FEEDER 

The following students have been selected to represent their universities and the Foundations for Engineering Education for Distributed Energy Resources) FEEDER Consortium as charter members of the national GEARED Student Innovation Board. In addition to an advisory role to FEEDER, they are responsible for communicating opportunities and promoting student participation in GEARED-related activities on their campuses.

Current
Alumni

Adam Sameer Al-Dbhany

University of Kentucky

Senior, Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Hometown: Frankfort, KY

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Inalvis Alvarez

University of Central Florida

B.A. Program, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba

Contact:

AlvarezFernandez@knights.ucf.edu

Academic Goals

  • Complete Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering by Spring 2018.
  • Obtain a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Career Goals

  • Participate in some power systems research while pursuing Graduate Degree.
  • Work with renewable resources and clean energy solutions.
  • Work in the power generation industry.

Student Organizations

  • Member of GEARED Student Innovation Board and FEEDER Distributed Technology Energy Consortium representing the University of Central Florida.

Dan Bauer

University of South Carolina

MS Program, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

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Sean Borgsteede

University of South Carolina

Hometown: Sumter, SC

Contact:

Borgstee@email.sc.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate December 2016 with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering
  • Complete Thesis based on Power hardware in the loop simulation techniques
  • Contribute to research and development of simulation techniques related to automated power systems

Career Goals

  • Work in a progressive environment that values work ethic and passion
  • Pursue a career with a utility company or a national lab

Student Organizations

  • Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), Fall 2014 – Present
  • Vice Chair, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016
  • Secretary, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
  • Member of the GEARED Student Innovation Board representing The University of South Carolina and the FEEDER Distributed Technology Training Consortium
Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks

University of Florida

Ph.D. Program, Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Oviedo, FL

Contact:

JonathanBrooksUF@gmail.com

Academic Goals

  • Obtain a fellowship to allow completion of the Ph.D. program in the field of power systems
  • Become an expert in the field of power and energy
  • Contribute to the development of smart-grid technology

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career in the energy sector to help usher in a new era for energy and power

Student Organizations

Neil Cammardella

University of Florida

Ph.D. Program, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

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Matthew Coalson

Matthew Coalson

University of Central Florida

Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Contact:

matt.coalson@gmail.com

ucf.ewb.fundraising@gmail.com

Academic Goals

  • My goal is to receive of B.S. degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on materials.

Career Goals

  • I am interested in working at the intersection of micro and utility storage.

Student Organizations

  • Founder of Environmental Studies Club at Florida Southwestern State College
  • Fundraising Chair for Engineers Without Borders, UCF Chapter: ewb-ucf.org

Thomas Cook

University of Pittsburgh

Senior, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Dillsburg, PA

Contact:

tvc8@pitt.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with an Electric Power concentration and Mechanical Engineering Minor.

Career Goals

  • Work in the electric power industry to improve the infrastructure of our national power grid and to incorporate alternative forms of energy.

Student Organizations

  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Student Electronic Research Center Supervisor

Elizabeth Devore

Auburn University

Graduate M.S. Program, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Largo, FL

Contact:

ead0012@tigermail.auburn.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with an M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2015
  •  Advance my knowledge and research capabilities in power systems

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career in power systems engineering research with a utility company or a national laboratory
  •  Apply the knowledge and skills gained at Auburn University to the challenges associated with integrating the broad diversity of energy systems into grid networks

Student Organizations

  • Member of the GEARED Student Innovation Board representing Auburn University and the FEEDER Distributed Technology Training Consortium
  • Active member of the IEEE Student Chapter and Industry Applications Society (IAS)
  • Active collegiate member of the Society of Women Engineers

Bimarsha Ghimire

University of Kentucky

Sophomore, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

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Melanie Gonzalez

Florida State University

Undergraduate, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

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Santino Fiorello Graziani

University of Pittsburgh

PhD Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Aliquippa, PA

Contact:

sfg10@pitt.edu

Academic Goals

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering

Career Goals

  • PhD Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Student Organizations

  • Eta Kappa Nu, Beta Delta Chapter President
Ali Hariri

Ali Hariri

Florida State University

Ph.D. Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hometown: Abba, Lebanon

Contact:

ahh13@my.fsu.edu

hariri@caps.fsu.edu

Academic Goals

  • Received a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon, 2013
  • Started Ph.D. degree program at Florida State University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2013
  • Currently working as a Research Assistant at the Center for Advanced Power Systems at FSU under the supervision of Dr. Omar Faruque in the Renewable Energy and Smart Grid research group; research is focused on studying the impacts of high penetration of PV integration in distribution networks, including developing necessary simulation tools and models for these types of studies.
  • Publication: A. Hariri and O. Faruque, “Impacts of Distributed Generation on Power Quality,” North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Pullman, WA, 2014

Career Goals

  • After graduation, pursue a research position in industry in the area of smart grid development and renewable energy integration

Student Organizations

  • IEEE Graduate Student Section and IEEE Power and Energy Society, FSU
  • Secretary for Engineers Without Borders, FSU Chapter
  • Secretary for the Lebanese Social Organization, FSU
Xiangquing Jiao

Xiangquing Jiao

University of Kentucky

Ph.D. Program, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Shandong, China

Contact:

xji227@l.uky.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering
  • Publish more conference and journal research papers before graduation

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career in the electric power research field utilizing my analytical skills

Student Organizations

  • IEEE PES student member

Jingchen Liang

The University of Texas at Dallas

2020 PhD Program, Electrical Engineering, Power Electronics and Power Systems

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Contact:

jxl146930@utdallas.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a PhD degree in Power Electronics and Power Systems before 2020

Career Goals

  • Apply the knowledge and skills I gained in my future career.

