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University of Connecticut School of Engineering Advanced Power Electronics
and Electric Drives Laboratory

Lab Founder and Director

Prof. Ali Bazzi, Ph.D., UTC Assistant Professor of Engineering Innovation

Ali Bazzi Ph.D. Electrical Engineering: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.E. Electrical Engineering: American University of Beirut
B.E. Electrical Engineering: American University of Beirut

Research interests:
- Power electronics applications in motor drives, renewable energy systems (especially solar photovoltaics), micro-grids, and smart-grid.
- Control and estimation in power electronics applications for efficiency, reliability, and operational enhancement.
- Loss estimation in power electronic systems, specifically in motor drives.
- Modeling, control, and simulation of power and energy systems in general.
E-mail: bazzi(@)uconn.edu

More Information: Available Here (alimbazzi.com)


Visiting Scholars

Christos Mademlis

Prof. Christos Mademlis


Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Fulbright Scholarship in UCONN (2017)
Ph.D. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
M.Sc. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Research interests:
- Electric machines and drives (design, modeling and analysis)
- Power electronic converters
- Efficiency optimization control techniques for electric machine drives (motors and generators)
- Energy saving in electric motion applications
- Energy conversion systems for renewable sources (wind energy and photovoltaic systems)
- Electric vehicles.
- Modeling, control, and simulation of power and energy systems in general.

E-mail: christos.mademlis(@)uconn.edu
E-mail: mademlis(@)eng.auth.gr

Graduate Students

Jonathan Blake

Jonathan Blake


B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Connecticut, USA.
Pursued degree: M.S. (Part-time)
Research interests: Power converter design and control
Current project area: Dual-active bridge converters
E-mail: jonathan.blake(@)uconn.edu

Weiqiang Chen

Weiqiang Chen


M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Connecticut B.E. Automation: Nanjing University of Science & Technology, China
Pursued degree: Ph.D.
Research interests: Power electronics, renewable energy, grid-connected systems.
Current project area: Power electronics for smart grid applications, specifically plug-in chargers and solar inverters.
E-mail: weiqiang.chen(@)uconn.edu

Yiqi Liu

Yiqi Liu


B.S. Materials Science: Central South University, China
Pursued degree: Ph.D.
Research interests: Power electronics, electric machines, renewable and clean energy especially solar energy.
Current project area: Advanced motor control and machine design.
E-mail: yiqi.liu(@)uconn.edu

Arshiah Yusuf Mirza

Arshiah Yusuf Mirza


BTech - Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SreeNidhi Institute of Science and Technology (JNTU-H), India.
Pursued degree: Ph.D.
Research interests: Electric Machines & Drives, Sustainable Energy, Power Electronics
Current project area: Performance enhancement of electric machines and drives.
E-mail: arshiah.mirza(@)uconn.edu

Jonathan Rarey

Jonathan Rarey


B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Connecticut, USA.
Pursued degree: M.S. (Part-time)
Research interests: Embedded Systems and Power Electronics
Current project area: Multi-level inverter control
E-mail: jonathan.rarey(@)uconn.edu

Zhe Zhang

Zhe Zhang


M.E. Electrical Engineering: Beijing Jiaotong University
B.E. Electrical Engineering: Beijing Jiaotong University
Pursued degree: Ph.D.
Research interests: Power electronics and electric drives
Current project area: Characteriazation and control of swithced reluctance motors
Other interests: Robotics
E-mail: zhe.4.zhang(@)uconn.edu

Undergraduate Students

Bryan Davis

Bryan Davis


Pursued degree: BS Electrical Engineering (Currently Senior)
Research interests: Induction Motor Drives, PV energy
Current project area: Advanced motor control and fault diagnosis
E-mail: bryan.j.davis@uconn.edu

Ethan Hotchkiss

Ethan Hotchkiss


Pursued degree: BS Electrical Engineering (Currently Senior)
Research interests: Power Electronics
Current project area: Design and Control of a Multi-Level Inverter
E-mail: ethan.hotchkiss@uconn.edu

Ernesto Ortega-Hernandez

Ernesto Ortega-Hernandez


Pursued degree: BS Electrical Engineering (Currently Senior)
Research interests: Energy efficiency, solar energy, and semiconductor devices.
Current project area: Power loss modeling of electric drives.
E-mail: : ernesto.ortega-hernandez(@)uconn.edu

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson


Pursued degree: BS Electrical Engineering (Currently Sophomore)
Research interests: Energy efficiency, fuel cell driven renewable energy
Current project area: Advanced motor control and machine design
E-mail: amy.robinson(@)uconn.edu

Alumni

M.S.: Amruta Kulkarni (Spring 2014), Weiqiang Chen (Spring 2015), Xiaofang Shi (Summer 2015), Artur Ulatowski (Spring 2016)

B.S.: Anthony Trombetta, Ethan Dumaine, Daniel Popoli, Jonathan Weiss, Jonathan Rarey, Jason Meyer, Antony Xenophontos, Luocheng Wang, Manal Tahhan, Nolan Grant, Patrick Vicente, Alexander Sawyer.