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 a fifth-year assistant professor in energy systems at Oregon State University (OSU). 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 or power systems engineer intern with special projects group at Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA; Halliburton Company, Houston, TX; Flanders Electric, Evansville, IN; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN; and Memphis Light Gas & Water – Utility, TN. His research interests include power electronics, motor drives, and energy storage with applications in renewable energy integration and transportation electrification. He has been a PI or co-PI of multiple projects sponsored by NSF, DOE ARPA-E, DOE EERE, DOE NETL, NAVFAC, Portland General Electric, Amazon Prime Air, and Grainger Foundation.

Cao is a recipient of the 2022 NSF CAREER award. He is selected into National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontier of Engineering (FOE) Class of 2022. He won the Oregon State Learning Innovation Grant for transformative education in 2020. He was a Sundaram Seshu Fellow at UIUC in 2016, where he was a James M. Henderson Fellow in 2012. He received the Myron Zucker student award from the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) in 2010. He was a national finalist of the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) in 2006 and 2007. Cao is the Special Sessions Chair of IEEE ECCE 2022 (Energy Conversion Congress Expo) and the Tutorials Chair of ECCE 2021. He is a board member and Award Chair of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) TC11 – Aerospace Power. Since 2019, Cao has served as an invited panelist for multiple DOE and NSF proposal reviews. In 2020, he helped establish an IEEE PELS Chapter at OSU. He is currently an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.


Research Group(s)

Research Interests

  • Power electronics
  • Motor drives 
  • Energy storage 
  • Transportation electrification (aircraft, UAV, EV) 
  • Renewable energy (hydrokinetic, wave, solar)
  • Microgrids and energy efficient buildings
  • Machine learning enabled design optimization
  • Electric-thermal integrated systems