People

Faculty

Kaushik Rajashekara received his B.Eng., M.Eng, and Ph.D (1984) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and MBA (1992) from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is presently a Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Professor of subsea power systems at the University of Houston. Prior to this, he was the Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Endowed Chair at the University of Texas, Dallas. He was also a Chief Technologist in Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis working on Electric Aircraft architectures and power conversion/control technologies for More Electric and Hybrid Electric aircrafts. From 1989-2006, he held various lead technical and managerial positions in Delphi and General Motors, and managed a team responsible for developing electric machines, controllers, and power electronics systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. He was also Technical Fellow and Chief Scientist for Advanced Power Conversion and Drive systems. From 1994 to 2006, he was also an Adjunct Professor at the Purdue School of Engineering at Indianapolis, IN.

Prof. Rajashekara has published more than 250 papers in international journals and conferences, and has totally 45 patents on power electronics & drives, electric/hybrid vehicle propulsion, fuel cell power conversion systems, and more electric aircraft. He has given more than 150 invited presentations (in over 50 countries) in international conferences and universities. He has co-authored one IEEE Press book on sensorless control of ac motor drives and contributed individual chapters to eight published books. His research interests are in the area of power conversion, control in the areas of electrification of transportation and renewable energy systems and subsea electrical systems.

Prof. Rajashekara was elected as Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation (2012) and as Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (2012). He is the recipient of the IEEE Medal on Environment & Safety Technologies (2021), IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann award (2013), IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Outstanding Achievement Award for outstanding contribution for the application of electricity to industry (2009), and IEEE IAS Gerald Kliman award (2006) for contributions to the advancement of power conversion technologies through innovations and their applications to industry. He is a Fellow of IEEE (1999) and a Fellow of SAE International (2006) for contributions to the advancement of power conversion and propulsion systems. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE IAS (2006-2007) and Prominent Lecturer (2008-2011), and presently a Distinguished lecturer of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He was inducted into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame in 1999 and received the Delphi President’s Award. He was recognized as short term scholar under UNDP China program and China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchange in 2004 He is also a recipient of the 2012 SAE Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal for outstanding technical paper. He received the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Science.

Yan Yao is Cullen Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and co-Director of Power Electronics, Microgrids & Subsea Electrical Systems Center at the University of Houston. Yao is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), a Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He received his Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from UCLA in 2008. After working as a senior scientist at Polyera Corporation and a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University with Prof. Yi Cui, he became a faculty member of the University of Houston in 2012. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017 and Full Professor in 2020. Yao has been leading research on the fundamental study of energy storage materials and devices, spanning from solid-state batteries for electric vehicles to multivalent-ion batteries and aqueous batteries for grid energy storage. He has authored more than 110 journal articles with 25,000 citations, and holds 10 US patents. He received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2013), UH Teaching Excellence Award (2016), UH Research Excellence Award (2018), Top 1% Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (2018), Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award (2018 and 2020), and Cullen College of Engineering Professorship (2020).

Hao Huang is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. After 33 years of working in Aviation and Land Vehicle Electrification industries, he retired as the Technology Chief of General Electric Aviation – Electrical Power. He was responsible for generating the technical directions, innovation strategies, and multi-generation product roadmaps for the GE Aviation and Smiths Aerospace electrical power division for 20 years. He has been constantly contributing innovations and inventions of aircraft electrical power technologies to the industry. He has had 80 US patents including several that are pending, and he also has a number of conference and Journal publications. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) with citation “for contributions to advances in electric machines and power electronics technologies for aerospace electrical systems,” a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with citation of “contributions to electric power generation, conversion, and control in aircraft,” and a Fellow of the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers (SAE) with citation of “contributions to more electric aircraft and electric vehicle power systems.” He is the recipient of IEEE Transportation Technologies Award. Dr. Huang received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA in 1987.

Dr. Hao Huang’s main technical interests are in aircraft and land vehicle electrical power systems for conventional aircraft, more electric aircraft (MAE), and hybrid electric propulsion (HEP) including electric machines, power generations, engine starting, power electronics, and motor drives.

His main technical contributions and industrial expertise include aircraft main engine starter/generator (S/G) having regenerative and sensorless commutation capabilities; megawatt dual spool electrical power extraction from turbo-engine; megawatt power, high voltage, high altitude electric motor for aircraft propulsive propeller; Silicon Carbide (SiC) based aircraft electric power system; +/-270V DC aircraft electrical system and subsystems for next generation narrow body aircraft; aerospace ADDITIVE manufacturing technology based aircraft synchronous electric generator; the establishment of the advanced electrical power integrated systems center (EPISCenter) in GE Aviation in Dayton, Ohio.

