Dr Carlos Ugalde-Loo

Dr Carlos Ugalde-Loo


School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 0675
East/E/2.25, Queen's Buildings - East Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


08/2018 - present: Reader in Electrical Power Systems

08/2016 - 07/2018 Senior Lecturer in Electrical Power Systems

01/2013 - 07/2016 Lecturer in Electrical Power Systems














  • Licéaga-Castro, E., Ugalde Loo, C. E. and Licéaga-Castro, J. 2006. Induction motor control by individual channel analysis and design. Presented at: International Control Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 30th August - 1st September 2006International Control Conference (ICC2006) Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 30th August to 1st September 2006. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde Publishing pp. 115-120.
  • Ugalde Loo, C. E.et al. 2006. Synchronous generator control: from the traditional perspective to the ICAD framework. Presented at: International Control Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 30 August - 1st September 2006International Control Conference (ICC2006) Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 30th August to 1st September 2006. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde Publishing pp. 229-234.



Since joining Cardiff, Carlos Ugalde has taught at all levels from Year 1 undergraduate to MSc students, from school-level modules in large teaching theatres, down to 1 to 1 supervision. His teaching effectiveness has been recognised by colleagues and students, with an excellent Module Evaluation average for lecture delivery since joining Cardiff (4.5/5). His competence has been rewarded with three "Teaching of the Year Awards" in recognition of excellence in teaching for the following modules:

  • Automatic Control (academic session 2017-2018)
  • Grid Integration of Renewables (academic session 2015-2016)
  • Grid Integration of Renewables (academic session 2013-2014)

He was a runner-up for a 2018 Cardiff University Celebrating Excellence Award for "Excellence in Teaching". 

He is the Module Leader for the following modules:

  • Power Systems Analysis (Year 2) 
  • Automatic Control (Year 3)
  • Grid Integration of Renewables (Year 3)
  • Electrical Machines and Drives (Year 3)

He contributes to the following modules:

  • Control Engineering (Year 2)
  • Engineering Project Management (Year 3)
  • Individual Project (Year 3)
  • Research Study (MSc)
  • Dissertation (MSc)

He has been a contributor to:

  • Network Analysis (Year 1)
  • Laboratory and Design (Year 2)
  • Group Design Project (Year 2)
  • Group Project (Year 4 - MEng)


Title People Sponsor Value Duration
BESTPATHS Jenkins N, Liang J, Ugalde-Loo C EC FP7 501733 01/10/2014 - 30/09/2018
Mitigating the effects of low interia and low short circuit level in HDVC-rich AC grids Liang J, Jenkins N, Ugalde Loo C EPSRC 295632 26/09/2014 - 25/09/2017
DC Grid discriminating protection Liang J, Jenkins N, Ugalde-Loo C Alstom Grid UK Ltd 147548 01/04/2014 - 31/03/2017
DC Grid Control Liang J, Jenkins N, Ugalde-Loo C ALSTOM Grid UK Ltd 79000 01/06/2013 - 31/05/2014
Current Flow control in DC grids Liang J, Ugalde-Loo C Alstom Grid UK Ltd 55000 25/11/2014 - 24/05/2015
Peer to Peer Smart Energy Distribution Networks Wu J, Ugalde-loo C Toshiba Research Europe Ltd 58056 01/04/2014 - 31/03/2017
System architecture challenges: Supergen+ for Hubnet Ugalde-Loo C, Wu J EPSRC via Imperial College London 104907 01/01/2015 - 31/05/2016

Supervised Students

Title Student Status Degree
Advanced analysis of load management and energy conservation strategies in electric power systems MUDAHERANWA Emmanuel Current PhD
Using electric vehicles and demand-side response to unlock distribution network flexibility SONDER Berkem Current PhD
Power systems support using electrolysers and fuel cells UTOMO Oscar Current PhD
Development of fast and discriminative HVDC grid protection LIU Wei Current PhD
Dynamic modelling and control of integrated energy systems BASTIDA Hector Current PhD
PV converter control for small wind-solar-thermal system LI Xiangyu Current PhD
Mitigating the effect of low inertia on HVDC-rich AC grids JOSE Khadijat Submitted PhD
Control of turbine-based energy converstion systems MICHAS Marios Completed PhD
Model local DC grids for local power balancing and system security ABEYSINGHE Sathsara  Completed PhD
Operation of soft open point in a distribution network under faulted conditions AITHAL Avinash Completed PhD
Benefit analysis of using soft DC links in medium voltage distribution networks QI Qi Completed PhD
Operation and control of voltage source converters in transmission networks for AC system stability enhancement JOSEPH Tibin Graduate PhD
Analysis and protection of HVDC systems subject to AC and DC faults  LI Gen Graduate PhD
Peer-to-peer energy trading in electrical distribution networks ZHANG Chenghua Graduate PhD
DC grid discriminating protection DANTAS Rui Graduate PhD
Flexible power flow control in meshed HVDC grids BALASUBRAMANIAM Senthooran Graduate PhD
Control of a variable speed wind turbine (*) LICARI John Graduate PhD
Control of an axial flow tidal stream turbine (*) WHITBY Ben Graduate PhD
Integration of offshore wind farms through high voltage direct current networks (*) LIVERMORE Luke Graduate PhD
Damping of subsynchronous oscillations using power electronics converters CHERDCHUWONGSANTI Kritsana Current MSc
Economic feasibiliity of solar PV and CCGT power generation platns in the Spanish electricity market ALDECOA Pedro Completed MSc
Subsynchronous resonance in series compensated power systems ALWATYAN Laura Graduate MSc
Multivariable control of permanent magenet synchronous generator for tidal stream turbines SOROUR Ameena Graduate MSc
Frequency support from HVDC schemes to the GB power system ORELLANA Luis Graduate MSc
Operation of a local energy supply system SUI XIANMING Graduate MSc
Planning of a local energy supply system APONJOLOSUN Johnson Graduate MSc
Combined energy system for ice rinks and swimming pools VENIERIS Marios Graduate MSc
Voltage source converter based HVDC systems for the provision of ancillary services MUKEERA Ibrahim Graduate MSc
Using smart meters for phase identification AL-MASHHADANI Abduallah Graduate MSc
Control system design of variable-speed wind turbines FAN Yi Graduate MSc
Flexible AC transmission systems devices for subsynchronous resonance damping (*) XU Wenbin Graduate MSc

(*) Although not formally appointed as a supervisor, I contributed to the support and supervision of these students as a PDRA.