Student Organizations

  • Member of the GEARED Student Innovation Board

Lizon Maharjan

The University of Texas at Dallas

2019 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering – Power Electronics and Power Systems

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Contact:

lxm125130@utdallas.edu

Academic Goals

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Career Goals

  • Become a valuable member of an effective engineering team

Student Organizations

  • Industry Application Society, UT- Dallas
Pinank Nagda

Pinank Nagda

University Of Pittsburgh

Graduate M.S. Program, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Contact:

pin2@pitt.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate in 2016 with a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Main research focus is on the integration of distributed renewable energy systems into the electrical grid network
  • Strong focus on developing Smart Grid Technologies

Career Goals

  • After graduation, pursue a career in industry where I can apply my research background

Student Organizations

Aryana Nakhai

University of Pittsburgh

M.S. Program, Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Contact:

ayn2@pitt.edu

Academic Goals

  • Successfully complete 3 full co-op rotations.
  • Get involved in undergraduate research.
  • Complete a power concentration and a focus in Mechanical Engineering before graduation.
  • Graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2018.
  • Pursue an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career in engineering where I can incorporate my skills and knowledge in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and power.

Student Organizations

  • Electrical Engineering co-op position at BMW Manufacturing Co.
  • Society of Women Engineers – Active Member, Pitt
  • Pitt IEEE – Active Member, Pitt
  • Pitt Women in Computer Science Program – Accepted Student, Pitt

Rajasimha Narasimha

University of Kentucky

Sophomore, Finance and Accounting

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

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Alvi Newaz

Florida State University

M.S. Program, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Ornella Ngalamulume

University of Central Florida

Junior, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa

Contact:

ornellamulume@knights.ucf.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 2019
  • Develop expertise in Power Systems theory by taking advantage of courses and software offered.
  • Practice theory through research and internships
  • Support student groups focusing on familiarizing interested students with the Power Industry

Career Goals

  • Join the power industry and help to integrate new research into industrial practices

Student Organizations

  • IEEE-PES
    • Member, Fall 2016 – Present
  • Energy Knights
    • Vice-President, Fall 2015 – Fall 2016
    • Member, Fall 2016 – Present
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
    • Member, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Juan Jose Opsina

Florida State University

M.S. Program, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Cali, Colombia

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Jesse Rankin

University of South Carolina

Senior, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Parker Rice

University of South Carolina

Sophomore, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Saico, ME

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Ranahid Sarkar

Ranadhir Sarkar

University of Central Florida

Ph.D. Program, Electrical and Computer Science

Hometown: Calcutta, India

Contact:

ranadhir.ee@gmail.com

ranadhir.sarkar@knights.ucf.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate in 2018 with a PhD in Electrical Engineering
  • Perform substantial research in the field of Power Systems, especially in the areas like microgrids and the smart grid
  • Learn various mathematical tools and research methodologies in order to do multifarious research after completion of PhD

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career in the energy sector to implement the knowledge gathered during my graduate studies
  • Pursue a career in the field of research and development to utilize the skills learned during my graduate studies

Student Organizations

Austin Sockwell

Auburn University

Hometown: Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Contact:

ras0056@tigermail.auburn.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in May 2018.

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career as a Power Systems Engineer with a utility company.

Student Organizations

  • Member of the GEARED Student Innovation Board representing Auburn University and the FEEDER Distributed Technology Training Consortium.

Arnold Sullivan

University of Florida

Senior, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

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Muhammad Usama Usman

Florida State University

PhD, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Muzaffarabad, Kashmir

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Jerrod Wigmore

University of South Carolina

Freshman, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Richmond VA

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Zachary Zelenka

Zachary Zelenka

University of Arkansas

Senior, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Farmington, AR

Contact:

zzelenka@email.uark.edu

Academic Goals

  • Obtain a B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a focus on:
    • The application of power electronics for more efficient systems
    • Control systems – mixed signal design and compensation
  • Opportunity to design a remote refrigeration control and communication system for another engineering department
  • Compete in the IEEE Region 5 Robotics competition
  • Hold meaningful transactions through IEEE PELS that will have lasting benefit for participating students and faculty
  • Improve understanding of leadership through organization, delegation, and example

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career in industry that will allow me to use my knowledge and abilities – all while building upon the same principles noted above

Student Organizations

  • IEEE member focused on improving the relationships of local students with inter-departmental, national, and international organizations, and to making electrical engineering fun for students
  • IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), Chapter President; designated focus of high value speakers is to bring students’ attention to the state-of-the-art in power electronics applications, as well as entrepreneurial insight in system development