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 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 DOE ARPA-E, DOE EERE, Portland General Electric, Amazon Prime Air, and Grainger Foundation.

Cao is the Tutorials Chair of IEEE ECCE 2021 (Energy Conversion Congress Expo) and the Special Sessions Chair of ECCE 2022. He was the Corresponding Technical Programs Chair of IEEE PECI 2016 (Power and Energy Conference at Illinois). He is a board member and Award Chair of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) TC11 – Aerospace Power. 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. In 2020, he helped establish an IEEE PELS Chapter at OSU. He is currently an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification.


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