Michael "Mischa" Steurer, Ph.D.

Michael “Mischa” Steurer, Ph.D.
Courtesy Professor
Research Faculty III of CAPS
Phone Numbers
CAPS Building, Room RF1 A226
Educational History
Ph.D. (Dr. techn.), Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, 2001
M.S. (Dipl.-Ing.), Electrical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, 1994
Research Interests
Electric Power Systems
Real time hardware in the loop simulations
Fault current limiters
Superconducting power apparatus
Cyber-physical power systems
Current Research Projects
  • Break-less medium voltage DC systems
  • Hybrid fault isolation device
  • Hardware in the loop test bed development
  • Common mode characteristics of solid state-based power systems ("grounding")

Since 2001, Dr. Steurer has been a researcher at Florida State University in the Center for Advanced Power Systems. There, he currently leads the Power Systems group, which focuses primarily on hardware-in-the-loop real-time simulation and modeling of integrated power systems for all-electric ships and future terrestrial power systems. Dr. Steurer has authored and co-authored more than 100 technical papers in the area of shipboard power systems, hardware-in-the-loop real-time simulation, and superconductivity. Dr. Steurer's research interests include the improvement of the integration of novel high power apparatus, such as superconducting devices, power electronics converters, and novel rotating machines into power systems. The focus is on utilizing large-scale hardware-in-the-loop simulations, especially coupled to high power testing for model validation and analysis. In one of his research areas, he specializes in fault current limiters for medium voltage applications, and electric power systems modeling and simulations. Dr. Steurer holds several patents, such as the invention of an ultra-fast opening mechanical switch and a novel method of ground fault location in converter-powered ungrounded DC systems.

Awards, Honors, and Memberships
Professional Society Affiliations

Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) - Senior Member

International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) - Member

American Society of naval Engineers (ASNE) - Member


Z. Cai, M. Yu, M. Steurer, H. Li, Y. Dong, "Network Modeling for A Real-time Hardware-in-the-loop Prototype of Smart Grid Distributed System," Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Volume 59, January 2016, Pages 264-273, ISSN 1084-8045.

K. Schoder, Z. Cai, S. Sundararajan, M. Yu, M. Sloderbeck, I. Leonard, M. Steurer, "Real-Time Simulation of Communications and Power Systems for Testing Distributed Embedded Controls", Engineering & Technology Reference, 10.1049/etr.2015.0022, ISSN 2056-4007, www.ietdl.org.

C. S. Edrington; M. Steurer; J. Langston; T. El-Mezyani; K. Schoder, "Role of Power Hardware in the Loop in Modeling and Simulation for Experimentation in Power and Energy Systems", Proceedings of the IEEE, 2015, Volume: 103, Issue: 12, Pages: 2401 - 2409, DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2015.2460676.

O. Naeckel; J. Langston; M. Steurer; F. Fleming; S. Paran; C. Edrington; M. Noe, , "Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of an Air Coil Superconducting Fault Current Limiter Demonstrator", IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 2015, Volume: 25, Issue: 3, Article #: 5601807, DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2014.2386341.

X. Liu, M. Steurer, M. Yu, "A New GPS-based Digital Protection System for Smart Grids in Loop Structure", EAI Endorsed Transactions on the Energy Web (eai.eu/transaction/energy-web).

R.E. Hebner, F.M. Uriarte, A. Kwasinski, A.L. Gattozzi, H.B. Estes, A. Anwar, R. Cairoli, R.A. Dougal, X. Feng, H-M Chou, L.J. Thomas, M. Pipattanasomporn, S. Rahman, F. Katiraei, M. Steurer, M.O. Faruque, M.A. Rios, G.A. Ramos, M.J. Mousavi, and T.J. McCoy, "Technical cross-fertilization between terrestrial microgrids and ship power systems," Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, pp. 1-19, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2015 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40565-015-0108-0).

M. Bosworth, D. Soto, M. Sloderbeck, J. Hauer and M. Steurer, "MW-scale power hardware-in-the-loop experiments of rapid power transfers in MVDC naval shipboard power systems," in Electric Ship Technologies Symposium (ESTS), 2015.

K. Schoder, M. Steurer, F. Bogdan, J. Hauer, J. Langston, D. Boroyevich, R. Burgos, I. Cvetkovic, Z. Shen, and C. DiMarino, "Testing of a novel medium voltage impedance measurement unit," IEEE 3rd Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA), Blacksburg, VA, 2015, pp. 287-290. doi: 10.1109/WiPDA.2015.7369273.

L. Graber; T. Chiocchio; J. Kvitkovic; S. V. Pamidi; M. Steurer; A. Usoskin, "Finite Element Model of a Superconducting Fault Current Limiter Calibrated by Hardware-in-the-Loop Measurements", IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 2014, Volume: 24, Issue: 3, Article #: 5601105, DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2013.2291117.