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Erick Aponte

School/year: North Carolina State University, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: Spring, 2021
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
PowerAmerica Project: Next Generation EV Fast Charger - Develop a 10kV medium voltage direct connected, SiC based 350kW electrical vehicle fast charger.
Areas of Expertise: Electric vehicle, DC fast charger, device characterization, silicon carbide, power electronics

Yuling Cao

School/year: Virginia Tech, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: 2024
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
PowerAmerica Project: High Density Bidirectional Dc-Dc Charger for Hybrid Electric Propulsion System - A 18kW High Density Bidirectional SiC/GaN based Soft-switched Dc-Dc Charger for Hybrid Electric Propulsion System
Areas of Expertise: DC/DC Converter Design

Tzu-Hsuan Cheng

School/year: North Carolina State University, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: Summer 2022
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concentration: Power IC Packaging
PowerAmerica Project: Development of 3.3 kV-capable, open-source, low cost packaging solution for SiC transistor and diode testing
Areas of Expertise: Power IC Packaging Design and Process Development, Mechanical Reliability, Failure Analysis, Heat Transfer, Finite Element Modeling

Andrew Galamb

School/year: North Carolina State University, Junior
Graduate/Undergraduate: Undergraduate
Graduation Date: Spring, 2021
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Renewable Electric Energy Systems
PowerAmerica Project: Ecological Personal Rapid Transit (ecoPRT) - Designing, building and testing wireless charging systems for electric vehicles
Areas of Expertise: Power converters, solar energy, and wireless power transfer

Ankul Gupta

School/year: Arizona State University, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: Looking for full-time position in Spring 2021
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
PowerAmerica Project: Non-isolated high conversion ratio DC-DC converter with Zero Voltage Transition - Design and control of high conversion ratio non-isolated soft switching dc-dc boost converter for fuel cell application
Areas of Expertise: Power converter design for Electric vehicle, fuel cell and data center applications

Raj Kokkonda

School/year: North Carolina State University, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: Spring 2023
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
PowerAmerica Project: Shore-to-Ship MV SiC Converter System enabled by series-connected 3.3kV SiC MOSFETs
Areas of Expertise: Switching cell design, Converter hardware design, Device characterization

Nithin Kolli

School/year: North Carolina State University, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: Spring 2023
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Medium Voltage Grid-Connected Converters
PowerAmerica Project: Asynchronous Microgrid Power Conditioning System
Areas of Expertise: Design of Power Electronics Converters, Protection of WBG based SSTs

Haichen Liu

School/year: University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: Fall 2022
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
PowerAmerica Project: Modular Hybrid SiC and Si based Battery Inverter for Energy Storage Integration - Development of a 50kW Si and SiC hybrid switch based A-NPC inverter
Areas of Expertise: Power Converter Analysis, SiC MOSFETs, Thermal Simulation

Christopher New

School/year: The University of Alabama, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: Fall, 2021
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
PowerAmerica Project: EMI Performance Optimization of Medium Voltage SiC Module - Perform detailed analysis of the common-mode (CM) and conducted EMI characteristics of a medium voltage SiC module in a neutral point clamped topology.
Areas of Expertise: Silicon Carbide Modeling and EMI Analysis

Tiancan Pang

School/year: University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Ph.D.
Graduate/Undergraduate: Graduate
Graduation Date: Fall, 2022
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
PowerAmerica Project: Introduction of WBG Devices for Solid-State Circuit Breaking at the Medium Voltage Level - Design, simulation, test the SiC based solid-state circuit breaker rated at 4160 V and 40 A.
Areas of Expertise: Renewable Energy Systems