PowerAmerica-Affiliated Students

Through its member universities, PowerAmerica is affiliated with a talented pool of undergraduate and graduate students who represent the best and brightest of the future power electronics workforce. These students, who already work with wide bandgap applications, are available for internships and employment. Contact them directly via their LinkedIn profiles.

Jared Baxter

School/year: The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Energy Science and Engineering
Concentration: Energy Conversion and Storage
Project: Unified Design Framework for Power Electronics
Project Description: Development of a tool that streamlines the design process of power converters through advanced analysis, simulation, and optimization.
Area of Expertise: Power Converter Analysis, Simulation, and Optimization
Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Mehrdad Biglarbegian

School/year: University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: High-frequency power GaN converter digital twin
Project Description: Development of real-time prognostics for reliability awareness of high-frequency converters (GaN/SiC)
Area of Expertise: PV solar systems, high-frequency GaN converters, current sensing in power electronics
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

John Brothers

School/year: Ohio State, Senior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Project: 2018 International Future Energy Challenge
Project Description: International Future Energy Challenge 2018 – 1 kW GaN Based DC-DC Converter for battery energy storage
Area of Expertise: Isolated DC-DC converter design design, analysis and detection of low impedance DC arc, and analysis and evaluation of SiC and GaN devices
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Antuwon Butler

School/year: NC State, Senior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Project: PRESiCE (PRocess Engineered for manufacturing SiC Electronic-devices)
Project Description: Test wide-bandgap Silicon Carbide MOSFETs specifications per Dr. Baliga
Area of Expertise: Power Electronics
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Shuyao Chen

School/year: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Senior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Microelectronics
Project: Documentation of Design and Process Flow of GaN FET
Project Description: In this research project, the fabrication process and device architecture of our RESURF GaN MOS HEMT design are presented. Additionally, the device layout and the automated layout generation tool (Gangen) is being developed.
Area of Expertise: GaN HEMT simulation, characterization, and testing

Timothy Chen

School/year: NC State, Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Project: Thermal Resistance Circular Chart
Project Description: The objective is to create a table of thermal resistances based on finite element analysis simulations, so that electronic package designers can compare the thermal capabilities of different material stackups.
Area of Expertise: Finite Element Analysis

Emily Childers

School/year: NC State, Junior
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project: DC-DC Boost and Buck Converters
Project Description: Currently, I am working on simulating DC-DC boost and buck converters that can be implemented in electric vehicles.
Graduation Date: Spring 2020

Shanzila Chowdhury

School/year: NC State, Senior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Renewable Electric Energy Systems
Project: Ecological Personal Rapid Transit (ecoPRT)
Project Description: Designing, building and testing wireless charging systems for electric vehicles
Area of Expertise: Renewable energy and energy efficiency of systems
Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Spencer Cochran

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: GaN-based synchronous rectifier for 6.78 MHz wireless power transfer
Project Description: Design, modeling, prototyping, and control of a 6.78 MHz wireless power transfer rectifier for receiver-side applications. The rectifier employs a resonant tank to achieve zero-voltage switching, reduce harmonic distortion, and enlarge the range of input phase control.
Graduation Date: n/a

Ratul Das

School/year: University of Colorado – Boulder, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Ultra-efficient Power Delivery Architecture and Topologies for IT Systems
Project Description: Advanced power delivery architecture for high-performance IT systems that interfaces with a high-voltage AC grid.
Area of Expertise: Hybrid Converters
Graduation Date: 
Summer 2021

Alireza Dayerizadeh

School/year: NC State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics – Wireless Power Transfer
Project: EcoPRT Wireless Charging
Project Description: Designing, building and testing wireless charging systems for electric vehicles
Area of Expertise: Wireless Power Transfer
Graduation Date: 
Spring 2021

Benjamin Dean

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Master’s
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Agent-Based Microgrid
Project Description: Using agent-based communication to optimize inverter and battery management communication for microgrids
Area of Expertise: Microgrids
Graduation Date: 
Spring 2020

Jacob Dyer

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Digital Gate Driver for GE Motor Drive
Project Description: This project is designing a gate driver with intelligent data sensing and control of GE SiC devices deployed in a medium voltage, high speed motor drive.
Area of Expertise: WBG characterization, Intelligent sensing/control of power converters
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Andrew Foote

School/year: University of Tennesee – Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Energy Science and Engineering
Project: SMART Mobility- Advanced Vehicle Refueling Infrastructures Research
Project Description: Investigating feasibility, cost, and impact of different coil topologies, power electronics architectures, and electrical tuning configurations. Developing parameterized model considering tradeoffs between capital/operating cost; requirements for power and energy delivery, efficiency, electromagnetic field emissions; impacts to the grid and battery, etc.
Area of Expertise: Inductive power transfer, EV charging, transportation
Graduation Date: Summer 2021

