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2017

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Wenchao Cao
Wenchao Cao recieved a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May, 2017. He received his B. S. degree in the major of Automation and M. S. degree in the major of Control Theory and Control Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. His research interests include renewable energy, high power grid-connected converters and high efficiency motor drives for electric vehicle applications.
E-mail: wcao2@utk.edu

2016

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Jidong/Jack Chai
Jidong/Jack Chai recieved a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016. He received his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 2007. His research interests include power system wide-area measurement and power system dynamic analysis. He is a member of the Frequency Monitoring Network (FNET) group.
E-mail: jchai@utk.edu



Yutian Cui
Yutian Cui recieved a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2016. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China in 2009 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2011. Her research interests include modeling and testing of SiC power devices.
E-mail: ycui7@utk.edu



Jiahui/Jason Guo
Jiahui/Jason Guo is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2007. His research interests include power system wide-area measurement and power system dynamic analysis. He is a member of the Frequency Monitoring Network (FNET) group.
E-mail: jguo7@utk.edu

Jiahui/Jason Guo
Jiahui/Jason Guo recieved a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016. He received his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2007. His research interests include power system wide-area measurement and power system dynamic analysis. He is a member of the Frequency Monitoring Network (FNET) group.
E-mail: jguo7@utk.edu



Yalong Li
Yalong Li received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2011. His research interests include power electronics application in power systems.
E-mail: yli81@utk.edu



2015

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Ben Guo
Ben Guo recieved a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in 2015. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 2007. In 2010, he received M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
E-mail: bguo@utk.edu

Qinran Hu
Hu Qinran received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in 2015. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2010.
E-mail: qhu2@utk.edu



Xiaojie Shi
Xiaojie Shi recieved a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2015. She received her B.S. degree in Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, China, in 2008 and M.S. degree in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2011, both in electrical engineering. Her research interests include high power grid-connected converters and renewable energy systems.
E-mail: ee.xjshi@gmail.com



Jing Wang
Jing Wang received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2015. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2009 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2011. Her research interests focus on SiC high voltage power electronics switches characterization, SR application in LLC resonant converter and electronic load emulation.
E-mail: jwang50@utk.edu



Zhiqiang Wang
Zhiqiang Wang received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2015. He received his B.S. degree in Hunan University, Changsha, China, in 2007 and M.S. degree in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2010, both in electrical engineering. He began his Ph.D. study at the Center for Power Electronics (CPES) in Virginia Tech from 2010, and in 2011 he was transferred to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to continue his research as a Ph.D. student. His research interests include high power grid-connected converters, high temperature high density power conversion.
E-mail: zqwang@vt.edu



Fan Xu
Fan Xu received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2015. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2007 and 2009.
E-mail: fxu6@utk.edu



Liu Yang
Liu Yang received a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2015. She received her B.S. and M.S. degree in Wuhan University, China, respectively in 2008 and 2010. Her research interests focus on grid-connected converters and renewable energy.
E-mail: lyang17@utk.edu



Weimin Zhang
Weimin Zhang received a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2015. He received his B. S. degree from Hefei University of Technology in 2007 and M. S. degree from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 2010. Both of his degrees are in Electrical Engineering. His research interests mainly focus on design and optimization of power converter, test and application of GaN devices.
E-mail: wzhang29@utk.edu



Zheyu Zhang
Zheyu Zhang received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2015. He received the B.S., M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2008, and 2011, respectively. Her research interests include wide band-gap and its application, gate drive design and optimization, power electronics integration.
E-mail: zzhang31@utk.edu



2014

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Lakshmi Reddy Gopi Reddy
Lakshmi Reddy Gopi Reddy recieved a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2014. She received an M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2007. Her M.S. thesis is titled, "Evaluation of Losses in HID Electronic Ballast Using Silicon Carbide MOSFETs." She completed her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from G.R.I.E.T., India in May 2005.
E-mail: lgopired@utk.edu

M.S. Thesis: Evaluation of Losses in HID Electronic Ballast Using Silicon Carbide MOSFETs

Ben Guo
Ben Guo recieved a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2014. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 2007. In 2010, he received M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
E-mail: bguo@utk.edu



Maryam Hassani Variani
Maryam Hassani Variani received a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2014. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees both in electric power engineering from Amirkabir Universrity of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) respectively in 2006 and 2009. Her current interests include renewable energies and power systems control.
E-mail: mhassani@utk.edu



Bailu Xiao
Bailu Xiao received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2014. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2005 and 2008, respectively.
E-mail: bxiao@utk.edu



Yao Xu
Yao Xu received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2014. She received the Min Kao Graduate Fellowship in Electrical Engineering. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Changsha University of Science and Technology, China, in 2006 and 2009, respectively.
E-mail: yxu25@mail.tennessee.edu



Ye Zhang
Ye Zhang received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2014. She received her B.E. in Software Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2006. She earned her M.E. in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan in 2008. After completing her Master's degree, she worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant in the HCI group of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
E-mail: yzhang86@utk.edu



Kevin Dowling
Kevin Dowling received a Master's in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2014. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012. His research interests include power systems analysis, protection, and applications of power electronics. He is a research assistant working on industrial demand response and microgrid protection projects.
E-mail: jguo7@utk.edu



