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 is the Tutorials Chair of IEEE ECCE 2021 (Energy Conversion Congress Expo), and was a Local and Industry co-Chair of ECCE 2018. He was the Corresponding Technical Programs Chair of IEEE PECI 2016 (Power and Energy Conference at Illinois). Cao is a recipient of the OSU 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. Since 2019, Cao has served as an invited panelist for multiple DOE and NSF proposal reviews. 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) 
  • Machine learning enabled design optimization
  • Microgrids and energy efficient buildings
  • Electric-thermal integrated systems