Harish S. Krishnamoorthy received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering department, National Institute of Technology (NIT) Tiruchirappalli, India and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the ECE department, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA; in 2008 and 2015, respectively. From Jun. 2008 to Jul. 2010, he worked as an Electronics Engineer with GE Energy, Hyderabad, India and received the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification there. From Apr. 2015 to July 2017, he was an Electrical Engineer with Schlumberger, Sugar Land, TX, USA. He has also briefly worked with Ford and Google Inc. Since Aug. 2017, Dr. Krishnamoorthy has been working as an Assistant Professor in the ECE department of University of Houston. He has published over 40 IEEE conference and journal papers; and has one granted patent. He has also co-authored a book chapter under IET. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and the Chair of the IEEE PELS Young Professionals group. He is also an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. His research interests are: High density power conversion; statistical methods for improvement in quality and reliability of power electronics, advanced power electronics and control for applications such as downhole (sub-sea and land), electric vehicles, renewable energy, 4G/5G envelope tracking, etc.

Xingpeng Li received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 2010, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2013. He received the M.S. degree in industrial engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA, in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. He previously worked for ISO New England, Holyoke, MA, USA, and PJM Interconnection, Audubon, PA, USA. Before joining the University of Houston, he was a Senior Application Engineer for ABB. His research interests include power system operations and optimization, energy management system, microgrids, and grid integration of renewable energy sources.

Levent U. Gökdere received a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering with a power major in 1985, an M.Sc. degree in controls in 1989 from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering in 1996 from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He was a post-doctoral research associate in the electrical engineering department at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC from 1996 to 2000. He worked for industry for more than 15 years. Since 2017, he works as a lecturer and a research scientist in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Houston, Houston, TX. His research and teaching interests are in motor drives, power electronics and electric machines.

Research Scholars

Ravi Prakash Reddy Siddavatam

Siddavatam Ravi Prakash Reddy received the B.Tech degree from National Institute of Technology Calicut, India, in 2015. He has completed his M.Sc (Engg.) and Ph.D at the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (DESE), Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India in 2020. He is currently working as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, University of Houston. His research interests include power electronic converters, high performance control and self-commissioning of induction motor drives for electric vehicle applications.

 

Mriganka Ghosh Majumder

Mriganka Ghosh Majumder received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering and Management, Kolaghat, in 2014, the M.Tech. degree in power electronics from the National Institute of Technology, Agartala, India, in 2017, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 2021. He is currently working as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Houston, TX, USA. His research interests include multilevel power converters, modulation strategy for multilevel converter, PMSM and induction motor drives.

 

Gnanasambandam Kulothungan

Gnanasambandam received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC), Pondicherry, India in 2008, the M.Sc degree in Automation and Control from National University of Singapore, Singapore in 2013, and the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National University of Singapore, Singapore, in 2019. From Sep 2008 to Jan 2012, he worked as a System Engineer in Tata Consultancy Services, India and from June 2013 to July 2014 he was an Electronic Engineer in ASM Technology Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore. Since Sep 2019, he works as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Houston, Texas, USA. His research interests include multilevel converters, modulation and control techniques of power converters for solar PV application, control of GaN FET dc/dc power converters and li-ion battery management system.

 

Ph.D. Students

Jean Lobo da Fonseca

Jean received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Ceara (Brazil) in 2017 and 2019, respectively. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, USA. His research interests include power quality improvement, modular multilevel converters, battery integration to electrical grids and microgrids.

Vinay Rathore

Vinay completed his B.Tech degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NIT Warangal in 2016. He Worked in Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd. as Hardware Engineer for design and development of EV battery chargers from September 2016 to December 2018. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. His research interests are Wireless power transfer, EV battery chargers, high frequency converters, high frequency and planar magnetics design.

Yu Yao

Yu Yao received his bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Information Engineering from Xidian University, Xi’an, China in 2015 and master’s degree in Circuits and Systems from Xidian University, Xi’an, China in 2018. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. His research interests include Power Electronic, Electric Vehicle Charger, and Renewable Energy Systems.

Arun Venkatesh Ramesh

Arun graduated with Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, India in 2013 and Master of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2015. He worked as a Software Engineer Specialist for GE, Hyderabad, India from March 2017 to December 2018 developing software applications for Energy Management Solutions, Wide Area Monitoring and Energy Markets. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering at University of Houston. His research interests are Power System Operations and Planning, Power System Optimization and Smartgrids.

Mingjian Tuo

Mingjian Tuo received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2015 and master’s degree in Computer Application Technology from National Engineering Research Center for E-Learning of Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China in 2018. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. His research interests include power system operations, power system optimization, machine learning and smart grids.