Cameron Riley
Cameron Riley received a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in Spring of 2012. His research interests include power electronics and the integration of renewables into the electric grid. Outside of school he enjoys watching UT basketball and football, listening to music, and playing sports with friends.
E-mail: criley5@utk.edu



2013

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Sarina Adhikari
Sarina Adhikari recieved her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in May, 2013. She received her B.E (Electrical Engineering) from Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal in 2002 and her M.E. in Electrical Power Systems Management from Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand, in 2005. She worked as a Research Associate in Energy Field of Study, Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand after completing her Masters degree.
E-mail: sadhikar@utk.edu

Hao Huang
Hao Huang received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2013. He received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He received his another M.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A & M University, USA, in 2008.
E-mail: hhuang11@utk.edu



Zhiqiang Jin
Zhiqiang Jin received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2013. He received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He received his another M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Florida, USA, in 2008.
E-mail: zjin@utk.edu



Mithat Can Kisacikoglu
Mithat Can Kisacikoglu received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2013. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2005, and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama in 2007. His research areas include electrical power conversion, hybrid electric/fuel cell vehicles and renewable energy interface systems.
E-mail: mkisacik@utk.edu
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Guodong Liu
Guodong Liu received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2013. He received his B.S. from Shandong University, China, in 2007 and M.S. from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2009, both in electrical engineering. His current interests include renewable energies and power systems control.
E-mail: gliu5@utk.edu



Yong Liu
Yong Liu recieved a Ph.D. in the Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2013. He received his B.S. and M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Shandong University in 2007 and 2010 respectively. His research interests are wide-area power system measurement and power system analysis.
E-mail: yliu66@utk.edu



Benyamin Moradzadeh
Benyamin Moradzadeh received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2013. He received his B.S. from K.N. Toosi University of technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2004, and M.S. from Amirkabir Universrity of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2007. His current interests include renewable energies and optimization methodologies in power systems.
E-mail: bmoradza@utk.edu



Zhuxian Xu
Zhuxian Xu received a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013. She received her B. S. degree from Zhejiang University in 2008 and M. S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 2010. Her interests include modeling and control of three phase converter, motor drive control and high-temperature operation of power device.
E-mail: zxu11@utk.edu



Jing Xue
Jing Xue received a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013. He received his B. S. degree from Tsinghua University in 2008 and M. S. degree from Virgina Polytechnic Institute & State University in 2010, both in the major of Electrical Engineering. His interests include power converter modeling and design, EMI, motor control , high density magnetic design and optimization.
E-mail: jxue3@utk.edu



Yang Xue
Yang Xue received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in 2013. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China in 2006. Previously she worked as an R&D engineer in Philips, China.
E-mail: yxue5@utk.edu



Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson received a Master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and part of the five year B.S./M.S. program in 2013. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He was a Grid Innovation Leadership Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during the summer of 2012. His research interests include utility applications of power electronics, renewable energy, and electric vehicles.
E-mail: bjohns76@utk.edu



2012

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Faete Filho
Faete Filho received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in May, 2012 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil in 2004 and 2006 respectively. He worked as Associate researcher at the BATLAB Research Laboratory, Brazil in 2007 and he participated in two editions of the IEEE Future Energy Challenge. He now works at Eaton in Asheville, NC, and his areas of interest include power electronics, data acquisition systems and renewable energy sources.
E-mail: ffilho@utk.edu



Michael Pickelsimer
Michael Pickelsimer received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in August, 2012 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He was one of the inaugural students in the five year BS/MS program at UTK and was a Grid Innovation Leaders Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during the summer of 2011. His research interests included power electronics for electric vehicle applications, power systems analysis, and wireless power transfer. He now works at General Motors in Detroit, MI.
E-mail: mpickels@utk.edu



Micah Sweeney
Micah Sweeney received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in May, 2012 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the spring of 2010. His research interests include power electronics and electric machines, with applications in electric vehicles and renewable energy production. Previous research projects include an LED Solar Simulator and Augmented Buck Converter. He now works at EPRI in Knoxville, TN. Outside of work he enjoys riding his motorcycle, spending time with his fiancee and dog, brewing beer, and playing ultimate frisbee.
E-mail: micah.sweeney@gmail.com



Bradford Trento
Bradford Trento received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2012 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert) and is now working for the Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT). He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2007. He worked as a Project Engineer in the Critical Power Program at the Electric Power Research Institute in Knoxville, TN from May 2007 - Jan 2012. His research interests include modeling and control of grid-tie converters.
E-mail: btrento@utk.edu



Penn Markham
Penn Markham received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2006. After completing his bachelor's degree, he worked for ZMM Architects & Engineers in Charleston, WV. Penn is a member of the Frequency Monitoring Network (FNET) group.
E-mail: markham@utk.edu



Yanli Wei
Yanli Wei recieved a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2012. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees both in electric power engineering from Southeast University of China in 2006 and 2008, respectively. His current interests include power system economics and electric power market simulation.
E-mail: ywei9@utk.edu



