Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratory (SENSL)

For openings in my research group, please see Openings.


Hantao Cui

Assistant Professor
  • PhD, University of Tennessee
  • IEEE Senior Member

Zaid Mahmood

PhD student (Spring 2022)
  • B.S., BUET, Bangladesh

Ahmad Ali

PhD student (Spring 2022)
  • M.S. in 2021, NUST, Pakistan
  • B.S. in 2016, NUST, Pakistan

Undergraduate Students

  • Evelyn Wilson, Freshman Undergraduate Researcher, OSU-ECE, 2021-2022

Former Students and Visitors

  • Paul Megna, Undergraduate Research Assistant, OSU-ECE, 2021


Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at OSU who are interested in working with Dr. Cui on research are encouraged to schedule an appointment by email. To be eligible for funded opportunities, please reach out by the end of June every year.

Master’s Student Positions

Master’s student positions are currently only offered to students who are enrolled at OSU. Students focusing on power and energy systems, scientific computing, or software engineering with a strong interest in programming are encouraged to contact Dr. Cui.

PhD Student Positions

The Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratory (SENSL) at Oklahoma State University is accepting applications for one fully funded Ph.D. student for fall 2022. The successful candidates will work with Prof. Hantao Cui in one of the following areas in collaboration with national laboratories and industry partners:

  1. Differential-algebraic equations-based modeling, simulation, and control of bulk power grids, distribution systems, and microgrids. For this area, demonstrable knowledge of power system stability and simulation is required. Proficiency in programming is a plus.

  2. High-performance scientific computing and software engineering for power systems. For this area, proficiency in one of the following programming languages are required: C, C++, MATLAB, Python, or Julia. Knowledge of HPC, CUDA, FPGA, or distributed memory systems is a plus.

  3. Machine learning for power system stability, control and operation. Knowledge of power system stability and machine learning is required. Experience in physics-informed neural networks is strongly desired.

Candidates who meet the above requirements with a strong background in power, control, or computing are required. Candidates with a Master’s degree in related fields will be given preferences.

Please send inquiries to Hantao Cui with your CV, transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS/GRE scores, and one sample publication if applicable. A minimum GPA of 80% and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 is required. Also, check out the graduate application process at All inquiries will be carefully reviewed. Please understand that due to the high volume of emails, it is impossible to reply to every inquiry. Dr. Cui will follow up if further actions are needed.

Prof. Cui is the author of the power system analysis software ANDES, which is being used worldwide in universities and laboratories for research. He is presently developing laboratory facilities for high-performance power systems computing and real-time closed-loop simulation. For further information regarding research, please see the Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratory website at

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University has a history of strong power programs. Students have access to the OSU Pete Supercomputer and state-of-the-art computing facilities. Oklahoma State University is in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a safe city of 50,000 residents with affordable housing of high quality. Stillwater is about 65 miles from two cosmopolitan cities—Tulsa and Oklahoma City—that are replete with restaurants, entertainment, museums, sporting events, major airports, and shopping.

Applications for admission in the fall of 2022 are due March 31, 2022.