David Ganger

David Ganger

Email: dganger[at]asu.edu
Offices: ERC 583, GWC 446

School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287

I am working on improving the stability of the smart grid system with high penetrations of renewables, under Dr. Vijay Vittal and Dr. Junshan Zhang.


PhD, Electrical EngineeringExpected May 2016

Arizona State University

  • Studying the integration of wind power into the power system

BSE, Electrical EngineeringMay 2011

Arizona State University, GPA 4.0

  • Barrett, The Honors College
  • Minor: Math
Research Experience

Graduate Research Associate
ASU - Tempe, AZ2011-present

  • Applied extreme value analysis on wind deviations from forecasts
  • Worked on wind integration in the power system

Transmission Asset Management Intern
MISO - Eagan, MN Summer 2015

  • Related market inputs to LMPs at commercial hubs
  • Improved on processes for transmission project screening for benefit/cost ratio analysis within the economic studies team

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research Assistant
ORNL - Oak Ridge, TNSummer 2012

  • Investigated viability of cyber attacks through load deviations resulting in hetero-parametric resonance
  • Designed voltage collapse stability index and tested on eastern interconnect system model

Undergraduate Thesis
ASU - Tempe, AZ2010-2011

  • Design of a deep-sea distributed methane and pH sensor network for study on potential energy solutions and ocean acidification

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Enlighten - Pacific OceanSummer 2010

  • Enlighten '10 Research Cruise on Thompson, Northeast Pacific Ocean
  • Designed and field-tested sensors and optical communication equipment produced in the lab, testing for viability and optimizing mid-range deep-sea optical communications

Undergraduate Research Assistant
ASU - Tempe, AZ2009-2011

  • Center for BIosignatures Discovery Automation, The Biodesign Institute, ASU
  • Designed and produced deep-sea sensor systems for a wireless sensor network to allow for accessibility to ocean science and exploration under the NSF Regional Scale Nodes project

Undergraduate Research Assistant
ASU - Tempe, AZ2008-2009

  • Center for Bio-optical Nanotechnology, The Biodesign Institute, ASU
  • Visualized structure of man-made protein with protein crystallization

Research Assistant
ASU - Tempe, AZSummer 2007

  • Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors, The Biodesign Institute, ASU
  • Studied and presented project on gold-polypyrrole uses as an actuator
Selected Awards and Recognition
  • Gerald T. Heydt Scholarship in Power Engineering, 2015
  • Joseph A. Barkson Fellowship, 2014
  • I-Corps Top Entrepreneur, National Science Foundation, 2014
  • GIL Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, 2012
  • Dean's Fellowship, 2011
  • Fulton Fellowship, 2011
  • Moeur Award, 2011
  • NASA Space Grant, 2010
  • Distinguished Senior Award, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, 2010
Co-Curricular Activities

NASA Informal Education 2010-2011

Led academic outreach programs to increase general public interest in science

Chinese Undergraduate Student Association 2008-2011

Held garage sales for undergraduate scholarship funds

Honors Study Abroad 2008

Studied economic globalization and culture


D. Ganger, J. Zhang, and V. Vittal, "Statistical Characterization of Wind Power Ramps Via Extreme Value Analysis," IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. PP, no. 99, pp. 1-2, Apr. 2014.

D. Ganger, J. Zhao, M. Hedayati, and A. Mandadi, "A Review and Simulation on Real Time Reactive Power Spot Markets," IEEE NAPS 2013, pp. 1-5, Sept. 2013.

D. Ganger and A. Ewaisha,"Distribution Constraints on Resource Allocation of PEV Load in the Power Grid," IEEE NAPS 2013, pp. 1-5, Sept. 2013.

A. Mora, D. Ganger, G. Wells, J. Zhang, X. Hu, C. Zhou, A. Richa, and C. Youngbull, "Ad-hoc Multi-hop Underwater Optical Network for Deep Ocean Monitoring," IEEE OCEANS - San Diego, pp. 1-5, Sept. 2013.