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Jesse Leonard

Research Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D., 2014 - Florida State University
Electrical Engineering
B.S., 2010 - Florida State University
Electrical Engineering

Contact Information
Office: CU Restoration Institute
Office Phone: 864.554.7226


Dr. Leonard received his BS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University at the Center for Advanced Power Systems. While at FSU he participated in Office of Naval Research projects for early-stage design of more-electric ships, specifically medium-voltage DC (MVDC) electrical architectures through the Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium (ESRDC). During the summer of 2013 he was a researcher at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY in the Electric Propulsion Systems laboratory. In 2014 he joined Clemson University at the Duke Energy eGRID Center in Charleston, SC. In 2017 he became involved with the IEEE 1547 working group for Distributed Energy Resources and the IEEE P2004 working group for Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL).


  • Medium voltage test equipment for grid integration evaluation and testing of power conversion systems
  • Real-time control and data acquisition with Labview Real-Time and Labview FPGA
  • Modeling and simulation of power conversion systems
  • Controller verification methods using Controller Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) and real-time simulation with RTDS

Resent Projects

  • Various collaborations with OEMs, utilities, and National Laboratories to evaluate high power wind, solar, and storage systems
  • Next generation medium voltage high speed machines with SiC MOSFET based drives