC Arc Flash Results to Industry Estimation Methods. IEEE Open Journal of Industry Applications, 1, 181-193.Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi: 10.1109/ojia.2020.3031768.

Landis, A., Kerestes, R., Sanchez, D., & Kerzmann, T. (2024). Creating Interdisciplinary Sustainability Focused Projects for Engineering Students Through Industry Partnerships. In 2024 ASEE North Central Section Conference Proceedings.ASEE Conferences. doi: 10.18260/1-2--45602.

Kerestes, R., Clark, R., & Wu, Z. (2021). Enhanced Student Engagement through Teamwork, Gamification, and Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices in an Electromagnetics Course. In 2021 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/fie49875.2021.9637476.

Nguyen, S., Abdelhakim, M., & Kerestes, R. (2021). Survey Paper of Digital Twins and their Integration into Electric Power Systems. In 2021 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/pesgm46819.2021.9638011.

Veurink, T., Fox, B., Helbig, S., Penizotto, D., Kerestes, R., & Grainger, B. (2021). Resiliency in the Home Office through a Scaled-Down Microgrid. In 2021 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.

Cook, T., Kerestes, R.J., & Grainger, B.M. (2019). Visualizing Power Quality Phenomena in a Hands-On Electric Power Systems Laboratory. In 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.Tampa Bay, Florida.

Kerestes, R.J., Dolloff, P.A., & Clark, R.M. (2019). Delivery of a revamped course on electric power distribution engineering and smart grids. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Kerestes, R.J., Stokes, D., Brody, R.M., Emes, A., & Williams, A. (2019). Load detection algorithm for smart grid applications. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Cook, T.V., Lyle, J.A., & Kerestes, R.J. (2018). Work in progress: Reinforcement of engineering education with hands on learning of through technical skills. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2018-June.

Kerestes, R.J., Qu, Z., & Turgut, D. (2018). Enhanced workforce development via the 2017 FEEDER student summer program. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2018-June.

Morello, S.A., Al Hassan, H.A., Campbell, B.G., Kerestes, R.J., & Reed, G.F. (2018). Upstream Fault Detection Using Second Harmonic Magnitudes in a Grid Tied Microgrid Setting. In 2018 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM), 2018-August.IEEE. doi: 10.1109/pesgm.2018.8585777.

Kerestes, R.J., Reed, G.F., & Sparacino, A.R. (2012). Economic analysis of grid level energy storage for the application of load leveling. In 2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting.IEEE. doi: 10.1109/pesgm.2012.6345072.

Reed, G.F., Grainger, B.M., Sparacino, A.R., Kerestes, R.J., & Korytowski, M.J. (2012). Advancements in medium voltage DC architecture development with applications for powering electric vehicle charging stations. In 2012 IEEE Energytech.IEEE. doi: 10.1109/energytech.2012.6304641.

Sparacino, A.R., Grainger, B.M., Kerestes, R.J., & Reed, G.F. (2012). Design and simulation of a DC electric vehicle charging station connected to a MVDC infrastructure. In 2012 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), (pp. 1168-1175).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/ecce.2012.6342685.

Sparacino, A.R., Reed, G.F., Kerestes, R.J., Grainger, B.M., & Smith, Z.T. (2012). Survey of battery energy storage systems and modeling techniques. In 2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting.IEEE. doi: 10.1109/pesgm.2012.6345071.