Renewable Energy & Advanced Power Electronics Research Lab
Sawsan earned her BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 2019. She was a Research Associate in the REAPERlab from 2019 to 2020 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in power electronics at Texas A&M in Qatar. Her areas of interest include mechatronic arc fault generator; computer-controlled photovoltaic electrical curve tracer; machine learning techniques for power and energy systems.
PhD, expected May 2021
Dissertation: “Non-Planar Photovoltaic Surfances: Modelling, Optimization, and Application.” 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. His research intersts include flexible non-planar thin film applications and energy conversion efficiency.
PhD, May 2020
Dissertation: “Model Predictive Control Methods for Photovoltaic Electrical Energy Conversion Systems.” 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.
Dr. Shunlong Xiao
PhD, May 2018
Dissertation: “Control Strategies of DC
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
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
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
PhD, May 2016
Dissertation: “Topology and Control for Photovoltaic Microinverters.” Haiyu received his M.Sc in Electrical Engineering – Power Electronics and Power
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
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
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
MS, December 2019
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
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
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
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.
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.
MS, December 2017
Thesis: “Commutation Technique for
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MS, May 2012
Thesis: “A Design-Oriented Framework to Determine the Parasitic Parameters of
MENG, May 2011
Research Topic: Reliability of Photovoltaic Inverters
Divya Rathna Balakrishnan
MS, Dec 2010
MEng, May 2010
Technical Report: “Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems”
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.