Gregory Kish

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept

Pronouns: He/Him


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept
(780) 492-7086
5-273 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Power Electronics Power Systems HVDC MVDC Modular Multilevel Converters DC Grids Real Time Simulation


Dr. Gregory Kish received the B.E.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Western Ontario, where he was awarded the Governor General’s Silver Academic Medal, and received both his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Kish worked in industry where he was involved in many projects related to electrical energy systems, ranging from PLCs, electric drives and rotating machines to high-voltage electrical substations. He joined the University of Alberta in 2015.

Dr. Kish is a senior member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), and is also a member of CIGRE. From 2017-2021, he was a member of CIGRE international Working Group B4.76 "DC-DC converters in HVDC Grids and for connections to HVDC systems". Dr. Kish is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta (APEGA) and Ontario (PEO) and is an IEEE Senior Member.


Dr. Kish's research team carries out research at the intersection of power electronics and power systems, with a focus on addressing the many challenges arising due to the evolving landscape of electric power grids. Key activities include the development and application of new modular power electronic converter systems to enhance grid functionality, at both transmission and distribution levels, as well as to facilitate the large-scale integration of renewable energy resources. An emphasis is placed on applications involving high-voltage dc (HVDC) and medium-voltage dc (MVDC) systems and hybrid ac/dc grids. Interests also include microgrids, grid connected energy storage and other systems concepts and technologies falling under the broad “smart grid” label.

Current Research Activities

  • Medium- to high-power modular converter systems for dc and ac grids
  • Grid integration of renewable energy systems
  • Dc power networks, including HVDC grids and MVDC distribution
  • Mixed (i.e. hybrid) ac/dc systems
  • Fault blocking converters for dc grid applications


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ECE 209 - Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

Physical concepts of passive circuit elements, Kirchhoff's laws and DC circuit equations. Energy concepts, time domain analysis of AC circuits. Impedance, complex numbers and phasor algebra. AC power concepts, resonance, three phase circuits, introduction to machines. Credit may be obtained in only one of ECE 209, E E 239, ECE 202, or E E 240, unless approved by the Department.

ECE 330 - Introduction to Power Engineering

Overview of power concepts, network equations, three-phase circuits, transformer and its characteristics, per-unit calculation, transmission lines and their basic operational characteristics, introduction to power system operation. Prerequisite: ECE 203 or E E 250. Credit may be obtained in only one of ECE 330 or E E 330.

ECE 433 - Power System Stability and Transients

Introduction to power system transient states. Power system voltage stability; PV and QV curve methods. Power system angular stability; transient stability and equal area criterion; steady-state stability and power system stabilizer. Electromagnetic transients in power systems, insulation coordination and equipment protection. Methods of power system design and simulation. Prerequisites: ECE 330 or E E 330, and ECE 332 or E E 332. Credit may be obtained in only one of ECE 433 or E E 433.

ECE 631 - HVDC Systems

This course covers high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems and associated power electronic converter topologies, with substantial attention given to line commutated converter (LCC) and modular multilevel converter (MMC) technologies. Major topics include i) modeling, analysis, operation and control of classical HVDC systems using six-pulse and multi-pulse LCCs, ii) modeling, analysis, operation and control of voltage-sourced converter based HVDC systems, iii) modeling, analysis, operation and control of the MMC for HVDC applications, iv) overview of multiterminal HVDC schemes including HVDC grids, introduction to HVDC line power tapping and Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) Controllers.

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