• PhD: Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2014
  • BS: Electrical Engineering and its Automation, Zhejiang University, 2009

Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • Quantum Computing
  • Optimization
  • Renewable Energy
  • Machine Learning
  • Smart Grid
  • Electric Power Systems


Hello! I am Junpeng Zhan (pronounce: June-pen), an Assistant Professor at Renewable Energy Engineering, Alfred University, starting in July 2020.

I was a Research Associate Electrical Engineer in the Renewables and Grid Analysis Group, Department of Sustainable Energy Technologies (changed to Interdisciplinary Science Department now), Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, U.S.A. from Aug. 2018 to Jul. 2020. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a Visiting Research Assistant at the University of Liverpool, U.K.

I enjoy teaching and doing research at the university. I am an Associate Editor of IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution and an active reviewer for 18 different journals. My research goal is to solve the challenging science and engineering problems in the power and energy fields by developing innovative and applicable methods. I am particularly interested in NP-complete problems which are one of the most important but unsolved problems in computer science and mathematics. To solve this problem, I have recently proposed a Quantum Feasibility Labeling algorithm and a hybrid classical and quantum algorithm, Variational Quantum Search.

See my Google Site for information about me.


1. “ERI: Variational Quantum Algorithm for Power System Simulation”, a two-year project awarded by U.S. NSF in Mar. 2022 ($199,980, the sole principal investigator (PI))

2. “Advanced Manufacturing and Characterization Research of High Temperature Materials”, a five-year project funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, approved in May 2022 ($2.7M per year, co-PI)

Courses Taught

  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Power System Operation and Economics
  • Mechatronics

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA

Areas of Concentration

  • Quantum Computing
  • Smart Grid
  • Machine Learning

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