Graduate Researchers

Doctoral Degrees

Lance Alpuerto

Lance Alpuerto

PhD Student

Lance received his B.A. in mathematics from Lyon College in 2013. He graduated with an M.S. in electrical engineering specializing in power electronics at Texas A&M in December of 2016. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in power electronics to continue his research with grid-integration and non-planar applications of flexible thin film photovoltaics. His research interests include flexible non-planar thin film applications and energy conversion efficiency.

Minjeong Kim

Minjeong Kim

PhD Student

Minjeong received her B.Sc. from Yonsei University in Seoul, S. Korea, in 2014 and the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station, TX USA. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in power electronics at Texas A&M in College Station. Her interest areas control and modulation method for inverters.

Morcos Metry

Morcos Metry

PhD Student

Morcos received his B.S. from Texas A&M University at Qatar in electrical and computer engineering, with honors, in May 2014. Then he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX USA to pursue his Ph.D. in Power Electronics. Morcos is also a research trainee in the Research and Development department of Qatar Foundation. His interest areas are in photovoltaic integration with the power grid using advanced control methods.

Aaqib Peerzada

Aaqib Peerzada

Affiliated PhD Student

Aaqib received his BS in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, India in 2011. He served as an operational and design engineer for NTPC Ltd, one of the largest generation utilities in the world, for over three years. Mr. Aaqib is under the supervision of Prof. Begovic, in collaboration with the REAPER Lab. His research interests include wide area control and protection, power system optimization, integration of renewable energy and resilient energy infrastructures.

Dr. Shunlong Xiao

Dr. Shunlong Xiao

PhD, May 2018

Dissertation: Control Strategies of DC Micorgrid to Enable a More Wide-Scale Adoption.” Shunlong Xiao received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 2013. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in power electronics. His research interests include DC-DC converter, grid-connected inverter, and DSP based control of power electronics system.

Dr. Mostafa Mosa

Dr. Mostafa Mosa

PhD, May 2018

Dissertation: “Model Predictive Control Techniques of Multilevel Inverter for PV Applications.” Mostafa received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from South Valley University, Aswan, Egypt, in 2008, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Aswan University, Aswan, Egypt, in 2012. His research interests include power electronics for renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, photovoltaic power integration, and switching power supplies.

Dr. Xiao Li

Dr. Xiao Li

PhD, May 2017

Dissertation: A Novel Single-Phase Grid-connected PV Inverter System. Xiao Li received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 2012. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in power electronics at Texas A&M University. His research interests include switching power supply, grid-connected inverter, and control of power electronics system.

Dr. Zhan Wang

Dr. Zhan Wang

PhD, December 2016

Dissertation: “Arc Fault Detection in DC Photovoltaic Systems.” Zhan received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering – Electric Machines and Drives from Zhejiang University, China in 2010. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in power electronics at Texas A&M University. His research interests include optimal switching power supplies, and renewable energy conversion. He is currently working on arc fault detection in photovoltaic DC fields, and DSP applications in power electronics systems.

Dr. Haiyu Zhang

Dr. Haiyu Zhang

PhD, May 2016

Dissertation: “Topology and Control for Photovoltaic Microinverters.” Haiyu received his M.Sc in Electrical Engineering – Power Electronics and Power Drives from Zhejiang University, China in 2011. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in power electronics in Renewable Energy, Advanced Power Electronics Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University. His research interests include switching power supply, grid-connected inverter, UPS and LED driving. He is currently working on power conditioning system for solar energy.

Dr. Mohammad Shadmand

Dr. Mohammad Shadmand

PhD, May 2015

Dissertation: Model Predictive Control Techniques with Application to Photovoltaic, DC Microgrid, and a Multi-Sourced Hybrid Energy System.” Mohammad received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Qatar University in 2010 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering frim Texas A&M Univeristy in 2012. His research interests include performance analysis of PV systems, switching power supplies, and DC-DC converters.

Dr. Souhib Harb

Dr. Souhib Harb

PhD, May 2014

Dissertation: “Single-Phase Inverter and Rectifier for High-Reliability Applications.” Souhib received his MS degree from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA, in 2010, and his BS degree from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan in 2008, both in electrical engineering. His master thesis was “Three-port Micro-Inverter with Power Decoupling Capability for Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Applications“. His research interests include power electronics for renewable energy applications, the reliability of power electronics converters, and non-linearity phenomenon in power electronics.

Dr. Mehran Mirjafari

Dr. Mehran Mirjafari

PhD, May 2013

Dissertation: “Automated Synthesis Tool for Design Optimization of Power Electronic Converters.” Mehran received his MS in electrical engineering – power electronics and electric machines from Sharif University of technology, Tehran, Iran on 2005 and his BS in electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran on 2002. His research interests include optimization of power electronic converters and renewable energy systems. He is currently employed at Dell, Inc.

