GridED

The following students have been selected to represent their universities and the Electric Power Research Institute Grid Center for Grid Engineering Education (GridED) Consortium as charter members of the national GEARED Student Innovation Board. In addition to an advisory role to GridED, they are responsible for communicating opportunities and promoting student participation in GEARED-related activities on their campuses.

Current
Alumni

Mehrdad Biglarbegian

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Student, Ph.D, Electrical Engineering/Power Electronics

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Contact:

mbiglarb@uncc.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduation with Ph.D, May 2019
  • Focus in power electronics
  • Problem-solving approach for maximum utilization of renewable energy sources for an environmentally sustainable world

Career Goals

  • Design and implement high-efficient inverter with FET technologies at high switching frequency
  • Evaluate optimum control strategies of multiple inverters for utility applications
  • Implement novel demand response algorithms for optimum utilization of renewable energy sources at micro-grids
  • Design high efficient non-magnetic inductor at high switching frequency
  • Power quality analysis of harmonic distortion by high penetration photovoltaic

Student Organizations

  • Senior Member of the GEARED Student Innovation Board representing Georgia Institute of Technology
  • IEEE Student Chapter Member

Jairo Cervantes

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hometown:

Contact:

jairo.cervantes@huskers.unl.edu

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Turgay Duman

University of Texas at San Antonio

Hometown:

Contact:

Turgay.Duman@utsa.edu

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Michael Ferrari

Clarkson University

Hometown:

Contact:

ferrarmr@clarkson.edu

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Elham Foruzan

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hometown:

Contact:

elham.foruzan@gmail.com

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Zachary Gallagher

Syracuse University

Masters of Science Electrical Engineering 2015

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Contact:

Zsgallag@syr.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate from master’s program spring 2015
  • Possible Ph.D
  • Utilize my knowledge of smart grid and renewable energy resources in the utility industry.

Career Goals

  • Work in the utility industry and help modernize the grid for 21st century
  • Include renewable energy resources in the power grid.
    Pursue a career in the control field to apply my control systems courses

Student Organizations

  • Syracuse University Veterans
  • Green Program Alumni Network

Dan Galy

Clarkson University

Hometown:

Contact:

galydj@clarkson.edu

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Student Organizations

Rodrigo Hernandez

University of Texas at San Antonio

MS Electrical Engineering 2016

Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX

Contact:

rodrigo.hernandez@utsa.edu

Academic Goals

  • Complete MSEE program in Spring or Summer 2016

Career Goals

  • Use my electrical engineering skills at a company with a national presence

Student Organizations

  • IEEE

Alexis Holt

Clemson

Hometown:

Contact:

acholt@clemson.edu

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Jordan Johnson

New Mexico State U.

Hometown:

Contact:

jq7000@nmsu.edu

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Tumininu Lawanson

UNCC

1st year PhD

Hometown:

Contact:

tlawanso@uncc.edu

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Tyler Leseter

Case Western Reserve University

Hometown:

Contact:

jlt63@case.edu

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Carolyn Majane

Georgia Institute of Technology

Freshman, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Germantown, Maryland

Contact:

c.r.majane@gatech.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2020

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career in power distribution

Student Organizations

  • Opportunity Research Scholars Program
  • Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mónica Mercado-Oliveras

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus

Senior, Electrical Engineering Power Systems

Hometown: Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Contact:

monica.mercado@upr.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on Power
    Systems, May 2016
  • Publish an undergraduate paper and poster on photovoltaic energy system installation and benefits applied to Puerto Rico
  • Continue focusing my last courses on power systems, renewable energy sources, and power generation.

Career Goals

  • Apply knowledge and experiences obtained at the UPRM to support the development distributed power systems
  • Proactively apply my understanding on power systems in an innovating
  • company/utility with a vision to develop an efficient grid network.

