Luigi Vanfretti

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
JEC 6022

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. 


Post Doc., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2010. 

Ph.D in Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2009. 

MSc in Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2007. Major: Electric Power. Minor: Control Systems.

Visiting Researcher, The University of Glasgow, Fall 2005.

Electrical Engineering Degree, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Spring 2005.

Focus Area

electric power engineering

Selected Scholarly Works

M. Podlaski, L. Vanfretti, A. Khare, M. Sumption, and P. Ansell, “Multi-Domain Modeling and Simulation of High Temperature Superconducting Transmission Lines under Short Circuit Fault Conditions,” IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, doi: 10.1109/TTE.2021.3131271. Special Issue on Electrified Aircraft Technologies.

Prottay M. Adhikari, Hossein Hooshyar, Randall J. Fitsik, Luigi Vanfretti, “Precision timing and communication networking experiments in a real-time power grid hardware-in-the-loop laboratory,” Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks, 2021, 100549, ISSN 2352-4677.

C. Mishra, L. Vanfretti and K. D. Jones, “Synchrophasor Phase Angle Data Unwrapping Using an Unscented Kalman Filter,” in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 4868-4871, Sept. 2021, doi: 10.1109/TPWRS.2021.3089027.

B. Mukherjee, M. de Castro Fernandes, L. Vanfretti, “A PMU-Based Control Scheme for Islanded Operation and Re-synchronization of DER,” International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, Volume 133, 2021, 107217, ISSN 0142-0615,

Sjoerd Boersma, Xavier Bombois, Luigi Vanfretti, Juan-Carlos Gonzalez-Torres, Abdelkrim Benchaib, "Probing signal design for enhanced damping estimation in power networks," International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, Volume 129, 2021, 106640, ISSN 0142-0615,

F. Fachini, L. Vanfretti, M. de Castro, and T. Bogodorova, and G. Laera “Modeling and Validation of Renewable Energy Sources in the OpenIPSL Modelica Library,” 47th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON), October 13-16, 2021.

M. Podlaski, L. Vanfretti, J. Monteneiri, A. Khare, J. Lewin and E. Segall, “Towards VR-based Early Design Interaction for Electric Vertical Take-off & Landing (eVTOL) Cyber-Physical Models,” NAFEMS World Congress 2021, Salzburg, Austria, October 25-29, 2021.

S.A. Dorado-Rojas, T. Bogodorova, and L. Vanfretti, “Time Series-Based Small-Signal Stability Assessment using Deep Learning,” The 53rd North American Power Symposium (NAPS 2021), November 14-16, 2021, College Station, Texas, USA.

C. Canham, M. Podlaski and L. Vanfretti, “Guidance, Navigation, and Control enabling Retrograde Landing of a First Stage Rocket,” 14th International Modelica Conference, Linköping, September 20-24, 2021.

M. Podlaski, R. Niemiec, L. Vanfretti, and F. Gandhi, “Multi-Domain Electric Drivetrain Modeling for UAM-Scale eVTOL Aircraft” The Vertical Flight Society's 77th Annual Forum & Technology Display, May 11-13, 2021.