Andrew Galamb

School/year: NC State, Junior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Renewable Electric Energy Systems
Project: Ecological Personal Rapid Transit (ecoPRT)
Project Description: Designing, building and testing wireless charging systems for electric vehicles
Area of Expertise: Power converters, solar energy, and wireless power transfer
Graduation Date: Spring 2020

Frances Garcia

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Master’s
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: GaN Power Device Modeling
Project: Analytical Modeling, Simulation, and Empirical Modeling of GaN Gate Injection Transistor
Project Description: I characterize GaN devices experimentally and extract parameters to create SPICE models. I also developed analytical models and TCAD simulations for the GaN GIT.
Area of Expertise: GaN, device modeling, device physics
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Kijeong Han

School/year: NC State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project: Design of SiC power device
Project Description: Design of 4H-SiC power devices
Area of Expertise: Design of SiC power semiconductor devices
Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Jeff Hensal

School/year: Ohio State, Senior
Major: Computer Engineering
Concentration: Embedded Controls, Power Electronics
Project: International Future Energy Challenge 2018
Project Description: 1 kW GaN Based DC-DC Converter for battery energy storage
Area of Expertise: Embedded systems control, software/interface development, and system hardware testing
Graduation Date: Fall 2019

Ling Jiang

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: GaN-based high efficient transmitter for wireless power transfer
Project Description: Design 6.78 MHz GaN-based single-stage transmitter for wireless power transfer system with multiple receiver application
Area of Expertise: High efficiency and high power density converters, soft switching technique, GaN device application
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Namwon Kim

School/year: University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics Control 
Project:
 Grid-connected PV-battery string inverter
Project Description: Design and control of a PV string inverter architecture with seamless battery integration
Area of Expertise: Power Electronics Control, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Storage Systems
Graduation Date: Summer 2020

Ashish Kumar

School/year: NC State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Medium Voltage Power Electronics
Project:
Asynchronous Microgrid Power Conditioning System (MicroGrid PCS) connector to MicroGrid
Project Description: Design, develop, validate and optimize the Asynchronous Medium Voltage Grid Connector. In-depth analysis and simulation of the whole system under different operating conditions. Full scale hardware, including the three-level Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) based Front End Converters (FECs) and Dual Active Bridge (DAB), built and tested at grid connected full load conditions.
Area of Expertise: Silicon Carbide based medium voltage based power converters
Graduation Date: Summer 2019

Caelin Lewis

School/year: NC State, senior
Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Concentration: Communication & Control Systems
Project: 1.2kV Foundry Process Kit for SiC Power MOSFETs and JBS Rectifiers
Project Description: Manufacturing process for SiC MOSFETs and JBS Rectifiers; Development of High Frequency SiC Power MOSFETs
Area of Expertise: Silicon Carbide
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Jie Li

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Wireless Power System Design for Maximum Efficiency
Project Description: Co-design of coils, converters, and circuit operation control to achieve maximum end-to-end efficiency for a 10 W wireless power transfer application.
Area of Expertise: Wireless power transfer
Graduation Date: n/a

Xinyu Liang

School/year: NC State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Next Generation EV Fast Charger
Project Description: Develop a 10kV medium voltage direct connected, SiC based 350kW electrical vehicle fast charger.
Area of Expertise: Electric vehicle, dc fast charger, renewable energy, wide band gap device, power electronics
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Sandro Martin

School/year: Florida State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: 100 kW Commercial PV Inverter
Project Description: A high-efficiency, high-power density transformerless 100kW PV inverter implemented using SiC devices. The power density of this inverter will be 27 times higher than that of the state-of-the-art Si-based equivalent.
Area of Expertise: Comparative device loss, thermal design, control system design
Graduation Date: Spring 2020

Cristian Melara

School/year: NC State, senior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Project: Silicon Carbide Semiconductors
Project Description: Device testing Silicon carbide wafers
Area of Expertise: Silicon Carbide device testing
Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Daniel Merced

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Area of Expertise: Silicon Carbide, Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy
Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Adam Morgan

School/year: NC State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics Packaging
Project: Super Cascode Power Module
Project Description: Design, simulation, fabrication, and testing of a SiC/Si-based super cascode power module for medium voltage, high power applications switching at 100+ kHz to study performance comparison with current state of the art Si-IGBT module in the same class.
Area of Expertise: High voltage, high temperature power electronics packaging
Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Shahriar Nibir

School/year: University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Wideband current sensors for wide-bandgap device based high frequency power electronics applications
Project Description: Development of a DC-10MHz wideband contactless current sensor for high frequency power electronics applications. Investigate the feasibility of isolated current sensor integration techniques in device modules for control/protection.
Area of Expertise: High frequency GaN converters, DC-DC converters, High bandwidth current sensors, Magnetic sensors
Graduation Date: Summer 2018

Sanket Parashar

School/year: NC State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Asynchronous microgrid power conditioning system.
Project Description: My project implements the 10kV SiC Devices in Converter designing for Power conditioning system.
Area of Expertise: Medium voltage SiC Technology
Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Peter Pham

