Luigi Vanfretti

Professor
Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering

Luigi Vanfretti received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electric power engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He is a Full Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, since 2022, where he was a tenured Associate Professor from 2017-6/2022. At RPI, he leads research projects in his laboratory and with his research team, ALSETLab, on "electrified systems". 

Prof. Vanfretti has held appointments in prestigious international institutions, having been a Visiting Faculty at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia in 2019, and in 2022 a Visiting Professor at the Laboratoire Ampère of the École Centrale de Lyon and the SuperGrid Institute, both located in Lyon, France.

Before joining RPI, Prof. Vanfretti was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor (tenured) and a Docent with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, from 2010 to 2013 and from 2013 to 2017, respectively, where he led the SmarTS Lab (a research group and lab).

In addition to his academic duties, through Vanfretti Consulting LLC, Dr. Vanfretti serves as a consultant for utilities and research institutions, including Dominion Energy in VA, US, the SuperGrid Institute in Lyon, France, and CENACE (the power system operator of Ecuador), Quito, Ecuador, to name a few.

Past professional and industrial experience also includes his work at Statnett SF, the Norwegian transmission system operator, from 2013 to 2016, as a Special Advisor with the Research and Development Department and as a Consultant, from 2011 to 2012 and in 2017. 

Focus Area

electric power engineering