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PhD Students

Silvanus D'silva

Silvanus D’silva is from India, born in Mumbai, India in 1993. He received his Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Mumbai, India (MU). He worked as an external engineer for Rockwell Automation Inc., Milwaukee, WI from 2014 to 2017 where he worked as a Systems Engineer. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. He has joined PEAS Research Group in January 2018. He was an intern at Typhoon HIL, Inc in summer 2019.

His research interest include areas of Power Electronics and Power Distribution systems.

IPEG Research Associate: January 2018- Present

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Ahmad Khan

Ahmad Khan (S’17) received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Qatar University, Doha, Qatar in 2014 and 2017, respectively. From 2018 to 2020, he was a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA. Since 2020, he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Mr. Khan received the Qatar University outstanding thesis award in 2017. He received the best paper award from IEEE IES in the 12th CPE-POWERENG and the 2nd SGRE conferences in 2018 and 2019, respectively. He is co-recipient of the “2019 IEEE Foundation Industry Application Society Myron-Zucker Grant”.

IPEG Research Associate: August 2018- Present

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Matt Baker

Matt Baker was born in St. Peters Missouri in 1996. He earned his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Rockhurst University in May of 2018. He was a Ph.D. student at Kansas State University from 2018-2020. Since 2020, he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. His research interests include GaN based power electronics.

IPEG Research Associate: August 2018- Present

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Amin Yousefzadeh Fard

Amin Yousefzadeh Fard received his B.Sc. degree from Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Tabriz, Iran in 2011, and obtained his M.Sc. degree with “Second Rank Honor” from University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran in 2014, both in Electrical Power Engineering. From 2014 to 2018, he was with Roshdiyeh Higher Education Institute (RHEI) as a lecturer, the supervisor of Electrical Machinery and High Voltage Laboratories, and the educational manager of the Engineering Faculty. He was a Ph.D. student at K-State University from 2018-2020. Since 2020, he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. His research interests include Renewable Energy Systems like Photovoltaic Systems and Wind Turbines, Power Electronics, Distributed Generation, and Power Quality.

IPEG Research Associate: August 2018- Present

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Mohsen Hosseinzadehtaher

Mohsen Hosseinzadehtaher (S’18) received his M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2014. From 2018 to 2020, he was a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA. Since 2020, he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Mr. Hosseinzadehtaher received the best paper award in the 2nd IEEE SGRE conference in 2019. He is the co-recipient of the “2019 IEEE Foundation Industry Application Society Myron-Zucker Grant”. His research interests include Smart Grids and Electricity Markets, Power Management in Smart Grids, Power Electronics, Integration of Renewable Energies and Distributed Generations, Power Quality and Electrical Machines.

IPEG Research Associate: August 2018- Present

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Muhammad Farooq Umar

Muhammad Farooq Umar was born in Bahawalpur, Pakistan in 1991. He received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan, in 2014. He has done Masters in Electrical Power Engineering from Department of Electrical Power Engineering, U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan in 2018. His research interests are control of power electronics interfaces and renewable energy. He was a Ph.D. student in Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Kansas State University from 2019-2020. Since 2020, he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Currently he is Fulbright Grantee 2019.

IPEG Research Associate: August 2019- Present

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Anas Karaki

Anas Karaki received the B.S degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), Doha, Qatar, in 2016 and the Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, TX, USA, in 2020. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has joined IPEG research laboratory in 2020.

His research interests include microgrids, power electronics, parallel-inverter operation, power sharing between inverter-based grids, droop control, islanding detection and frequency restoration.

IPEG Research Associate: August 2020 – Present 

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MSc Students

Zhen Zhang

Zhen Zhang was born in 1998 and raised in both China and Canada. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University in May of 2019. Currently, He is pursuing M.S. degree in PEAS Research Group at Kansas State University. Zhen joined the PEAS Research Group in October of 2018. His interests are in grid modernization and renewable energy.

IPEG Research Associate: August 2019- Present

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Brevann Nun

Brevann Nun was born in Geneva, NE is 1997. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in December 2019 from Kansas State University. Currently, He is pursuing a M.S. degree at Kansas State University. Brevann joined the IPEG research group in September 2019 and his interests include power electronics and renewable energy systems.

IPEG Research Associate: September 2019- Present

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Hassan AlThuwaini

Hassan Althuwaini earned his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University in 2019. He was a research assistant at JKLab.org from 2018 to 2019. He joined the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Jan 2021 to continue his M.S studies under the supervision of Prof. Mohammad Shadmand. His research interests include Smart Micro-Grids, Energy storage system, Characterization of SiC and GaN Power Devices.

IPEG Research Associate: August 2020 – Present

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