2011

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Yue Cao
Yue Cao graduated with B.S majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Tennessee in May, 2011. He was a research assistant of Dr. Leon Tolbert working on multi-level converters. He is right now a M.S student in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Chancellor's Honors student, Yue has received numerous university, college and departmental scholarships in additional to awards such as UT undergraduate summer research fellowship, electrical engineering outstanding sophomore of the year, Tennessee math competition championship, USA Mathematical Olympiad national finalist, Chancellor's essay contest winner, to name a few. Outside classroom, Yue enjoys playing tennis and the accordion.
E-mail: ycao6@utk.edu



Yutian Cui
Yutian Cui received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is now a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China in 2009. Her research interests include modeling and testing of SiC power devices.
E-mail: ycui7@utk.edu



Dong Jiang
Dong Jiang received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in December, 2011 (Advisor: Dr. Fred Wang). He received his B.S and M.S degrees in electrical engineering in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He began his PhD study in the Center for Power Electronics (CPES) in Virginia Tech in 2007, and in 2010 he was transferred to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to continue his research as a PhD student. Now, he works at United Technologies Research Center in Hartford, CT, and his research interests include high performance motor control, high-density motor drive design especially with SiC devices, renewable energy application and EMI reduction for power electronics converters.
E-mail: djiang4@utk.edu



Huijuan Li
Huijuan Li received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May, 2011 and is right now working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She received her B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from North China Electrical Power University, China in 1999 and 2002 respectively. She previously worked as a research engineer at Shanghai Sieyuan Electrical Company in China on the field of ungrounded neutral distribution systems.
E-mail: hli26@utk.edu

Ph.D. Dissertation: Adaptive Voltage Control Methods using Distributed Energy Resources


Shengnan Li
Shengnan Li received the Min Kao Graduate Fellowship for electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee and received her Ph.D. there in December, 2011 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). She received her B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Xian Jiaotong University, China, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. She now works at Magna E-car in Detroit, MI.
E-mail: sli14@utk.edu



Brian Miller
Brian Miller received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in May, 2011 and is right now working at Air Force Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1998. His research interests include electrical power distribution, smart wireless sensors/actuators, solar energy, fusion energy, and robotic navigation.
E-mail: bmille41@utk.edu

M.S. Thesis: Concept for Next Generation Phasor Measurement: A Low-Cost, Self-Contained, and Wireless Design


Jing Wang
Jing Wang has received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in August, 2011. She is right now a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2009. Her research interests focus on SiC high voltage power electronics switches characterization and SR application in LLC resonant converter.
E-mail: jwang50@utk.edu



Yanzhu Ye
Yanzhu Ye received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2011. She received her B.S and M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. She began her PhD study in Virginia Tech in 2007, and in 2009 she was transferred to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to continue her study. Her research interests include power system wide-area measurement, power system dynamic analysis, and visualization. Yanzhu is a member of the Frequency Monitoring Network (FNET) group.
E-mail: yye2@utk.edu



2010

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Robert Armistead
Robert “Robin” Armistead received his MS in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2010, and his BS in Electrical Engineering from UT in December 2007.  His M.S. thesis involved analyzing parallel computing advantages in performing power system contingency analysis.
E-mail: rarmiste@gmail.com



Ashwini Chegu
Ashwini Chegu received her M.S degree in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2010. She received her Bachelor's of Engineering (BE) in Electrical Engineering from Andhra University, India in 2006.
E-mail: achegu@utk.edu



Zhe Chen
Zhe Chen received his M.S degree in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2010. He received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in 2003 and 2006, respectively.
E-mail: zchen9@utk.edu



2009

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Olumide Aluko
Olumide Aluko recieved an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in December 2009. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in May 2008. His M.S. project involved modeling DFIG wind turbines and the effects of nearby faults on wind farms.
E-mail: oaluko@gmail.com



Rui Bo
Rui Bo received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in August 2009 (Advisor: Dr. Fran Li). He is presently working at Midwest ISO in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2nd Place Prize award at Student Poster Contest at IEEE PES Power System Conf. and Expo. (PSCE) in March 2009, Seattle, Washington. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2000 and his M.S. in electrical engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2003.
E-mail: rbo2008@gmail.com

Ph.D. Dissertation: Congestion and Price Prediction in Locational Marginal Pricing Markets Considering Load Variation and Uncertainty



SeongTaek Lee
SeongTaek Lee received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in August 2009 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He has worked as an intern at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2004 until 2009. His research interests are in finite element analysis of permanent magnet machines. He received the B.S. in mechanical engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1993, a B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2003, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from UT in 2005. He previously worked as a research engineer at Mando Machinery Company in Korea designing motors.
E-mail: slee@danotekmotion.com

Ph.D. Dissertation: Development and Analysis of Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with Field Excitation Structure
M.S. Thesis: Design and Analysis of New Concept Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor by 3D Finite Element Analysis


Haiwen Liu
Haiwen Liu received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in August 2009 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is presently working as a staff engineer at Intertek ETL SEMKO in Cortland, New York. He received the B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, China. He had worked as an intern at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and EPRI Solutions Inc. from 2005 to 2008. He also worked at Samsung Electronics and Ningbo Arts & Crafts Import and Export Corp. respectively in China.
E-mail: howard.liu@intertek.com

Ph.D. Dissertation: Design and Application of Hybrid Multilevel Inverter for Voltage Boost


