Francisco de Leon ,
PhD, IEEE Fellow

Associate Professor

Francisco de Leon

I received the B.Sc. degree and the M.Sc. degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico, in 1983 and 1986, respectively. In 1992 I have obtained the Ph.D. degree also in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. From 1992 to 1997 I was with the Graduate Division of the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering of the IPN, Mexico. From September 1997 to August 1998 I was on a sabbatical leave at McGill University in Montreal, and from September 1998 to April 1999 I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Toronto.

From 1999 to 2007 I held several academic positions in Mexico and worked for the Canadian electric industry in the research and development of standard and special motors and transformers. From 2004 to 2007 I was the Director of R&D at CYME International T&D in St. Bruno (Quebec) developing professional grade software for the analysis of power and distribution systems and cable ampacity. In September 2007 I have joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Polytechnic University (the old Brooklyn Poly and now the NYU School of Engineering) as Associate Professor and obtained tenure in 2013. 

I have over 100 publications including: 102 journal papers, 5 book chapters, 14 discussions in the IEEE Transactions, 53 conference papers, and over 10 patents. My papers have been cited over 1,100 times in journals contained in the Science Citation Index and more than 3200 times in Google Scholar. I have graduated 20 PhD, 26 MSc students and supervised 23 postdoctoral fellows. I am an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery since 2009, Editor/Coordinator of the IEEE Power Engineering Letters since 2011, and Guest Editor-in-Chief of a Special Section on Advances in Condition Monitoring and Assessment of Power Equipment for the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery to be published in August 2019. I was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2015.

My areas of greater interest include the transient and steady-state analyses of power systems, the analysis of power definitions under nonsinusoidal conditions, the dynamic thermal rating of cables and transformers, and the calculation of electromagnetic and thermal fields applied to machine design and modeling.


University of Toronto 1999
Post-doctoral Fellow, Electrical Engineering

McGill University 1998
Post-doctoral Fellow, Electrical Engineering

University of Toronto 1992
Post-doctoral Fellow, Electrical Engineering

University of Toronto 1992
Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering (Power)

Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico 1986
Master of Science (suma cum laude), Electrical Engineering (Power)

Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico 1983
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (Machine Design)

Journal Articles


102 journal papers
14 refereed discussions (IEEE Transactions)
1,000+ citations (Science Citation Index)
3,000+ citations (Google Scholar)

53 conference papers and other publications
10+ patents


Authored/Edited Books

  1. T. Hong*, F. de León, Q. Zhu, “Optimal Dispatch of Electric Transmission Systems Considering Interdependencies with Natural Gas Systems” in Game Theory for Security Risk Management: From Theory to Practice, Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-75267-9, June 2018.
  2. F. de León, T. Hong*, and A. Raza*, Section 17 “Power System Analysis”, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, Mc-Graw-Hill, pp. 1053-1096, 2018.
  3. F. de León, M. Diaz-Aguiló*, and A. Raza*, Chapter 35 “Conservation Voltage Reduction” (SGD057), Smart Grid Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., pp. 661-684, 2016.
  4. F. de León, R. Salcedo*, X. Ran*, and J. A. Martinez-Velasco, Chapter 12, “Time-Domain Analysis of the Smart Grid Technologies: Possibilities and Challenges” in Transient Analysis of Power Systems. Solution Techniques, Tools and Applications, John Wiley & Sons, pp. 481-546, 2015.
  5. F. de León, P. Gómez*, J. A. Martinez-Velasco, and M. Rioual, Chapter 4, “Transformers” in Power System Transients: Parameter Determination, CRC Press, Boca Raton FL, 2009, pp. 177-250.

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