Goutham Selvaraj

Goutham Selvaraj received his BE degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, India, in 2010 and M.S. degree in power electronics and energy systems from The University of Texas at Dallas, TX – USA, in 2014. He is currently a R&D Engineer II – Power electronics control and embedded firmware development at Toshiba International Corporation, Houston , TX – USA. He is also pursuing Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston. His research interests include digital control design for low voltage and medium voltage adjustable speed drives – sensor based and sensor-less scalar and vector control for induction motor and PM Motor applications, custom motor control for long cable applications such as subsea and down hole pumping and drilling ,PWM strategies for multi-level inverters, modelling and simulation of power electronics circuits and control development.

Anant Singh

Anant Singh received his B.Tech(Hons) degree from SASTRA University, Tamil Nadu, India, in 2013 and M.S. degree in Power Electronics and Energy Systems from The University of Texas at Dallas, TX – USA, in 2016. He is currently working as a Motor Controls Engineer at Halla Mechatronics, MI – USA. He is also pursuing Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston. His research interests include adjustable speed drives for low voltage and high voltage automotive applications, torque ripple modelling and minimization techniques for different permanent magnet and synchronous reluctance machines, modelling and simulation of power electronics circuits and control development.

Cunzhi Zhao

Cunzhi Zhao received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineer from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, USA in 2015 and master’s degree in Electrical Engineer from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, USA in 2018. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. His research interests include Microgrid Energy Management Strategy, Power System Optimization and Smart grids.

Jin Lu

Jin Lu received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China in 2018 and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA in 2020. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston. His research interests are power system restoration and power system operation.

Thuan Pham

Thuan received his bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston. In 2019, he graduated with master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Management from the University of Houston while working as a Professional Engineer at CenterPoint Energy doing Relay & SCADA project for electrical substations, Thuan is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston. His research interests include applying machine learning for power system operation and optimization.

Hussain Sayed

Hussain Sayed Received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology, Iraq, in 2010, and the MS.c degree in Systems Engineering from the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2016. From January 2017 to August 2020, he worked as a lecturer in the power electronics field at the University of Technology, Iraq. Since August 2020, he joined the University of Houston as a Ph.D. Student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests include performance investigation of wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices, design and analysis of high-voltage gain source impedance-based dc-dc converters, dc-dc bidirectional converters, solid-state transformers, high-frequency high-power-density converters.

Ravi Kumar Gaddala

Ravi Kumar Gaddala received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bapatla Engineering College, Bapatla, India and Master’s of Technology in Power Electronics and Drives from Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Later, he worked as an assistant project engineer and junior research fellow at IIT Guwahati and IIT Bhubaneswar in 2019 and 2020, respectively, India. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. in electrical engineering at University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. His research interests include renewable energy-based grid forming inverters, battery energy storage system, robust control techniques and efficient power sharing methods for power electronic converters.

Arnur Karbozov

Arnur Karbozov received his BEng degree in Electrical Engineering from Nazarbayev University Astana, Kazakhstan, in 2018 and the MSc degree in Energy Systems from the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Moscow, Russia, in 2020. He was a research assistant at Nazarbayev University from July 2020 to November 2020. Currently, he is pursuing PhD in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, USA. His research interests include microgrids, integration of renewable energy, electrification of subsea oil and gas.

Virendra Singh

Virendra Singh received his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya Haridwar, India in 2017 and the M.Tech. degree in Power Electronics and Drives from the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, in 2019. He was a project engineer in Indian Institute of Technology Madras from November 2019 to October 2020. Currently, he is pursuing Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston, Texas, USA. His research interests include microgrids, sensorless control of PMSM drives for subsea applications, and electric vehicles.


Past Research Scholars
Dr. Sumit Kumar Pramanick: Assistant Professor, Dept. of EE, IIT Delhi, India.
Dr. Satish Naik Banavath: Assistant Professor, Dept. of EE, IIT Dharwad, India.
Dr.Venkateswaran Lakshminayanan Power Systems Engineer, Nayak Corporation, Skillman, NJ, USA.
Dr. Krishna Raj Ramachandran Potti Assistant Professor, Centre for Automotive Research and Tribology, IIT Delhi, India.
Dr. Anindya Ray Post Doctoral Researcher, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque , NM, USA.
Yang Qi PhD Student, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Dr. Min Chen Associated Professor, Zhejiang University, China.
Dr. Soumen Kar Quantum Technology Scientist, RF-SUNY, Albany, NY.

Graduated Students
Ph.D. Students
Bohang Zhu
Qicheng Huang
Venkateswaran Lakshminayanan
Parthasarathy Nayak
Anindya Ray
Shilei Jiao
Amin Sadat
Srikanth Yerra

MS Students
Venkata Gowtam Srivatsav Chemudupati