Brittnee Robinson

Brittnee Robinson received an M.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee in December 2009. She received her B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in May 2008. During the 2008-2009 school year, she was a recipient of the Graduate Diversity Enhancement fellowship from the University of Tennessee Graduate School. Her M.S. project involved modeling full power converters for wind turbines and the effect that nearby faults had on their ride-through capability. She is presently working at Schneider Electric in Nashville, Tennessee

E-mail: brittneerobinson@gmail.com



Michael Starke
Michael Starke received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in August 2009 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is a research engineer in the Power and Energy Systems Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He graduated with a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2004 and August 2006, respectively.
E-mail: starkemr@ornl.gov

Ph.D. Dissertation: DC Distribution with Fuel Cells as Distributed Energy Resources
M.S. Thesis: Thermoelectrics for Cooling Power Electronics


2008

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Olumide Aluko
Olumide Aluko recieved an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in December 2009. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in May 2008. His M.S. project involved modeling DFIG wind turbines and the effects of nearby faults on wind farms.
E-mail: oaluko@gmail.com



Seana McNeal
Seana McNeal received an M.S. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in December 2008 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). She received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Ohio University in 2006. She is working at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, on high temperature power electronics.
E-mail: seana.mcneal@wpafb.af.mil

M.S. Project: Effects of Paralleling Silicon Carbide JFETs



Shibani Mishra
Shibani Mishra received an M.S. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in December 2008 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). She received her Bacherlor's of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India in 2005. She is working at Schneider Electric in Lexington, Kentucky.
E-mail: shibani.mishra12@gmail.com

M.S. Thesis: Fault Current Limiting and Protection Circuit for Power Electronics used in a Modular Converter



Nura Sabir
Nura Sabir received an M.S. student in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 2008 (Advisor: Dr. Fran Li). She was a Pipeline Fellow while at UT. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University in 2005. She is presently a staff engineer at Engineering Planning and Management in Knoxville, Tennessee.
E-mail: nns@epm-inc.com



2007

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Robert Armistead
Robert “Robin” Armistead received his MS in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2010, and his BS in Electrical Engineering from UT in December 2007.  His M.S. thesis involved analyzing parallel computing advantages in performing power system contingency analysis.
E-mail: rarmiste@gmail.com



Faisal Khan
Faisal Khan received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2007 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). His dissertation was titled, "Modular DC-DC Converters". He received a first prize paper award from the Industrial Power Converter Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society in 2007. He is presently an assistant professor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He previously worked as a Senior Power Electronics engineer at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Knoxville, Tennessee from 2007 until 2009. He received an M.S. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University in August 2003. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1999. His research interest includes multilevel modular dc-dc converter for hybrid electric and fuel cell automobiles, dc-dc converter topologies and power supply efficiency issues.
E-mail: faisal.khan@utah.edu

Dissertation: Modular DC-DC Converters


Surin Khomfoi
Surin Khomfoi received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2007 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is presently a lecturer at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. He received both B.S. and M.S. degree from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand in 1996 and 2000, respectively. His research interests include power converters, AC drives, and neural network applications in power electronics and drives.
E-mail: kkhsurin@kmitl.ac.th

Dissertation: Fault Diagnostic System for Cascaded H-Bridge Multilevel Inverter Drives Based on Artificial Intelligent Approaches Incorporating a Reconfiguration Technique


Curtis Miller
Curtis Miller graduated with an M.S. in electrical engineering in 2007 from The University of Tennessee (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2002 and with a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Southeastern Oklahoma University in 1999. He is a registered professional engineer and is presently working on renewable energy projects for Tri-State Generation and Transmission in Colorado. Previously, he has worked as an intern at Tennessee Valley Authority and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and in Oklahoma City for the FAA.
E-mail: cmiller.utkee@gmail.com

M.S. Thesis: Temperature Characterization of the Ultracapacitor Serial Resistance using a Constant Voltage Source



Lakshmi Reddy Gopi Reddy
Lakshmi Reddy Gopi Reddy received an M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2007 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). Her M.S. thesis is titled, "Evaluation of Losses in HID Electronic Ballast Using Silicon Carbide MOSFETs." She is presently a Ph.D. student at The University of Tennessee. She completed her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from G.R.I.E.T., India in May 2005.
E-mail: lgopired@utk.edu

M.S. Thesis: Evaluation of Losses in HID Electronic Ballast Using Silicon Carbide MOSFETs


Bradford Trento
Bradford Trento received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2012 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert) and is now working for the Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT). He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2007. He worked as a Project Engineer in the Critical Power Program at the Electric Power Research Institute in Knoxville, TN from May 2007 - Jan 2012. His research interests include modeling and control of grid-tie converters.
E-mail: btrento@utk.edu



Hui Zhang
Hui Zhang received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in December 2007 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). She received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Zheijiang University, China, in 2000 and 2003, respectively. She is presently an assistant professor at Tuskegee University in Alabama. She worked as a post-doc at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory from January 2008 through August 2009. Her area of research interest is modeling of silicon carbide based power electronics circuits.
E-mail: huizhang.hz@gmail.com

