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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
3108 Engineering Hall
1701D Platt St.
Manhattan, KS 66506
Fax: 785-532-1188

Hours: Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-noon, 1-5p.m.

Kexing Lai | Research Assistant Professor

laiPh.D. – 2019 Ohio State University
Electrical and Computer Engineering
B.S. – 2014 Central South University, Hunan, China
Electrical Engineering

Contact Information

3058 Engineering Hall

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Kansas State University as a research assistant professor, Kexing Lai served in the Center for High-Performance Power Electronics at Ohio State University as a graduate research associate from 2016 to 2018. His research was funded by the Office of Naval Research. He also served as a graduate teaching associate in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University from 2015 to 2016. In 2019, he received the Presidential Fellowship of Ohio State University, which is the most prestigious award given by its graduate school.


Lai’s research focuses on a wide range of fields of design, and synthesis of resilient and sustainable electric power systems including but not limited to power system operation and planning, power system protection, application of multi-agent and machine learning in power systems, state estimation and resilience analysis of power systems. Specific areas of interest include the following:

  • Resilience-oriented microgrid planning, operation and design
  • Intelligent power system protective-relays design
  • Game theory modeling of power system participants
  • Integrated energy infrastructure (electric, gas, transportation, etc.) optimization, modeling and state estimation