Dr. James Cale has extensive experience in the modeling, design, and control of power generation technologies and electromagnetic systems. His background and research focuses on energy conversion, power-electronic drives, finite-inertia power systems, electrical motors, computational and applied electromagnetics, biologically-inspired optimization methods, microgrids, and hardware-in-the-loop methods.
James is an Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments (joint appointment) at Colorado State University and is the President and Owner of PEMCA Consulting, LLC. Prior to joining CSU he managed the Distributed Energy Systems Integration Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and worked in senior engineering and management roles at Advanced Energy and Orbital ATK. In 2022-2023 he served as Chief Technology Officer at Moser Energy Systems, and currently serves as their Chief Technical Advisor. He is member of the organizing committee for the Americas region of the International Microgrids Symposium.
He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering with a power focus from Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus, and bachelors degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology (summa cum laude).
Dr. Cale has led multiple research projects in power and power-electronics. He has over thirty published papers in technical journals. James has advised graduate students in research in power-electronic drives for the electrification of aircraft, AC vs DC distribution tradeoffs, modeling stochastic load demands, pattern recognition methods, queuing system and reliability optimization.
Each semester, Dr. Cale teaches several courses at Colorado State University. His current and past courses include Electrical Power Engineering, Power Systems, Power Electronics, Coupled Electromechanical Systems, Grid Integration of Wind Energy Systems, Systems Engineering Processes, Risk Analysis, and Dynamic Optimization for System Operation Under Uncertainty.
In addition to having served in executive and technical leadership roles in industry, James serves on the organizing committee of the International Symposium on Microgrids. He hosted symposia at Colorado State University in 2019 and 2021. He also has been featured in several digital and print media including the Denver Post and SNL Financial.
Dr. Cale has led a multitude of projects including Power, Power Electronics, and Feedback Controls and Design Optimization & Trade-off Analysis. James also has several current students working on a variety of research projects including dynamic programming and stochastic optimization methods for microgrid systems.
Each semester, Dr. Cale teaches several courses at Colorado State University. His courses include Coupled Electromechanical Systems and Dynamic Optimization for System Operation Under Uncertainty.
James hosted the Fort Collins 2019 Symposium on Microgrids at Colorado State University. He also has been featured in several digital and print media including the Denver Post and the SNL Financial.