Ph.D. Dissertation: Electro-thermal modeling of SiC Power Electronic Systems


Wenjuan Zhang
Wenjuan (Wendy) Zhang received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in September 2007 (Co-Advisors: Drs. Fran Li, Leon Tolbert). She received a Bachelors in Electrical Machines and Electrical Apparatus from Hebei University of Technology, China, in 1999 and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2003. She is presently employed at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) in Folsom, California.
E-mail: WZhang@caiso.com

Ph.D. Dissertation: Optimal Sizing and Location of Static and Dynamic Reactive Power Compensation


2006

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Pierre Boheme
Pierre Boheme received his M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is presently working as an power systems engineer at GE Energy - Industrial Systems in Vancouver, Washington. He started his Bachelor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Costa Rica, then moved to the University of Memphis and completed his degree in December 2002. He has worked as an intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from June 2004 to July 2006.
E-mail: pierre.boheme@ge.com

Thesis: Simulation of Power System Response to Reactive Power Compensation


Tim Burress
Tim Burress received his M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is working as a research staff member in the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 2004.
E-mail: burressta@ornl.gov

Thesis: Vector Control and Experimental Evaluation of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors for HEVs


Eric Caldwell
Eric Caldwell received an M.S. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is working at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, DC. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2004.
E-mail: ecardwell@gmail.com



Gerry Callison
Gerry Callison received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2004. He was an intern at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2004 - 2006. He is presently working as a project engineer at Commonwealth Associates in Jackson, Michigan. He previously worked with P&H Mining Equipment from 2006 until 2008.
E-mail: gerrycallison@yahoo.com

Thesis: An Evaluation of the Cascaded H-Bridge Multilevel Inverter Topology For Direct-Drive Synchronous Wind Farm Applications


Chris Patton
Chris Patton received an M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is presently working in the at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2004.
E-mail: pattoncd@ornl.gov



Michael Starke
Michael Starke received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in August 2009 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is a research engineer in the Power and Energy Systems Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He graduated with a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2004 and August 2006, respectively.
E-mail: starkemr@ornl.gov

Ph.D. Dissertation: DC Distribution with Fuel Cells as Distributed Energy Resources
M.S. Thesis: Thermoelectrics for Cooling Power Electronics


Yan Xu
Yan Xu received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2006 (Advisor: Dr. John Chiasson). She is working as a post doctoral research member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the distributed energy test center. She received the B.S. degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, in 1995 and the M.S. degree from North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, in 2000. Her research interests include power quality and reactive power compensation.
E-mail: xuy3@ornl.gov

Dissertation: A Generalized Instantaneous Nonactive Power Theory for Parallel Nonactive Power Compensation


2005

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Mengwei Li Campbell
Mengwei Li Campbell received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in December 2005 (Advisor: Dr. John Chiasson). Her disseration was titled, "Differential-Algebraic Approach to Speed and Parameter Estimation of the Induction Motor." She is working at General Motors Advanced Vehicle Technologies in Torrance, California, on hybrid electric vehicles. She received the B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. Her research interests include the control of switched reluctance motors and static var compensators.
E-mail: mengwei.campbell@gm.com

Dissertation: Differential-Algebraic Approach to Speed and Parameter Estimation of the Induction Motor


Zhong Du
Zhong Du received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2005 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is presently working on hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain design at Parker-Hanefin in Memphis, Tennessee. His Ph.D. thesis was "Active Harmonic Elimination in Multilevel Inverters." He received his Bachelor of Science in 1996 and the Master of Science in 1999 both from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He worked as a post-doc at Florida State University, North Carolina State University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
E-mail: zhongdu@gmail.com

Ph.D. Dissertation: Active Harmonic Elimination in Multilevel Converters


Weston Johnson
Weston Johnson received an M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 2005 (Advisor: Dr. John Chiasson). He is presently a Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky. His research area is in the design of a novel switched reluctance motor. He worked as an intern at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory from August 2004 to August 2005. He also participated in the FutureTruck competition in June 2004. He received the B.S. in electrical engineering from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1998. He previously worked as an industrial controls engineer with consulting firm in Georgia.
E-mail: weston@clutejohnson.com

M.S. Thesis: Design of a Novel Reluctance Motor for Industrial Applications


SeongTaek Lee
SeongTaek Lee received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in August 2009 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He has worked as an intern at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2004 until 2009. His research interests are in finite element analysis of permanent magnet machines. He received the B.S. in mechanical engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1993, a B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2003, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from UT in 2005. He previously worked as a research engineer at Mando Machinery Company in Korea designing motors.
E-mail: slee@danotekmotion.com

Ph.D. Dissertation: Development and Analysis of Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with Field Excitation Structure
M.S. Thesis: Design and Analysis of New Concept Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor by 3D Finite Element Analysis


Pankaj Pandit
Pankaj Prabhakar Pandit received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2005 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India in 1999. He worked at Siemens India Ltd. for two years as a project engineer in the transportation systems division and for two years at Bernecker and Rainer Industrial Automation on servo drives and permanent magnet synchronous motors. His research interests are in active front end rectifiers for motor drives. He is presently working at Siemens in Alpharetta, Georgia.
E-mail: pandit.pankaj@siemens.com

M.S. Thesis: Modeling and Analysis of Active Front-End Induction Motor Drive for Reactive Power Compensation


