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Welcome to Intelligent Power Electronics at Grid Edge (IPEG) Research Laboratory.

Welcome to Intelligent Power Electronics at Grid Edge (IPEG) Research Laboratory. We are a research group with state-of-the-art laboratory located in Downtown Chicago at University of Illinois at Chicago. IPEG lab is equipped with various modern equipment and is growing. Our goal is to perform research in the area of power electronics dominated grids, energy storage systems, smart inverters, and cybersecurity analytics of power system. The present website includes highlights of our research outcomes, current research staff, and ongoing research projects. We are always looking for opportunities to establish a working relationship. Prospective students should apply to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department graduate program and contact the lab director Dr. Shadmand.

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  • Prof. Shadmand is awarded the 2024 IEEE J. David Irwin Early Career Award for his outstanding contribution in “resiliency and cybersecurity of power electronics dominated grids”. For more information please visit “IPEG News”.
  • TWO IPEG research associates are doing their internships in major industries across the USA over the summer of 2024: Silvanus Dsilva (Argonne National Laboratory) and Amirhosein Gohari Nazari (TESLA)!!
  • Dr. Matt Baker (former IPEG PhD student) will join Rockhurst University as an Assistant Professor starting August 2024. Dr. Baker defended his thesis Successfully in July 2024. IPEG lab wishes him the best of luck!!
  • IPEG Research lab to investigate security vulnerabilities of existing standards by integrating authentication, secret key establishment, and encryption-based secure communication mechanisms for smart grid. The project entitled “PKC and PUF-Based Authentication and Secret Key Establishment in Smart Grid” is selected for funding by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for $3.9 Million (2024-2027). The project collaborators are Kansas State University, University of Illinois Chicago, Florida International University, Florida Power & Light, National Instrument and Testforce. Prof. Shadmand serves as PI at UIC and the project is led by Prof. Arslan Munir at Kansas State University.
  • IPEG Research lab to investigate cybersecurity and resiliency of grid of microgrids. The project entitled “2MC: Midwest Center for Microgrid Cybersecurity” is selected for funding by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for $2.5 Million (2024-2026). The project collaborators are Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois Chicago, COMED, and Argonne National Laboratory. The project is led by Prof. Mohammad Shahidehpour at Illinois Institute of Technology, Prof. Shadmand will serve as Co-Principle Investigator.
  • IMEDIATE Ph.D. Open Position for Spring 2024/Fall 2024: IPEG research lab has three fully funded Ph.D. Open Positions starting Spring 2024 or Fall 2024. Prospective Students with strong backgrounds in power electronicspower systemsmulti-agent systems, and distributed control are highly encouraged to apply. For more information please send your CV to Dr. Shadmand.
  • Mr. Hassan Althuwaini (former IPEG MSc candidate) will join RWE Renewable Services starting January 2023. IPEG lab wishes him the best of luck!!
  • IPEG research lab to investigate resilient, next-generation solid-state power substation, integrating cybersecurity considerations to improve adoptability funded by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for $2 Million (2022-2025). More information: DOE Link
  • IPEG Ph.D. Student Muhammad Farooq Umar successfully defended his Ph.D. preliminary exam, December 5th, 2022. Congrats Farooq!
  • Dr. Ahmad Khan (former IPEG PhD candidate) successfully defended his PhD dissertation on November 4th, 2022. Congratulations, Dr. Khan!
  • Mr. Hassan Althuwaini successfully defended his MS thesis on October 21st, 2022.  Congratulations, Hassan!
  • Dr. Mohsen Hosseinzadehtaher (former IPEG PhD candidate) successfully defended his PhD dissertation on October 19th, 2022. Congratulations, Dr. Hosseinzadehtaher!
  • Dr. Shadmand, IPEG research director, will be General Co-Chair of the 50th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON 2024), Chicago, IL.
  • Five IPEG research associates are doing their internships in major industries across the USA over the summer of 2022: Mohsen Hosseinzadehtaher (Quanta Technology, Chicago), Amin Y. Fard (Intel, Hillsboro), Matt Baker (Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque), Muhammad Farooq Umar (GNW, Chicago), and Hassan Althuwaini (Invenergy, Chicago). IPEG lab wishes them the best of luck!!
  • The research performed by the IPEG team is highlighted by dSPACE company. (More Information)
  • Two IPEG Ph.D. students, Mohsen Hosseinzadehtaher and Amin Y. Fard defended their Ph.D. preliminary examination successfully. The IPEG lab congratulates them on their success and wishes them all the best in the rest of their Ph.D. journey.
  • Three IPEG Ph.D. students are hired as interns at Sandia National Lab, Siemens, and Quanta Technology to work on cutting-edge industry projects (For more information see: IPEG News).
  • IPEG Ph.D. Student Matthew Baker received the prestigious best paper award from the annual IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI) 2021 for his paper co-authored by Sarthak Jain, the hardware development engineer at Amazon Lab 126, under Prof. Shadmand’s supervision.  Their paper investigates the challenges and opportunities of GaN-based high-frequency power electronic interfaces to draw a clear futuristic roadmap for GaN devices within the power electronics realm. (More Information)
  • IPEG Ph.D. Student Mohsen Hosseinzadehtaher received the prestigious best paper award from 2019 International IEEE Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy for his paper co-authored with Ph.D. students Ahmad Khan, Matt Baker and Dr. Mohammad Shadmand. Their paper proposed novel self-healing predictive control scheme of battery energy storage system for pulse power loads in navy applications. (More Information)