Student Organizations

  • Member of the GEARED Student Innovation Board representing UPRM and the GridED initiative
  • Tau Beta Pi – Engineering Honor Society candidate mentor

Matin Meskin

SUNY Buffalo State

Electrical Engineering, Ph.D (2017)

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Contact:

matinmes@buffalo.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a PhD in February 2017
  • Etablishment of a Smart Grid Testbed
  • Application of PMU for Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control (WAMPAC)

Career Goals

  • Apply my knowledge and skills to the state-of-the-art topics in an R&D company

Student Organizations

  • University at Buffalo IEEE Student Chapter

Mohammad Mohebbi

University of Louisville

Hometown:

Contact:

Academic Goals

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Student Organizations

Mohammed Nikkhah Mojdehi

University of Syracuse

Senior, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Contact:

mnikkhah@syr.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with Ph.D, May 2015
  • Develop a new guideline for utilities to evaluate the risk of islanding of interconnected DGs
  • Design a new framework to engage EVs and energy storage in provision of ancillary services such as voltage and frequency regulations.

Title or Objective of Research/Design Project: Integration of Electric Vehicles and Distributed Generators into the Electric Power System for Grid Modernization

Career Goals

  • Apply the risk of islanding guidline for utilities facing DGs interconnection requests and also use it as a platform to study other aspect of DGs interconnection such as voltage flicker
  • Design a business model to incorporate aggregated EVs and energy storages in ISO market structures for ancillary services.

Student Organizations

  • IEEE

Karen Montaño Martinez

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

M.S. Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Barranquilla, Columbia

Contact:

kmontanom@gmail.com

karenvanessa.montano@upr.edu

  • LinkedIn

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a M.S. Electrical Engineering in August 2018, Start a PhD in August 2018, focus on power system planning, power system analysis and power system design.

Career Goals

  • Apply the knowledge and experience gained at the university and my continuous research activities in power system analysis: study variables, conditions and states, to perform diagnostics to make correctives and to create future improvements in power network.

Student Organizations

  • GEARED (SIB)

Kyle Nadolinski

SUNY Buffalo State

Electrical Engineering Technology

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Contact:

Nadoliko01@mail.buffalostate.edu

Academic Goals

  • Continue to learn about power generation, transmission, distribution, protective devices and
    renewables
  • Incorporate tools such as ETAP and work in the Smart Grid Lab to perform simulation
    experiments
  • Gain hands on experience in modern protective devices

Career Goals

  • Graduate with a degree from SUNY Buffalo State and use skills to solve problems in a complex and changing power environment.

Student Organizations

  • IEEE Buffalo State Chapter Student Member

Scott Nimon

University of Louisville

Hometown:

Contact:

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Derek Payne

Case Western Reserve University

Hometown:

Contact:

derek.payne@case.edu

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Shriram Rangarajan

Clemson

Hometown:

Contact:

shriras@g.clemson.edu

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Connor Raymond

Clarkson University

Junior, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Bloomingburg, NY

Contact:

raymoncs@clarkson.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in December 2015
  • Graduate with a minor in mathematics and a concentration in power engineering

Career Goals

  • Utilize my Clarkson University education to develop solutions to the problems that hinder the growth and application of modern grid technologies.

Student Organizations

  • Clarkson University SCORE President
  • Member of the GEARED Student Innovation Board representing Clarkson University

Morteza Rezaee

Georgia Institute of Technology

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Energy Systems

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Contact:

mrezaee@gatech.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering in May 2018
  • Publish my research in high-ranked journals and conferences
  • Focus on Smart Grid Concepts

Title or Objective of Research/Design Project: Generation Capacity Enhancement of Offshore Wind Farms

Career Goals

  • Enhance the awareness and application of newly-developed technologies in power systems.

Student Organizations

  • GridED Student Innovation Board (member)
  • IEEE power and energy society (PES)

Jose Tabarez

New Mexico State U.

