Hugo N. Villegas Pico's Homepage

Professional Profile

Hugo is a Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). Hugo directs research projects that include control systems for power electronics devices, blackstart and fault ride-through capability of converter-based resources, protection algorithms for converter-dominant grids, fast-charging of electric vehicles, and forecast methods. Hugo’s teaching interests lie at the intersection of electric machinery, power systems, control systems, and power electronics.

At ISU, Hugo is affiliated with the Electric Power & Energy Systems group and the Electric Power Research Center. He also serves as an Associate Editor of IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution since May of 2020. From 2017 to 2019, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher of Power Engineering at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO.

Academic Background

  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, 2016

    • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2011

    • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas - ESPE, 2008

  • Awards and Recognitions:

    • Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor, Aug. 2021-present

    • Star Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 2017–2018

    • Prize paper award, IEEE Power & Energy Society, 2015

    • Best paper award, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 2013–2014

    • Fulbright Scholarship, 2009–2011

    • Best GPA, Electronics, Automation and Control - ESPE, Nov. 2007–May 2008

Contact Information

  • Full Name: Hugo Nestor Villegas Pico

  • Office: 1124 Coover Hall, Ames, IA 50011

  • Phone: +1 (515) 294-4889

  • Email: hvillega AT iastate DOT edu

Naming Custom

The structure of my full name might bring some confusion; hence, a clarification and a note of use is necessary. My first name is Hugo and my middle one is Nestor. My two surnames, i.e., Villegas and Pico, are respectively after my father and mother per naming customs of Hispanic America. If you are a LaTeX/BibTeX user and should you need to cite my work, you may write my surnames within curly brackets, e.g., Hugo N. {Villegas Pico}. Please note that my two surnames are not written with a hyphen in between.