Dr Daniel Donaldson BSc, MEng, PhD, PE

Dr Daniel Donaldson

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Assistant Professor

Contact details

Address
School of Engineering
Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Daniel Donaldson leads interdisciplinary research to enhance the planning and operation of electrical grids around the world. His experience spans industry and academia and he is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the US State of California.

Qualifications

Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2022
  • MEng in Electrical Engineering, University of Idaho, 2015
  • BSc (Summa Cum Laude) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, California Baptist University, 2012

Biography

Dr Daniel Donaldson graduated with a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from California Baptist University, USA in 2012.

From 2011 to 2018, he worked for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States in roles spanning Distribution Engineering, Transmission Planning, and Demand & Distributed Energy Resource Forecasting. While at SCE he completed his MEng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho (2015), and also was licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of California (2015).

In 2018, he left SCE to pursue a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, where his research focused on resilience assessment of electrical power systems with wildfires and low-carbon technologies. He completed the PhD and took up the post of Assistant Professor in 2022.

Teaching

MSc Programme in Electrical Power Systems:

  • Fundamentals of MATLAB Computing for Electrical Power Systems

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Daniel Donaldson is happy to supervise prospective students in the following areas:

  • Power System Planning and Operation
  • Infrastructure Resilience
  • Forecasting (Load and Renewable Generation)
  • Power System Climate Adaptation and Vulnerability

Please get in touch with him via email if you are interested in pursuing a PhD under his supervision. Qualified and highly motivated students are also welcome to apply for one of our open opportunities here: Postgraduate doctoral research programmes.

Research

My research interests include:

  • Power System Planning and Operation
  • Infrastructure Resilience
  • Forecasting (Load and Renewable Generation)
  • Power System Climate Adaptation and Vulnerability

Other activities

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering, California, USA
  • Secretary, IEEE Modern and Future Distribution System Planning Working Group
  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution

Publications

Recent publications

  • Alvarez-Alvarado, M. S., Donaldson, D. L., Recalde, A. A., Noriega, H., Khan, Z. A., Velasquez, W., & Rodríguez-Gallegos, C. D. (2022). Power System Reliability and Maintenance Evolution: A Critical Review and Future Perspectives. IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 51922-51950.
  • Donaldson, D. L. and D. Jayaweera (2022). Integrating Geospatial Data for Weather Station Selection and Enhanced Electric Load Forecasting. In: 2022 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), pp. 1-5.Donaldson, D. L., D. M. Piper, and D. Jayaweera (2021). Temporal Solar Photovoltaic Generation Capacity Reduction From Wildfire Smoke. IEEE Access, vol. 9, pp. 79841-79852.
  • Donaldson, D. L. and D. Jayaweera (2020). Effective Solar Prosumer Identification Using Net Smart Meter Data. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems 118, 105823.
  • Donaldson, D. L. and D. Jayaweera (2020). Weather Informed Need Attributes for Non-Wires Alternatives in Distribution Networks. In: 2020 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM), pp.1–5.
  • Donaldson, D. L., M. S. Alvarez-Alvarado, and D. Jayaweera (2020). Power System Resiliency During Wildfires Under Increasing Penetration of Electric Vehicles. In: 2020 International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS), pp.1–6.