26 Nov 2008
Professor Marija Ilić is to take up the new TU Delft chair in ‘Control of future electricity network operations’ on 1 December. Professor Ilić is considered to be one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of future electricity networks.
The appointment of Prof. Marija Ilić (1951) to TU Delft is for an initial five-year period. She will continue in her position as Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Marija Ilić’s chair is unique in its total commitment to electricity infrastructures for the future, according to Prof. Margot Weijnen, Head of the Department of Infrastructure Systems & Services of the TU Delft Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM).
Prof. Weijnen adds, "The task of shaping the development of a sustainable, reliable and affordable electricity network for future generations, taking into account the quick rise in decentralised and sustainable capacity for electricity production and decentralised electricity storage, is a serious and important one that requires extensive knowledge of energy systems control and regulation. Marija Ilić is without doubt one of the leading researchers in the field, and we are honoured to have her join our team."
TU Delft and Carnegie Mellon University are already partners in the Next Generation Infrastructures (NGInfra) research programme. Professor Ilić’s appointment will strengthen the existing ties between the two universities. The NGInfra programme brings together experts in the fields of energy systems, IT systems, infrastructure economics, policy and management.
A courtesy appointment is awarded with the Electrical Engineering Department in the TU Delft Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Professor Ilić will give an inaugural address at TU Delft during the first year of her appointment.
Prof. Margot Weijnen, +31 (15) 278 80 74, M.P.C.Weijnen@tudelft.nl