Chris Lute is a research engineer in power systems in the CSU Systems Engineering Department (supervisor: J. Cale) where he conducts research in microgrid and minigrid power systems, with a focus on energy access for emerging markets.
Chris received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S., also in Electrical Engineering, from the Colorado School of Mines, where he conducted research on novel power electronics for solar power applications. He has worked in numerous industries supporting renewable energy and microgrid power systems as a government contractor, and in the private sector working in the solar and microgrid controller industries. At Spriae, he helped to develop, test, and deploy advanced microgrid controls for San Diego Gas and Electric in California and Sigora in Haiti, among others.
Chris Lute’s Selected Publications:
J. Cale, C. Lute, J. Simon and A. Delcore, “Modeling Minimally-Processed Shielded Metal Arc Weld Transformers for Rural Minigrid Applications,” in IEEE Power and Energy Technology Systems Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 95-103, June 2019.
C. Lute, T. Decker, J. Cale and A. Delcore, “A Method for Evaluating Unregulated Solar Irrigation Pumping Systems: Results and Observations,” 2019 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), Seattle, WA, USA, 2019, pp. 1-8. 
C. Lute, J. Cale, and D. Moorman, “Battery electric-natural gas hybrid generator for microgrid power applications,” inInternational Symposium on Microgrids, 2019(poster), Fort Collins, CO, 2019.
J. Cale, C. Lute, G. Ross, and A. Othee, “Characterization procedure for unsymmetrical split-phase capacitor-start induction machines,”IEEE Power and Energy Technology Systems Journal, 2020, (under review).