Ted Brekken

Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, 2005
University of Minnesota

M.S.E.E, Electrical Engineering, 2002
University of Minnesota

B.S.E.E., Electrical Engineering, 1999
University of Minnesota


Ted K.A. Brekken is an associate professor in energy systems at Oregon State University. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999, 2002, and 2005, respectively. He studied electric vehicle motor design at Postech in Pohang, South Korea, in 1999. He also studied wind turbine control at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway in 2004–2005 on a Fulbright scholarship. His research interests include control, power electronics, and electric drives; specifically, advanced control techniques applied to renewable energy systems. He is codirector of the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility (WESRF). He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and the IEEE Power & Energy Society 2011 Outstanding Young Engineer award.

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Researching novel direct-drive wave energy conversion technologies.

Song, J., E. Cotilla-Sanchez, and T. K. A. Brekken, "Load modeling methodologies for cascading outage simulation considering power system stability", 2013 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (Sustech), Portland, OR, IEEE, pp. 78 - 85, 08/2013. Abstract
Lewis, T. M., A. von Jouanne, and T. K. A. Brekken, "Modeling and control of a slack-moored two-body wave energy converter with finite element analysis", 2012 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Raleigh, NC, IEEE, pp. 938 - 945, 09/2012. Abstract

Top Student Oral Presenter Award

Stillinger, C. J., T. K. A. Brekken, and A. von Jouanne, "Furthering the study of real-time life extending control for ocean energy conversion", 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, San Diego, CA, IEEE, pp. 1 - 9, 07/2012. Abstract
von Jouanne, A., T. K. A. Brekken, T. Lettenmaier, E. A. Amon, and R. Phillips, "A novel Ocean Sentinel instrumentation buoy for wave energy testing", 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, San Diego, CA, IEEE, pp. 1 - 6, 07/2012. Abstract
Amon, E. A., T. K. A. Brekken, and A. A. Schacher, "Maximum Power Point Tracking for Ocean Wave Energy Conversion", IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 48, issue 3, pp. 1079 - 1086, 05/2012. Abstract
Brekken, T. K. A., T. H. Ozkan-Haller, and A. Simmons, "A Methodology for Large-Scale Ocean Wave Power Time-Series Generation", IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, vol. 37, issue 2, pp. 294 - 300, 04/2012. Abstract
Brekken, T. K. A., B. Batten, and E. A. Amon, "From Blue to Green [Ask the Experts]", IEEE Control Systems, vol. 31, issue 5, pp. 18 - 24, 10/2011. Abstract
Hapke, H. Max, Z. Wu, K. R. Haapala, and T. K. A. Brekken, "Wind power, energy technology, and environmental impact assessment", The Global Supply Web: Designing Managing, and Measuring of The Business of Sustainability: Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success, vol. 2: Praeger Press, pp. 297-309, 10/2011.
Halamay, D. A., and T. K. A. Brekken, "Monte Carlo Analysis of the impacts of high renewable power penetration", 2011 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Phoenix, AZ, IEEE, pp. 3059 - 3066, 09/2011. Abstract