Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Agile Interconnected Microgrids (AIM)

Agile Interconnected Microgrids (AIM) is a multidisciplinary research center with a broad research goal of solving long-term technical challenges of our nation's energy objective through microgrid modeling, control, and optimization. AIM has many research threads focused on achieving a single goal: scalable and flexible energy-resource planning and execution for military and commercial sectors. The areas of research include stability, optimization and control, cyber security, economics, intelligent power electronics, and human factors.

Agile microgrids of the future will efficiently use stochastic generation, stochastic loads, and minimal energy storage to deliver power in both structured and unstructured environments. Their intelligent, multimode use of vehicles, high penetration of renewable sources, and system-level efficiency offer the promise of reducing fossil-fuel consumption.

The purpose of the Center for Agile Interconnected Microgrids is to

  • develop technology and train engineers for the design, deployment, and operation of agile microgrids with high penetration renewables, both fixed and mobile assets and the ability to interconnect within a cyber-secure framework;
  • devise a curriculum and conduct commercial research that imparts engineers with the skills to solve energy-related, interdisciplinary problems and design next-generation systems; and
  • commercialize IP developed at Michigan Tech to field microgrid and cybersecurity applications.

Faculty + Research = Discovery

Our department boasts world-class faculty who have access to numerous innovative research labs and are committed to discovery and learning. This encompasses a range of research areas, experiences, and expertise related to agile interconnected microgrids. Learn more about our faculty and their research interests:

Research Projects

Our faculty engage in a number of research projects, many of which are publicly funded. A sample listing of recent research projects focused on agile interconnected microgrids appears below. You can also view a broader list of research projects taking place across the mechanical engineering department.

Ongoing Projects

Past Projects