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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:
Personal Website
Google Scholar Profile


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

Ethan Hotchkiss

Ethan Hotchkiss


B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Connecticut, USA.
Pursued degree: M.S.
Research interests: Power Electronics
Current project area: Design and Control of a Multi-Level Inverter
E-mail: ethan.hotchkiss@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

Bailey Andrew

Bailey Andrew


Pursued degree: BS Electrical Engineering (Currently Sophomore)
Research interests: Electric Machines for Wind Energy Systems
Current project area: Switched Reluctance Generators for Micro-wind Turbines
E-mail: bailey.andrew@uconn.edu

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Daniel Dabkowski


Pursued degree: BS Electrical Engineering (Currently Senior)
Research interests: Electric Machines and Drives
Current project area: High-performance electric drives
E-mail: daniel.dabkowski@uconn.edu

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson


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

John Rockett

John Rockett


Pursued degree: BS Electrical Engineering (Currently Sophomore)
Research interests: Power Electronics and Drives
Current project area: Performance enhancement of electric machines and drives
E-mail: john.rockett(@)uconn.edu

Alumni

Visiting Scholars:

Prof. Christos Mademlis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Spring 2017)

Ph.D.:

Yiqi Liu (Fall 2017)

M.S.:

Amruta Kulkarni (Spring 2014)
Weiqiang Chen (Spring 2015)
Xiaofang Shi (Summer 2015)
Artur Ulatowski (Spring 2016)
Yiqi Liu (Fall 2016)

Interns:

Elie Libbos (Summer 2017)
Johyun Min (Summer 2017)

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
Ernesto Ortega-Hernandez
Bryan Davis