Professor Dragan Jovcic

Professor Dragan Jovcic

Chair in Engineering

Professor Dragan Jovcic
Professor Dragan Jovcic

Contact Details



  • PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Auckland,1999,
  • Diploma Engineer in Control Systems from University of Belgrade, 1993.
  • Postgraduate certificate in University teaching from University of Ulster, 2003.

Employment history:

  • Director, Aberdeen HVDC research centre, September 2015 - present
  • Professor, University of Aberdeen, UK, August 2012 - present
  • Reader, University of Aberdeen, UK, August 2011 - August 2012,
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK, August 2008 - August 2011,
  • Visiting professor, McGill University, Canada, July 2008- December 2008,
  • Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK, September 2004 - August 2008,
  • Lecturer, University of Ulster, UK, April 2000 – August 2004,
  • Design Engineer, Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner, and Transpower NZ Ltd, New Zealand, 1998-2000

Academic administration:

  • Member of senate 2016-
  • EngD degree coordinator 2006-20015,
  • Course coordinator (numerous courses) 2000-


External Memberships and Affiliations


  • Fellow of IEEE,
  • IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer,
  • Fellow of IET,
  • Chartered Engineer,
  • CIGRE:
    • Chairman of Working Group B4.76,
    • Member of Working Groups: B4.52, B4.58, B4.64, B4.80, B4.84,
  • IEEE Associate editor:
    • IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery,
    • IEEE Access,
    • IEEE Power Engineering Letters,
  • CIGRE assiciate editor: CIGRE Science and Engineering, (B4 representative),
  • Guest editor in Chief:
    • IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Special issue on Frontiers of DC technology, 2016,
    • Guest editor in Chief: IET Power Electronics, Special issue on DC grids, 2015,
  • IEC standard SC 17A Working Group 64: DC circuit-breakers - member,
  • IEEE standard P2880, Standard for HVDC Circuit Breakers Above 3200V - member,
  • EU DG Energy expert:
    • monitoring EU Project MIGRATE,
    • monitoring EU Project COBRA Cable,

 PhD External Examiner:

Ecole Centrale de Lille (France), TU DELFT (Netherlands), University of Edinburgh (UK), Warwick University (UK), KTH Stockholm (Sweden), UPC Barcelona (Spain), Brunel University (UK). Cardiff University (UK), KU Leuven (Belgium), Durban University of technology (South Africa).

Some photos from Aberdeen

CIGRE B4.52 meeting, Aberdeen, June 2011:

CIGRE B4.72 meeting, Aberdeen, April 2016:

CIGRE B4.76 meeting, Aberdeen, April 2017:

EPSRC-NSFC project meeting, Aberdeen, June 2013:

EU Project PROMOTioN, WP6 meeting, Aberdeen, June 2016:





  • IEEE Associate editor:
  • IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery,
  • IEEE Access,
  • IEEE Power Engineering Letters,



Research Overview

His research interests are in the areas of High Power Electronics, High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission, DC transmission grids, Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS), Interconnection of renewable energy, Power system modelling and control. 

Current Research

  • High Power DC networks,
  • DC/DC conversion at MW powers, 
  • DC Circuit Breakers,
  • High Voltage DC Transmission,
  • Flexible AC Transmission,
  • Wind energy,
  • Integration of Renewable Energy,
  • Power system modelling and control.


Some Institutions that collaborated on externally-funded reserch projects:

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - China,
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) - China,
  • China Electric Power Research Institute(CEPRI), China,
  • Ryerson Universty, Canada,
  • McGill University, Canada,
  • CERN, Switzerland,
  • Reseau de Transport D'Electricite, France,
  • Ecole Centrale de Lille, France,
  • Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), UK,
  • Strathclyde University, UK,
  • Edinburgh University, UK,
  • Glasgow University, UK,
  • Heriot Watt University, UK,
  • ABB, Sweden,
  • Mitsubishi Electric, UK,
  • TU DELFT, Netherlands,
  • DNV-GL, Netherlands,
  • Supergrid Institute, France,
  • Numerous (39) partners on EU poject Promotion:  



Research supervision experience

PhD students supervised to completion: Dr Stefan Kovacevic, Dr Mohammad Ishlah Haji Abdul Rahman, Dr Mario Zaja, Dr Jianxi Zhang, Dr Lu Zhang, Dr Aleisawee Alsseid, Dr Nicholas Strachan, Dr Ronny Sternberger, Dr Lisa Lamont.