Masters Degrees

Ricky Lanclos

Ricky Lanclos

MS Student

Research area:

Mostafa Raslan

Mostafa Raslan

MS, December 2019, expected

Thesis: “Shape Memory Alloy Actuated Switch (SMAAS).” Moustafa received his B.Sc. With Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in Qatar in May 2017. He is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Engineering at Texas A&M University with a focus area spanning Mechanical, Electrical and Materials Engineering. His research interests include Electro-mechanical Systems, Shape Memory Alloys and Micro fabrication.

Bilge Tunçel

Bilge Tunçel

Affiliated MS Student

Bilge Tuncel graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) as a Mechanical Engineer in 2015. She is currently studying for her Ms. in Physics at METU while working as a research assistant in Energy Engineering in Ankara University. Her research interests include solar energy and performance analyses for solar applications. She is collaborating with REAPERlab on thermal modeling of PV modules. Dr. Balog is her co-advisor with Prof. Bülent G. Akınoğlu from METU.

Muhammed Emin Ekin

Muhammed Emin Ekin

MS, May 2018

Thesis: “Thermal Modeling of Photovoltaic Modules for Reliability Assessment of Single-Phase Module-Integrate Power Electronics in Turkey.” Muhammed received the B.S. degree from Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey, in 2013. His research interests include control systems, power electronics for renewable energy applications, and the reliability of power electronics converters. He won a scholarship from the Turkish Ministry of Education and his master education was sponsored by Turkish Petroleum.

 

Sivasai Praneeth Nanduri

Sivasai Praneeth Nanduri

MEng, May 2018

Thesis: “Autonomous Delta Power Control for Photovoltaic Sources in a DC Microgrid.” Praneeth has received his B.Tech degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India in 2014. His research interests include grid integration of renewable energy sources, power electronics converter design and DSP based control.

Sarthak Jain

Sarthak Jain

MEng, May 2018

Sarthak Jain received his B.Tech degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering in 2014 in India. His research interests include Photovoltaic grid connected systems, power electronics converter design and DSP based control. He is currently working on qZSI using Model predictive control for PV applications.

Minjeong Kim

Minjeong Kim

MS, December 2017

Thesis: “Commutation Technique for High Frequency Link Inverter Without Operational Limitations and Dead Time. Minjeong received her B.Sc. from Yonsei University at Seoul in 2014. Her research interests include control and modulation method for inverters.

Stephen McConnell

Stephen McConnell

MS, May 2017

Research area: Photovoltaic Arc Fault Detection. Stephen received his B.S. from Texas A&M University in May 2014. He graduated as an Undergraduate Research Scholar with the thesis entitled “Photovoltaic Arc-Fault Detection”. His research interests include signal processing approaches to evaluate DC system performance.

Lance Alpuerto

Lance Alpuerto

MS, December 2016

Thesis: “Modeling of Non-Planar Photovoltaic Arrays.” Lance received his B.A. in mathematics from Lyon College in 2013. His research interests include solar modeling, non-planar thin film applications. and energy conversion efficiency.

Hezi Zhu

Hezi Zhu

MS, May 2016

Thesis: “Real-time Arc Fault Detection in Photovoltaic DC Systems.” Hezi Zhu received her B.S.Eng degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation in North China Electric Power University 2013. Her research area lies in arc fault detection embedded into photovoltaic power electronics.

Bo Tian

Bo Tian

MS, May 2015

Thesis: “A Single-Phase Rectifier with Ripple-Power Decoupling and Application to LED Lighting.” Bo Tian received his B.Sc in Electronic and Information Engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong in 2012. Previously, he had worked as a design engineer for two years in designing switching mode power supplies for LED lighting solutions before joining Texas A&M University.

Mohit Kedia

Mohit Kedia

MEng, December 2013

Research Topic: Reliability of Photovoltaic Inverters. Mohit has received his B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Amravati University, India in 2011. His research interest includes switching power supplies, PV and LED power electronics. He is currently working on developing methods for designing reliable and efficient power electronics converters and renewable energy systems.

Mohammad Shadmand

Mohammad Shadmand

MS, May 2012

Thesis: “A Design-Oriented Framework to Determine the Parasitic Parameters of High Frequency Magnetics in Switching Power Supplies using Finite Element Analysis Techniques.Mohammad received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Qatar University in 2010. His research interests include performance analysis of PV systems, switching power supplies, and DC-DC converters. He is currently working on model predictive control techniques for power converters.

Samantha Castillo

Samantha Castillo

MENG, May 2011

Research Topic: Reliability of Photovoltaic Inverters 

Divya Rathna Balakrishnan

Divya Rathna Balakrishnan

MS, Dec 2010

Cole Dietert

Cole Dietert

MEng, May 2010

Technical Report: “Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems”

Haitham Kanakri

Haitham Kanakri

MS Student

Research Topic: Solid State LED lighting. Haitham received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan in 2013. His research interests are in power electronics for LED lighting and renewable energy applications.

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