Active Research Projects

University Of Pittsburgh

Suraj M.V., PhD Student

Project Title: Soft Magnetic Nanocomposite Materials for Next Generation Power Conversion
Advisor: Prof. Paul Ohodnicki
Funding: University of Pittsburgh

Ahmed Talaat, Visiting Research Faculty

Project Title: Advanced Rapid Thermal Processing of Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Alloys
Advisor: Prof. Paul Ohodnicki
Funding: University of Pittsburgh

Tyler Paplham, PhD Student

Project Title: Spatially Optimized Iron-Cobalt (Hiperco) Soft Magnetic Alloys for Electric Vehicle and Hybrid-Electric Aviation Motor Applications
Advisor: Prof. Paul Ohodnicki
Funding: Manufacturing PA Innovation Program

Ryan Brody, PhD Student

Project Direction: Electric Vehicle Power Conversion Systems
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: Hillman Family Foundation

Thomas Cook, PhD Student

Project Direction: LLC Resonant Converter Optimization
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Zachary Smith, PhD Student

Project Direction: Multi-Port Dual Active Bridge with Coupled Magnetics
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: Hillman Family Foundation

Thibaut Harzig, PhD Student

Project Direction: Model Predictive Control Coupled with Switching Surfaces
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: Hillman Family Foundation

Santino Graziani, PhD Student

Project Direction: Multilevel Flying Capacitor Designss
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: Richard K. Mellon Foundation

Mohammed Hatatah, PhD Student

Dissertation Title: Power and Voltage Regulation of a Solid-State Transformer Based Quad Active Bridge
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: Saudi Arabia Government Support

Nolan Scanlon, MS Student

Project Direction: Long Horizon Model Predictive Control for Power Electronic Systems
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: ECE Department

Michael Sullivan, MS Student

Project Direction: Magnetic Interactions with Wide Bandgap Semiconductors
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: Hillman Family Foundation / Siemens Peter Hammond Scholarship

Adam Emes, MS Student

Project Direction: Parallel Connected Z-Source Power Electronic Regulation
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: Hillman Family Foundation

Ryan Brody, MS Completed (September 2018 – April 2020)

Thesis Title: Control of Boost Converter Module for Open-End Winding Permanent Magnet Motor Based, Dual Inverter Drive
Advisor: Prof. Brandon Grainger
Funding: Hillman Family Foundation / ECE Department

Carnegie Mellon University

Walter Robinson, PhD Student

Project Title: Understanding Mechanical Response of Metal Amorphous Nanocomposite Ribbons During Thermal Mechanical Processing Stages.
Advisor: Prof. Maarten de Boer
Co-Advisor: Prof.Michael McHenry
Funding: DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office / Carnegie Mellon University

Kyle Schneider, PhD Student

Project Title: Understanding Stress Distributions in High-Speed Rotating Electrical Machines and Characterizing Magnetostriction Effects of New Alloys.
Advisor: Prof. Maarten de Boer
Co-Advisor: Prof.Michael McHenry
Funding: DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office / Carnegie Mellon University

Yuval Krimer, PhD Student

Project Title: FeNi-based alloy research with increased flux density for high speed motor applications.
Advisor: Prof. Michael McHenry
Funding: DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office / Vehicle Technology Office

James Egbu, PhD Student

Project Title: Fundamentals of oxidation in metal amorphous nanocomposite (MANC) alloys for power electronics and motor applications.
Advisor: Prof. Michael McHenry
Funding: DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office / Vehicle Technology Office

North Carolina State University

Heonyoung Kim, PhD Student

Project Title: Next Generation Electric Machine.
Advisor: Prof. Subhashish Bhattacharya
Funding: Department of Energy (DOE)

Suvendu Samanta & Isaac Wong, Phd Sudents

Project Title: SiC-Based Wireless Power Transformation for Data Centers & Medium Voltage Application
Advisor: Prof. Subhashish Bhattacharya
Co-Advisor: Prof. Richard Beddingfield
Funding: Department of Energy (DOE) / EATON Corporation

Mark Nations, PhD Student

Project Title: DC Circuit Breaker Inductors
Advisor: Prof. Richard Beddingfield
Funding: North Carolina State University