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Sarina Adhikari
Sarina Adhikari is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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



Wenchao Cao
Wenchao Cao is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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



Jidong/Jack Chai
Jidong/Jack Chai is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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 is 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 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



Phanikrishna Gomatom
Krish Gomatom is a part-time Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee. He is currently employed as a project engineer/scientist at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Knoxville, TN. He conducts electrical engineering research for Electric power utilities. His areas of research interest include Power system analysis, economics, market operation and cybersecurity. Mr.Gomatom is currently pursuing his PhD on a part-time basis at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
E-mail: pgomatom@utk.edu



Lakshmi Reddy Gopi Reddy
Lakshmi Reddy Gopi Reddy is a Ph.D student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of Tennessee. 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 is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



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



Maryam Hassani Variani
Maryam Hassani Variani is a Ph.D student in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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



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



Hao Huang
Hao Huang is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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 is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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 is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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
http://web.utk.edu/~mkisacik



Yalong Li
Yalong Li is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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



Guodong Liu
Guodong Liu is a Ph.D. student in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee. 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 is a Ph.D. student in the Min Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. 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



Yuming Liu
Yuming Liu is a visiting Ph. D student at University of Tennessee. He received B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Chongqing University, Chongqing, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Previously he worked as an engineer at EHV Transmission Company of China Southern Power Grid in the field of power system operation and control, high voltage testing and asset management.
E-mail: yliu59@utk.edu



Penn Markham
Penn Markham is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



Benyamin Moradzadeh
Benyamin Moradzadeh is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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



Xiaojie Shi
Xiaojie Shi is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



Mitchell Smith
Mitchell Smith graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Ursinus College. Continuing his passion for applied sciences, he received an Energy Science and Engineering fellowship through the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Graduate Research at the University of Tennessee. As he starts with Professor Tolbert's power electronics group, Mitch hopes to combine his passion for electrical engineering with his interest in energy science.
E-mail: msmit258@utk.edu



Bradford Christopher Trento
Brad Trento is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2007 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2012. His research interests include modeling and control of grid-tie converters.
E-mail: btrento@utk.edu



Jing Wang
Jing Wang is 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 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 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



Yanli Wei
Yanli Wei is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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



Bailu Xiao
Bailu Xiao is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



Fan Xu
Fan Xu is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



Yao Xu
Yao Xu is a Ph.D. student who received the Min Kao Graduate Fellowship in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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



Zhuxian Xu
Zhuxian Xu is a Ph. D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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 is a Ph. D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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 is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



Liu Yang
Liu Yang is a Ph.D student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



Yanzhu Ye
Yanzhu Ye is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



Ke Zhang
Ke Zhang is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Hydropower and Information Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a visiting Ph.D. student in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests include power system wide-area monitoring and control, power system dynamic analysis, distribution automation system and information technology applications in power systems.
E-mail: ke@utk.edu



Weimin Zhang
Weimin Zhang is a Ph. D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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



Ye Zhang
Ye Zhang is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



Zheyu Zhang
Zheyu Zhang is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee. 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



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Kevin Dowling
Kevin Dowling is a Master's student in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee. 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



Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson is a Master's student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee and part of the five year B.S./M.S. program. 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



Cameron Riley
Cameron Riley is a M.S. student in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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



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Jessica Boles
Jessica Boles is a B.S. Honors student in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee, and she was named a Min H. Kao Scholar in 2012. She currently serves as the webmaster for the UT Power and Energy Laboratory and assists research for CURENT whenever possible. After her anticipated graduation in May, 2015, she hopes to continue work on her M.S. degree at the University of Tennessee as part of the five year B.S./M.S. program.
E-mail: jboles@utk.edu



Lily Hoang
Lily Hoang is an undergraduate honors student majoring in Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee. She is working towards her B.S. and expects to graduate in May 2014.
E-mail: lhoang1@utk.edu




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