Ben Sooter
Ben Sooter received an M.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee in December 2005 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). His thesis was titled, "A Dynamic Ampacity Model for the Testing of Advanced Conductors." He is presently an engineer at EPRI in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. He worked as an intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from June 2004 to December 2005 testing advanced composite conductors.
E-mail: bsooter@eprisolutions.com

M.S. Thesis: A Dynamic Ampacity Model for the Testing of Advanced Conductors


Kaiyu Wang
Kaiyu Wang received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in December 2005 (Advisor: Dr. John Chiasson). His disseration was titled, "A Methodology for Solving the Equations Arising in Nonlinear Parameter Identification Problems: Application to Induction Machines." He is presently working as a senior engineer at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. He previously worked at Osram Sylvania and Bose in Boston. He received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, China. He has been a research assistant in the Power Electronics Laboratory at UT since August 2001. His research interests include motor drives and inverters.
E-mail: kaiyu.us@gmail.com

Dissertation: A Methodology for Solving the Equations Arising in Nonlinear Parameter Identification Problems: Application to Induction Machines


Marcus Young
Marcus Young graduated with an M.S. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2005 (Advisor: Dr. Marshall Pace). He is presently an engineer at EPRI in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has worked as an intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in their superconducting program. He graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2002.
E-mail: s_mayoung@hotmail.com

M.S. Thesis: An Investigation of the Current Distribution in an HTS Triaxial Power Cable and its Operational Impacts on a Power System


2004

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Tim Burress
Tim Burress received his M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is working as a research staff member in the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 2004.
E-mail: burressta@ornl.gov

Thesis: Vector Control and Experimental Evaluation of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors for HEVs


Eric Caldwell
Eric Caldwell received an M.S. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is working at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, DC. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2004.
E-mail: ecardwell@gmail.com



Jeremy Campbell
Jeremy Campbell graduated with an M.S. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in December 2004 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is an engineer at General Motors Advanced Vehicle Technologies in Torrance, California. He previously worked at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He graduated from West Virginia Tech with a BSEE in 1999. He performed engineering test support for the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) program as well as computer security/intrusion detection at Naval Surface Sarfare Center (NSWC), Dahlgren Virginia from Jan 2000 to Jan 2002. He also analyzed electrical power infrustructure at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, Dahlgren Virginia from Jan 2002 to May 2003.
E-mail: jeremy.campbell@gm.com

M.S. Thesis: A Two-Phase Cooling Method Using R134a Refrigerant to Cool Power Electronics Devices


Keith McKenzie
Keith McKenzie received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2004. (Advisors: Drs. Leon Tolbert and John Chiasson.) He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UT in December 2001. He is presently working at EnerNex in Knoxville, Tennessee.
E-mail: kjmcken@vt.edu

M.S. Thesis: Eliminating Harmonics in a Cascaded H-Bridges Multilevel Inverter Using Resultant Theory, Symmetric Polynomials, and Power Sums


Chris Patton
Chris Patton received an M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is presently working in the at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2004.
E-mail: pattoncd@ornl.gov



2003

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Jianqing Chen
Jianqing Chen received a M.S. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in August 2003 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He received an MBA from the University of Wisonsin in 2005. He is presently working as a Product Manager for rechargeable tools at TTI North America in Greenville, South Carolina. He received the B.Eng degree from Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 1994 and a M.S degree from Zhejiang University, China in 1997.
E-mail: chen8jq@hotmail.com



Madhu Sudhan Chinthavali
Madhu Sudhan Chinthavali received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in December 2003. (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert) He received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering in 2000 from Bharathidasan University, India. He is presently a research engineer at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
E-mail: chinthavalim@ornl.gov

M.S. Thesis: Silicon Carbide GTO Thyristor Loss Model for HVDC Application


Tom Cox III
Tom Cox III received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2003 (Advisor: Dr. Jack Lawler). His thesis title is "A simulation model for the four phase switched-reluctance motor." He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from UT in 1997. He is an instrumentation engineer at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
E-mail: coxjtiii@y12.doe.gov

M.S. Thesis: A Simulation Model for the Four Phase Switched-Reluctance Motor


Scott Pigg
Scott Pigg completed his B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2003. He was a research assistant in the Power Electronics Laboratory from January - July 2003. Beginning in the fall of 2003, he began graduate studies in controls in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Utah.



Ben Sooter
Ben Sooter received an M.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee in December 2005 (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). His thesis was titled, "A Dynamic Ampacity Model for the Testing of Advanced Conductors." He is presently an engineer at EPRI in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. He worked as an intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from June 2004 to December 2005 testing advanced composite conductors.
E-mail: bsooter@eprisolutions.com

M.S. Thesis: A Dynamic Ampacity Model for the Testing of Advanced Conductors


2002

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Jessica Coon
Jessica Coon is working as an electrical engineer at the Y-12 National Security Complex. She received her B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2002. She worked as an intern at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from November 2000 to May 2002.
E-mail: coonjc1@y12.doe.gov



Yinghui Lu
Yinghui Lu graduated with a M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2002. (Advisor: Dr. John Chiasson). He received the B.S. in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 1996. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 2007. He is presently living in Maryland.
E-mail: yinghui.lu@gmail.com

M.S. Thesis: Instantaneous Torque Control of Switched Reluctance Motors


Sherica Matthews
Sherica was an M.S. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee. She is presently an engineer at Dow Chemical in Houston, Texas. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UT in August 2002. She worked as an intern at the Tennessee Valley Authority during the summer of 2003.



Curtis Miller
Curtis Miller graduated with an M.S. in electrical engineering in 2007 from The University of Tennessee (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2002 and with a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Southeastern Oklahoma University in 1999. He is a registered professional engineer and is presently working on renewable energy projects for Tri-State Generation and Transmission in Colorado. Previously, he has worked as an intern at Tennessee Valley Authority and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and in Oklahoma City for the FAA.
E-mail: cmiller.utkee@gmail.com

M.S. Thesis: Temperature Characterization of the Ultracapacitor Serial Resistance using a Constant Voltage Source



Burak Ozpineci
Burak Ozpineci received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in August 2002. (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is presently the Group Leader for the Power and Energy Systems Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he has worked since 2002. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey and a M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 1998. His M.S. thesis is titled "Studies on a Performance Enhanced DC-HFAC-AC Converter System for AC Motor Drive."
E-mail: ozpinecib@ornl.gov

Ph.D. Dissertation: System Impact of Silicon Carbide Power Electronics on Hybrid Electric Vehicle Applications


Baskar Vairamohan
Baskar Vairamohan received his M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 2002. (Advisor: Dr. John Chiasson). He is presently employed at EPRI in Knoxville, Tennessee.
E-mail: BVairamohan@epri.com

M.S. Thesis: State of Charge Estimation for Batteries


Marcus Young
Marcus Young graduated with an M.S. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2005 (Advisor: Dr. Marshall Pace). He is presently an engineer at EPRI in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has worked as an intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in their superconducting program. He graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 2002.
E-mail: s_mayoung@hotmail.com

M.S. Thesis: An Investigation of the Current Distribution in an HTS Triaxial Power Cable and its Operational Impacts on a Power System


2001

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E-mail: rardis@peedeeelectric.com

Robbie Ardis
Robbie Ardis received the B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2001. He worked with the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from May 2000 - April 2001. He is presently employed at Pee Dee Electric Cooperative in Darlington, South Carolina.



Tim Cunnyngham
Tim Cunnyngham received the M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2001. (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). His M.S. thesis is titled "Cascade Multilevel Inverters for Large Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Applications with Variant DC Sources. He worked at Electric Transit Vehicle Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee upon graduation and now is an adjunct faculty member at Miami Dade College in Florida.
M.S. Thesis: "Cascade Multilevel Inverters for Large Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Applications with Variant DC Sources"
E-mail: tcunnyng@mdc.edu
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D. Steve Daniel
Steve Daniel received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in May 2001. (Advisor: Dr. Milton Bailey). His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Design and Analysis of a Novel Electric Machine and Drive."

E-mail: danields@ieee.org


Jovan Ilic
Jovan Ilic received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2001. (Advisor: Dr. Jack Lawler). His dissertation is titled "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Operations of Deregulated Power Systems." He is working as a scientific specialist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1992 and his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1989.



Keith McKenzie
Keith McKenzie received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2004. (Advisors: Drs. Leon Tolbert and John Chiasson.) He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UT in December 2001. He is presently working at EnerNex in Knoxville, Tennessee.
E-mail: kjmcken@vt.edu

M.S. Thesis: Eliminating Harmonics in a Cascaded H-Bridges Multilevel Inverter Using Resultant Theory, Symmetric Polynomials, and Power Sums


Joao Onofre Pereira Pinto
Joao Pinto received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee in August 2001.(Advisor: Dr. Jack Lawler). His dissertation is titled "Analysis of Extended Constant Power Speed Range of the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Driven by Dual Mode Inverter Control." He is presently a professor at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul in Campo Grande, Brazil.

E-mail: jpinto@nin.ufms.br

Ph.D. Dissertation: Analysis of Extended Constant Speed Range of the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Driven by Dual Mode Inverter Control


Jim Snively
Jim Snively graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 2001. He was a lab assistant in the Power Electronics Laboratory at UT from January 2001 - December 2001.
E-mail: jim.snively@us.army.mil



2000

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Hui Li
Hui Li received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 2000. (Advisor: Dr. Jack Lawler). Her Ph.D. dissertation is titled "A High Power Soft-Switched Bi-Directional DC/DC Converter for Fuel Cell Applications." She received a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. She is presently a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department of Florida State University.
E-mail: hli@caps.fsu.edu

1999

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David Marshall
David Marshall received the M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 1999. (Advisor: Dr. Jack Lawler). His M.S. project is titled "A Newton-Raphson Load Flow Solution with Voltage Sensitive Loads." He is presently employed by Southern Company in Birmingham, Alabama.



