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 More Electric Aircraft architectures and power conversion/control technologies for gas turbines in aero, marine, defense, and energy applications. 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 nearly 200 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 40 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 six 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 Richard Harold Kaufmann award (2013) for outstanding contributions to the advancement of electrical systems in transportation; 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.

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

Krishna Raj Ramachandran Potti

Krishna Raj received the B.Tech degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India in 2013 and the M.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2015. He has completed the requirements for the Ph.D. degree from Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (formerly CEDT), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2018. His research interests are in the areas of power converters and drives, PLC systems and smart grid.

 

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.

 

Soumen Kar

Soumen Kar received his B.Sc. in Physics (Honors) degree from Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, India and M.Sc. in Physics degree from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. He received his M.S. in Cryogenic Engineering and Ph.D. in Applied Superconductivity from Cryogenic Engineering Center at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. During Ph.D., he designed and developed a resistive type superconducting fault current limiter for Indian power sector.

In 2014, he joined University of Houston as a Research Scientist in Mechanical Engineering Department. Since 2016, he works as a Materials Engineer and Principal Investigator of SBIR projects in AMPeers LLC, Houston. Till now he has received $1.5 million funding from US-DOE Phase – I and Phase – II SBIR projects on development of REBCO based highly flexible, low cost STAR wire for compact accelerator magnet applications. He scaled up highly flexible REBCO-based round wires to 60 meters and developed round REBCO wire architectures to achieve high engineering current density in high magnetic fields at 4.2 K. He has been the lead person in the development of the symmetric REBCO tapes and STAR wires. He has two pending patents on development of round REBCO wires. At present, Dr. Kar is working as a Research Scientist in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Houston, Texas. In 2019, Dr. Kar became a Senior member of IEEE. Since 2018, he is an Editorial Board Member of Advances in Materials journal. His research interests are superconducting power and energy applications, cryogenic cooling of power and energy devices, thermal management of semiconductor devices and power electronics, mechanical and electrical properties of superconductors, nano-materials synthesis and characterization, vacuum technology and its application.

 

Ph.D. Students

Amin Sadat

Amin Rahnama Sadat received his M.S. degrees with “first rank honors” from University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran in 2014. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree as a member of PEMSES Center at the University of Houston, TX, USA. Prior to this, he was the technical engineer leader at Samin Saial Co. His research interests include Machine Learning, Reliability and Health Monitoring of Power Electronic Circuits, DC/DC Converters, Electrical Machines and Drive, Electric Vehicle Drives, Renewable Energies and Cyber Security in Power 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.

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.

Shilei Jiao

Shilei Jiao received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China in 2014 and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China in 2017. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. His research interests include renewable energy systems and distributed generation.

Srikanth Yerra

Srikanth Yerra received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, India and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Calicut, Calicut, India in 2012 and 2014 respectively. From 2014 to 2016, he has worked as an assistant professor at G V P College of Engineering for Women, Visakhapatnam, India. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. in electrical engineering at University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. His research interests include power electronic converters & control, power supply design for telecommunication systems & data centers and power conversion for automotive.

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.

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.


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.

Graduated Students
Ph.D. Students
Bohang Zhu
Qicheng Huang
Venkateswaran Lakshminayanan
Parthasarathy Nayak
Anindya Ray

MS Students
Venkata Gowtam Srivatsav Chemudupati