Nick Coleman

PhD Electrical Engineering, Graduate Minor in Computational Engineering, Drexel University, 2018

BSEE, MSEE, Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management, Drexel University, 2013, summa cum laude

EMAIL: coleman @

Nick Coleman studied electrical engineering at Drexel University, and graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with BSEE and MSEE degrees, and a graduate certificate in Engineering Management. He received a PhD in electrical engineering in 2018 (advisor: Dr. Karen Miu) with a graduate minor in Computational Engineering.

His current research interests include optimization and automation in electric power distribution systems, specifically online smart grid analysis, operation and control applications.

In 2011 and 2012, Nick was selected as an IEEE PES Scholar, and in 2012, he was chosen as the John W. Estey Outstanding PES Scholar for IEEE Region II.


N. S. Coleman, K. L. Ogawa, J. Hill, and K. N. Miu, “Recongifurable Distribution Automation and Control Laboratory: Solar Microgrid Experiments,” to appear in IEEE Trans. Power Syst., 2018.

N. S. Coleman, “Online Analysis and Control of Electric Power Distribution Systems,” Ph.D. dissertation, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, March 2018.

N. S. Coleman and K. N. Miu, “Time Window Selection via Online Risk Assessment for Power Distribution System Analysis,” 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), Florence, Italy, 2018.
doi: 10.1109/ISCAS.2018.8351534

N. S. Coleman, T. J. Halpin and K. N. Miu, “Online Determination of Time Intervals for Statically Secure Distribution System Control,” 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), Florence, Italy, 2018.
doi: 10.1109/ISCAS.2018.8351780

N. S. Coleman and K. N. Miu, “Identification of Critical Times for Distribution System Time Series Analysis,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 1746-1754, Mar. 2018.

N. S. Coleman, J. Hill, J. Berardino, K. L. Ogawa, R. Mallgrave, R. Sandoval, Y. Qian, L. Zhu, K. N. Miu, and C. Nwankpa, “Hardware Setup of a Solar Microgrid Laboratory,” in Proc. 2017 IEEE PES General Meeting, 16-20 July 2017.

N. S. Coleman and K. N. Miu, “A Study of Fault Detection Thresholds under Stochastic Conditions Intrinsic to Power Distribution Systems,” invited panel presentation at 2016 IEEE PES General Meeting, 17-21 July 2016, Boston, MA

N. S. Coleman and K. N. Miu, “Distribution Load Capability with Nodal Power Factor Constraints,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 3120-3126, July 2017. doi:  10.1109/TPWRS.2016.2625599

N. S. Coleman, C. Schegan and K. N. Miu, “A study of power distribution system fault classification with machine learning techniques,” in Proc. 2015 North American Power Symp., 4-6 Oct. 2015.
doi: 10.1109/NAPS.2015.7335264

N. S. Coleman and K. N. Miu, “A Study of Time Window Selection for Electric Power Distribution System Analysis,” in Proc. 2015 IEEE International Symposium on  Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), pp. 1891-1894, 24-27 May 2015.
doi: 10.1109/ISCAS.2015.7169027

N. S. Coleman, “Load Capability for Smart Distribution Systems,” M.S. thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, June 2013.

Drexel University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering