Yue Cao
Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering

3027 Kelley Engineering Center
Corvallis, OR 97331-5501
(541) 737-8201
(541) 737-1300


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 2017
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 2013
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. (honors) Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, 2011
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Yue Cao is an assistant professor in energy systems at Oregon State University. Before joining OSU, he was a research scientist in the propulsions team at Amazon Prime Air in Seattle, WA. He has been a power electronics engineer intern with special projects group at Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA; Halliburton Company, Houston, TX; Flanders Electric, Evansville, IN; and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. His research interests include power electronics, motor drives, and energy storage with applications in transportation electrification, renewable energy integration, and energy efficient buildings.

Cao received the Myron Zucker student award from the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) in 2010. He was a Sundaram Seshu Fellow at UIUC in 2016, where he was a James M. Henderson Fellow in 2012. He has been rated as an excellent teaching assistant for multiple years 2013-2016. Cao served as the industry and tutorials co-chair of the 2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE). He was the corresponding technical programs chair of the 2016 IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI). From 2012 to 2013, he was the president of the IEEE PES/PELS/IAS Student Chapter at UIUC. Since 2014, Cao has been an invited reviewer for ten different IEEE transactions, journals, and magazines. He is currently an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification.


Research Group(s)

Research Interests

  • Power electronics
  • Motor drives 
  • Energy storage 
  • Transportation electrification (aircraft, UAV, EV) 
  • Energy efficient and smart buildings
  • Microgrids and smart grids
  • Electric-thermal integrated systems