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Master’s
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: GaN-based High Efficiency Multi-load Wireless Power Supply
Project Description: Designing, building and testing a workstation that can wirelessly charge multiple devices simultaneously and individually. The peak efficiency of the system is expected to be greater than 90% at a full load.
Area of Expertise: Wireless Power Transfer, Power Converters
Graduation Date: Fall 2019

Ruiyang Qin

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Comprehensive Design Leveraging Wide Bandgap Devices to Enable High Power, High Efficiency Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles
Project Description: High power high frequency self-resonant coil design for wireless electric vehicle charger application
Area of Expertise: Coil design for high frequency WPT system
Graduation Date: Fall 2022

Dhrubo Rahman

School/year: NC State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Development of Active Harmonic Filter using Interleaved SiC Inverter
Project Description: Design, fabrication and testing of SiC-based Active Harmonic filter using interleaved topology. The focus is on better achieving performance than the state-of-the-art by utilizing capabilities of WBG power devices.
Area of Expertise: WBG power device based system design and control
Graduation Date: Summer 2019

Satish Rengarajan

School/year: NC State, Master’s
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics, Motor Drives and Power Devices
Project: Characterization and Analysis of 10 kV Generation-3 SiC Power MOSFET Model
Project Description: Saber modelling of power MOSFETs and validation of the same with characterization curves taken from a power device analyzer. I have worked on 10 kV Gen-3 SiC devices manufactured by Wolfspeed.
Area of Expertise: SiC, Power Electronics, Renewable Energy, Motor Drives
Graduation Date: Summer 2018

Jordan Sangid

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Microelectronics
Project: GaN vs. Silicon for Class D Audio Applications
Project Description: Comparing the use of GaN to Silicon in Class D Audio with respect to efficiency, THD, and noise analysis.
Area of Expertise: GaN-based power converters and audio electronics
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Timothy Sonnenberg

School/year: NC State, Senior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Renewable Electric Energy Systems
Project: Ecological Personal Rapid Transit (ecoPRT)
Project Description: Designing, building and testing wireless charging systems for electric vehicles
Area of Expertise: Power electronics
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Nathan Strain

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Master’s
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: GaN-Based High Efficiency, High Density Rectifier for Data Centers
Project Description: Designing a GaN-based 3kW AC-DC converter for data center power supply
Area of Expertise: Galium Nitride
Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Jingjing Sun

School/year: University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: GaN based rectifier design for data centers
Project Description: Use GaN devices to achieve a high-frequency, high-density and soft-switching rectifier for data centers
Area of Expertise: Data centers power supplies, Gallium Nitride
Graduation Date: Fall 2021

Sofia Taylor

School/year: NC State, Junior
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concentration: Renewable Electric Energy Systems
Project: EcoPRT Wireless Power Transfer
Project Description: Development of a battery balancing circuit board to increase the efficiency and safety of the vehicles’ batteries.
Area of Expertise: Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles
Graduation Date: Spring 2020

Lu Wang

School/year: Florida State, Ph.D.
Major: Power Electronics
Project: 100 kW Commercial PV Inverter
Project Description: High efficiency, high power density, transformer-less SiC PV inverter
Area of Expertise: High efficiency high power density grid-tie SiC PV inverters
Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Sizhen Wang

School/year: N.C. State, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concentration: Power Semiconductor Devices
Area of Expertise: Gallium nitride power devices 
Graduation Date: Fall 2018

Xiaoyang Wang

School/year: The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: SiC based DAB
Area of Expertise: Wideband gap materials
Graduation Date: n/a

Paxton Wills

School/year: The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Master’s
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Distributed Energy Resources
Project Description: Research Intern at the Electric Power Research Institue
Area of Expertise: Involved in the Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) group doing research with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) including solar installations performance and controls.
Graduation Date: Spring 2019

Jehyuk Won

School/year: NC State, Ph.D.
Major: Power Electronics
Project: EV Fast charger
Project Description: Designing an auxiliary power supply for medium voltage system
Area of Expertise: Electric Vehicle, SST, AC DC converter
Graduation Date: Fall 2020

Nick Yun

School/year: SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Ph.D.
Major: Nanoscale Engineering
Concentration: Power Semiconductor Devices
Project: Development of 600V SiC JBS Diodes and MOSFETs / Development of 6.5kV/10kV SiC MOSFETs, JBS Diodes, and JBS Diode Integrated MOSFETs.
Project Description: Development of low voltage and high voltage power devices.
Area of Expertise: Design and fabrication of energy efficient SiC power devices.
Graduation Date: Spring 2022

Xiang Zhou

School/year: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ph.D.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Power Electronics
Project: Previous: Reliability Benchmarking of Lateral GaN Power HEMTs on Si Substrates and Assessment of GaN/Si Epitaxy
Project Description: Superjunction power devices
Area of Expertise: Wide bandgap material power devices and power ICs
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2022 (with Ph.D.)