Arevalo awarded IEEE Control Systems Society Graduate Collaboration Fellowship

Visiting research scholar to develop accessible and affordable microgrid technology for rural communities.

Felipe Arevalo headshot

Felipe Arevalo, visiting research scholar in electrical and computer engineering, has received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society Graduate Collaboration Fellowship. 

This fellowship supports collaborative research with faculty members of well-established institutions in the area of Systems and Control and outstanding graduate students from developing geographical regions. Arevalo was one of only 10 scholars worldwide to receive this award.

Arevalo plans to use the fellowship opportunity to collaborate with César Uribe, Louis Owen Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, to develop technologies that will power rural communities in his home country of Colombia. 

“We are currently developing distributed adaptive control algorithms that allow us to improve reinforcement learning algorithms,” said Arevalo. These developments will be applied to synchronized microgrids, which can be used efficiently and affordably in rural populations. 

This award was presented at the 62nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Dec. 13-15, 2023, in Singapore. 

Arevalo is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and is a Fulbright student at Rice. His research focus is network and control theory with distributed optimization.