James S. Thorp

James S. Thorp joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 2004. He now holds the position of the Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor Emeritus, after having served as the Department Head. He was the Charles N. Mellowes Professor in Engineering and Director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University from 1994-01. He was on the faculty at Cornell from 1962-2004. Thorp was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996, and was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1989 “for contributions to development of digital techniques for power system protection.”

Professor Thorp was Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (Power System Relaying) from 1998-01, and is currently a member of the Editorial Board. He was Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems from 1985- 87., a Faculty Intern at the American Electric Power Service Corporation in 1976, and was an Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, England in 1988. He is a member of the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee, CIGRE, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.

Professor Thorp is interested in the protection and control of large-scale-power systems including algorithms for digital protection, adaptive relaying, and real-time control of power systems using measurements obtained from microprocessor relays and Phasor Measurement Units. In addition, he studies the complicated dynamical behavior of power systems including the generation of “fractals” by such systems, and the mechanisms of cascading disturbances.