1998

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Burak Ozpineci
Burak Ozpineci received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in August 2002. (Advisor: Dr. Leon Tolbert). He is presently the Group Leader for the Power and Energy Systems Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he has worked since 2002. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey and a M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 1998. His M.S. thesis is titled "Studies on a Performance Enhanced DC-HFAC-AC Converter System for AC Motor Drive."
E-mail: ozpinecib@ornl.gov

Ph.D. Dissertation: System Impact of Silicon Carbide Power Electronics on Hybrid Electric Vehicle Applications


1997

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Tom Cox III
Tom Cox III received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee in May 2003 (Advisor: Dr. Jack Lawler). His thesis title is "A simulation model for the four phase switched-reluctance motor." He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from UT in 1997. He is an instrumentation engineer at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
E-mail: coxjtiii@y12.doe.gov

M.S. Thesis: A Simulation Model for the Four Phase Switched-Reluctance Motor


1996

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Nitinkumar R. Patel
Nitinkumar R. Patel received the M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 1996. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His M.S. thesis is titled "Sensorless Efficiency Optimized Induction Motor Drive with Neuro-Fuzzy Control." He is a technical staff member at General Motors Advanced Technonolgy Vehicle Center in Torrance, California.



1995

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Sunil M. Chhaya
Sunil Chhaya received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 1995. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose) His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Expert System Aided Automated Design of AC Drive System." He presently is a research engineer at General Motors - Advanced Technology Vehicles, in Torrance, California.



Marcelo Godoy Simoes
Marcelo Simoes received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 1995. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Fuzzy Logic and Neural Network Based Advanced Control and Estimation Techniques in Power Electronics and AC Drives." He is presently a professor in the Engineering Division of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado and right now he works as the director of ACEPS(Center of the Advanced Control of Energy and Power Systems).
E-mail: msimoes@mines.edu



Ajith Wijenayake
Ajith Wijenayake received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 1995. (Advisor: Dr. Milt Bailey). His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Design and Efficiency Optimization of an Axial Gap Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Adjustable Speed Drive System." He is presently a research engineer at Danfoss Drives in New Berlin, Wisconsin.
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1994

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David R. Crecelius
David Crecelius received the M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 1994 (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His M.S. thesis is titled "Implementation of a Speed Sensorless Vector Controlled Induction Motor Drive with Zero Speed Start-Up."



1993

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Debaprasad Kastha
Debaprasad Kastha received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 1993. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Fault Mode Investigation and Fault Tolerant Control of Voltage-Fed Inverter Induction Motor Drive."



Gilberto Costa D. Sousa
Gilberto Sousa received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in December 1993. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Application of Fuzzy Logic for Performance Enhancement of Drives." He is presently a professor at the Universidade Federal Do Espirito Santo in Brazil.



1992

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Laura Marlino
Laura Marlino graduated with a M.S. in 1992 from the University of Tennessee. (Advisor: Dr. Milton Bailey). Her thesis was titled "Power conversion circuitry and system aspects of utilizing a superconducting coil in a low earth orbit satellite." She is currently a program manager at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
E-mail: marlinold@ornl.gov



1991

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Adeoti Taiwo Adediran
Adeoti Adediran received the M.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in August 1991. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). Her M.S. thesis is titled "Some Studies on Three-Phase Diode Rectifier-Boost Converter for Active Filtering." She received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University in 2003.



Seyed Sotoudeh
Seyed Sotoudeh graduated in December 1991 from the University of Tennessee. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His thesis title was "Switching Characteristics of Modern Power Semiconductors."



1990

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Greg J. Ball
Greg Ball graduated in August 1990 from the University of Tennessee. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His thesis title was "An Adaptive Hysteresis Band Pulse Width Modulated Inverter Induction Motor Drive." He works at Powerlight Corp. in Berkeley, California.



Ravindra Joshi
Ravindra Joshi graduated in December 1990 from the University of Tennessee. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His M.S thesis title was "Base/Gate Suppression of Inactive Power Devices of a Voltage Fed Inverter and Precision Synthesis of AC Voltage and DC Link Current Waves."



Gregory V. Murphy
Gregory Murphy graduated with a Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Tennessee. (Advisor: Dr. Milton Bailey). His dissertation is titled "Robust LQG/LTR control system design for a low-pressure feedwater heater train with time delay." He is currently a professor in electrical engineering at Tuskegee University in Alabama.
E-mail: gvmurphy@ieee.org



1989

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Jih-Sheng Lai
Jih-Sheng Lai received the M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 1985 and 1989, respectively. (Advisor: Dr. B.K. Bose). His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "High Frequency Resonant Link Inverter Induction Motor Drives Using Microcomputer Control." He is presently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
E-mail: laijs@vt.edu



Robert Young
Robert Young graduated in August 1989 from the University of Tennessee. (Advisor: Dr. B. K. Bose). His thesis title was "Universal Power Line Conditioner with Digital Signal Processor Based Control." He worked at the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory before retiring in 1999.



1988

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1987

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1986

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1985

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Jih-Sheng Lai
Jih-Sheng Lai received the M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 1985 and 1989, respectively. (Advisor: Dr. B.K. Bose). His Ph.D. dissertation is titled "High Frequency Resonant Link Inverter Induction Motor Drives Using Microcomputer Control." He is presently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
E-mail: laijs@vt.edu



1984

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Steve Golik
Steve Golik was an M.S. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee in 1984. He worked as a power supply design engineer at Philips Consumer Electronics from 1984 to 2005. He has worked at Adtrans in Huntsville, Alabama since 2006.
E-mail: Steve.Golik@adtran.com




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