Johan Enslin

Johan Enslin

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Duke Energy SmartGrid Technology Chair

Director, Energy Systems Program


Ph.D., Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
M.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa


Professor Johan Enslin is a Fellow of the IEEE and SAIEE and Registered Professional Engineer in South Africa. He is the Duke Energy Endowed Chaired Professor in SmartGrid and the Director of the Energy Systems Program, at Clemson University in North Charleston SC. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He comes to Clemson as the first Director for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power System at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Johan has combined a balanced industry and academic career with 35-year leadership experience in industry and academia throughout the US, Europe and South Africa. He served as an executive, with P/L responsibilities for private business operations and a professor in electrical engineering. Dr. Enslin initiated and led renewable energy teams, incubate startup companies and was the lead PI for large multi-disciplinary power system research, planning and construction projects. Some of his industry appointments include Chief Technology Officer, Petra Solar; Vice President, Quanta Technologies; Vice President, KEMA; General Manager at Alpha Energy; Director, ESKOM and Spoornet.

Dr. Enslin’s research is focused mainly in the area of building a smarter, modern power grid. Among others he is evaluating the role and optimization of energy storage technologies in grid modernization. Priority is given to technologies and approaches that support large-scale renewable energy integration, improve energy efficiency, stack performance and show positive business cases. A stacked-value methodology for integrating and controlling energy storage is developed and evaluated with field trials at utility substations. Other research areas include Virtual Power Plants, distributed intelligence for distribution assets and smart power electronic converters.

Jim Tuten

Jim Tuten, M.Sc., P.E.

Director, Capital Projects & Facilities Systems


B.S., Mechanical Engineering – Clemson University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering – Clemson University


James Tuten is the Project Manager for Clemson’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility. He joined the Clemson team in March of 2010. In his position he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility and oversight of the project contractors. Mr. Tuten has over 40 years of experience and accomplishment in the development and application of advanced technology. He has been involved in a diverse range of industries and projects over his career as a hands-on researcher, project leader and manager with a strong focus on analysis and problem solving.

EdiVania (AJ) Arena

EdiVania (AJ) Powell, M.Ed.

Campus and Event Manager


B.S., Marketing – Rider College
M.Ed. – Temple University
Elementary Administrative Certification – The Citadel


Upon completing her B.S. in Marketing from Rider College in New Jersey, she embarked on a retail management career for approximately 12 years. Later, she began working with special education children in Trenton, New Jersey and pursued and completed a Master’s in Education from Temple University. Later she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and worked at the University of Tennessee with the Upward Bound Program servicing ten area high schools. AJ relocated to the Lowcountry where she completed her Elementary Administrative Certification from the Citadel and became a 7th and 8th grade math teacher and teacher evaluator in Berkeley County for ten years.

In 2007, AJ was recruited by the office of the Vice President as the first hire and office manager for the Restoration Institute to assist with establishing CURI on the former Navy Base. AJ finds it very rewarding to work with the Vice President of Economic Development and the rest of the CURI team to positively impact education and job creation for the state of South Carolina. Currently AJ holds the position of Executive Administrative Coordinator for Clemson’s Vice President of Economic Development and Clemson University’s Restoration Institute.

Curtiss Fox

J. Curtiss Fox, Ph.D.

Director of Research Facilities, SCE&G Energy Innovation Center


B.S., Electrial Engineering – Clemson University
M.S., Electrical Engineering – Clemson University
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering – Clemson University


J. Curtiss Fox joined the staff of Clemson University as a Research Scientist in 2013 after completion of his PhD dissertation at Clemson University in electrical engineering. His dissertation related specifically to the fault ride-through testing capabilities of a 15 MW Hardware-In-the-Loop Grid Simulator project at Clemson University. Because of this innovative research, he was later named the director of the Duke Energy Electric Grid Research, Innovation and Development (eGRID) center, of which the 15 MW Grid Simulator serves as the cornerstone.

His research interests at the eGRID center revolve around the grid integration and standardization of renewable energy and energy storage technologies with a focus in the evaluation and validation of the performance features and ancillary services provided smart inverter technologies.

Honors and Awards:

Curtiss was awarded the Young Energy Leader Award from the Charlotte Business Journal. He was the first individual from South Carolina to win this award.

Konstantin Bulgakov

Konstantin Bulgakov, M.S.

Test and Development Engineer


B.S. Mechanical Engineering – Michigan Technological University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (focus in dynamics and control) – Michigan Technological University


Konstantin Bulgakov joined Clemson University Restoration Institute in early 2011 as a Test Engineer. Konstantin came from automotive industry where he has worked for Cummins Inc. for five years with responsibility for heavy-duty diesel engine dynamometer-in-the-loop simulation development and testing.

Konstantin’s previous interests and experience include both experimental and simulation-based analysis of drivetrain testing and performance evaluation. Developed and supported a real-time dynamometer-in-the-loop simulation system. Analyzed and compared test cell vs. actual engine performance data. Successfully led a team to deliver a dynamometer-in-the-loop simulation capability on time in the UK by utilizing project management tools, technical skills and customer input. Led a Six Sigma green belt project which resulted in significant savings by improving support processes for real-time dynamometer-in-loop simulation test cells.

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