Postdoctoral researchers supervised: Dr Stefan Kovacevic, Dr Mario Zaja, Dr Aliasghar Razikazemi, Dr Mohammad Azizian, Dr Mohammad Hedayati, Dr Ali Jamshidifar, Dr Mahdi Fazeli,  Dr Huibin Zhang, Dr Weixing Lin, Dr Masood Hajian, Dr Mohsen Taherbaneh, Jonathan Robinson, Dr Mohamed Rashed, Dr Gopinath Pillai.



Under supervision







Post doctoral fellows



Research Funding and Grants

External Research Income: Around £3.7 million.

EU Funded Research grants:

  • EU Horizon 2020, PROMOTion (Progress on Multiterminal DC networks)”, WP6 leader, January 2016-June 2020,   
  • European Research Council, ERC, Starting grant, "Modelling platforms for high-power resonant DC hub and power networks with multiple converter systems", March 2011- September 2015.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Funded Research grants:

  • EPSRC grant no EP/K006428/1 and NSFC China, a consortium of 2 UK and 3 Chinese Universities, Principal investigator “Developing DC networks with DC transformers”, June 2013-June 2016
  • EPSRC grant no EP/H010262/1, and Ryerson University Canada, "Development of DC Transformer and Fault Current Limiter for High-Power DC networks", Principal investigator, December 2009- December 2012.
  • EPSRC grant no GR/R11377/01: “Analytical Modelling of FACTS Elements”, Principal investigator, January 2001 - October 2003,

Scottish Funding council Major Research Grants:

  • SFC HORIZON and ERDF, Consortium of 5 Scottish Universities, "SHAPED –Scottish Hub for Advanced Power Engineering Design)" , June 2011 – June 2014
  • Scottish Enterprise, "Prototype development for High Gain DC transformer" Proof of Concept award, January 2010 – July 2011,
  • AU Knowledge Transfer Grant "High gain DC Transformer", 2007 - 2009,
  • KTP in collaboration with PACT Engineering, "Development of Drivetrain for PIGASYS", September 2007 - September 2009.

Industry Funded Major Research Grants:

  • RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Électricité, France)  “DC grids with full-bridge MMC and DC CBs” Post Doc fellow, September 2014 -December 2016.
  • SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) "Isolated multiterminal DC/DC converter for high power DC grids” “Post Doctoral fellow, January 2015- August 2016.
  • SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) "Optimisation of Moray Firth HVDC” “PhD studentships, February 2013-July 2016.
  • RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Électricité, France) “Development of RTE NorthSea DC grid” Post Doc fellow, July 2012 -December 2013


  • Royal Academy of Engineering, Global Research Fellowship and McGill University Canada visiting Professorship "Advanced Converter Systems for Thyristor based HVDC", July 2008 - December 2008.

Consultancy projects:

  • Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), UK, 2012-2013,
  • Supernode, Ireland, 2019-2020,
  • CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research), Geneva, "Accelerator power supply modelling and control", 2003-2007,
  • PACT Engineering, Scotland, "Drivetrain modelling for a PIGASYS robot tool", 2007,

Aberdeen HVDC Research centre laboratory :

5kV, 2kA, DC Circuit Breaker test bench:

30kW, 200V/900V Thyristor-based DC/DC:

30kW, 200V/900V IGBT-based DC/DC:



Teaching Responsibilities

D Jovcic teaches Electrical Engineering year 3, 4,5 and postgradaute subjects:

  • Electrical Power Engineering (EE3557),
  • MEng Groudp Design (EG5565),
  • Subsea Control (EG50F6),
  • Engineering Project (BEng/MEng) (EG4013/EG4014),

Past courses:

  • Control Systems (EE3043)
  • Electrical Machines and Drives (EE40FD).
  • Renewable technologies (Electrical) (EG50E2) and
  • Power distribution and sustainability (EG55E1).

He was a coordinator for the professional doctorate degree (EngD).



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