Luigi Vanfretti Elected to the Modelica Association

by Torie Wells on March 20, 2019

Luigi Vanfretti, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been
elected to the board of the North American Modelica User’s Group. The organization was “founded to support users within North America, and to promote the use of Modelica for engineering model development in the region.”

Vanfretti was also recently elected to the Modelica Association. The nonprofit organization “develops coordinated, open access standards and open source software in the area of cyber physical systems.”

To be considered for membership, individuals must contribute to the goals of the association. Vanfretti was elected, he said, for the work he has done to adopt Modelica language in power systems, and for organizing the first American Modelica Conference in 2018.

Vanfretti is the director of the Analysis Laboratory for Synchrophasor and Electrical energy Technology at Rensselaer, also known as the ALSETLab. The acronym is a tribute to Nikola Tesla, which becomes apparent when read in reverse. Vanfretti and his team conduct research on cyber-physical power system modeling and simulation.