Derek Neal is an officer in the United States Air Force on a career development exchange opportunity to obtain a doctorate degree. He has served in various capacities during his military service including Instructor Pilot, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), and a myriad of other administrative and operational roles.
Derek received a bachelor's degree from USAFA in 2004, and a master's degree from the University of Idaho in 2013 both in Electrical Engineering. His research experience includes remote sensor networks and small unmanned aerial system development. Now, under the supervision of Dan Rogers of the University of Oxford Power Electronics Group, he will be exploring creative energy management schemes for DC microgrids.
- Microgrid power management
- Robust Extra Low COst Nanogrids (RELCON) This initiative is a collaborative rural electrification project to deploy a flexible and expandable DC microgrid to isolated communities using smart power electronic converters and a distributed battery storage network.