Hometown:

Contact:

joseta@nmsu.edu

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Tyrone Medina Vélez

University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus

ME Electrical Engineering 2015

Hometown: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tyrone.medina@upr.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with a M.E. in Electrical Engineering by December 2015

Career Goals

  • Pursue a career in power electronics systems or renewable energy sources
  • Work as a field/design engineer or get involved with the development of the smart grid

Student Organizations

  • President Tau Beta Pi – Puerto Rico Alpha Chapter, Golden Key Honor Society member

Yamin Wang

Clarkson University

Hometown:

Contact:

yamwang@clarkson.edu

Academic Goals

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Qiaoling Zeng

Clarkson University

Hometown:

Contact:

zengq@clarkson.edu

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Sohom Datta (GridEd-West)

Arizona State University

PhD Electrical Engineering (Power Systems)

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona

Contact:

Sohom.datta@asu.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sohomdatta

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with PhD in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) by May 2017.
  • Develop risk-based standards for dynamic security assessment of the future grid with high penetration of renewable resources.

Career Goals

  • Work in a research-intensive position in the power industry to provide innovation solutions towards electric grid modernization: Develop standards for dynamic security assessment and reliable operation of the future electricity grid with high penetration of renewable generation.
  • Develop standardized frameworks for advanced data analytics in the Smart Grid using modern data analytics and machine learning algorithms

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

  • IEEE PES ASU Student Chapter Member, Ex Co-Vice Chair of IEEE PES ASU Student Chapter, IEEE Student Member, IEEE Power & Energy Society Member, IEEE Smart Grid Community Member, IEEE Big Data Community Member, IEEE Internet of Things Community Member, IEEE Young Professionals Member, IEEE Entrepreneurship Exchange Community Member, PSERC Student Member

Michael Davis (GridEd-West)

Portland State University

Masters, Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

Contact:

mrd3@pdx.edu

Academic Goals

  • Further develop my ability to apply both analysis and synthesis in engineering problem solving.

Career Goals

  • Work to help develop a more robust US power grid that includes distributed generation and micro grids.

Student Organizations

  • IEEE Power and Engineering Society

Crystal Eppinger (GridEd-West)

Portland State University

Masters, Electrical Engineering: Power Systems

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Contact:

crystal.eppinger@pdx.edu

Academic Goals

  • Earn a PhD

Career Goals

  • Obtain a research position at a national lab

Student Organizations

  • IEEE PES

Yuanqi Gao (GridEd-West)

University of California, Riverside

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hometown: Hohhot, Nei Mongol

Contact:

ygao024@ucr.edu

Academic Goals

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

Career Goals

  • Power System Engineer

Student Organizations

  • IEEE Student Chapter

Chris Knox (GridEd-West)

Washington State University

Electrical Engineering with Power Emphasis

Hometown: Cheny, WA

Contact:

Christopher.knox@wsu.edu

Academic Goals

  • Earn a degree in Electrical Engineering and learn as much as I can about engineering principals and power systems.
  • I want to do this while continuing to participate in the WSU music department as a trumpet player

Career Goals

  • I want to use a degree in Electrical Engineering to obtain and succeed in a career in the power industry.

Student Organizations

  • IEEE, IEEE PES, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Laura Novoa (GridEd-West)

University of California, Irvine

PhD Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Contact:

ldn@apep.uci.edu

http://www.lauranovoa.net

Academic Goals

  • As a graduate student researcher in the energy field, my goal is to provide answers to current challenges regarding renewable energy integration into the electrical power grid. Thus, in the course of my Ph.D. program I hope to make a meaningful contribution towards making our current grid more renewable.

Career Goals

  • My goals as a professional in the energy field is to be able to apply my knowledge in a way that there is a visible positive affect, both social and environmental, in the community we live in.

Student Organizations

  • AEE SoCal – Student Chapter

Brendan Shaffer (GridEd-West)

University of California, Irvine

Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering

Hometown: San Clemente, CA

Contact:

bps@apep.uci.edu

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanshaffer

Academic Goals

  • Energy system modeling to address the engineering problem of low carbon energy supply for deep carbon emission reductions to mitigate climate change.

Career Goals

  • Work for an organization with a set of goals that includes addressing environmental issues particularly climate change.

Student Organizations

Ben Shannon (GridEd-West)

Washington State University

Electrical Engineering with Power Emphasis

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Contact:

benjamin.shannon@wsu.edu

Academic Goals

  • Graduate with B.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in power systems.
  • Possibly continue to pursue Masters in E.E. with emphasis in either renewable energy or Smart Grid systems.

Career Goals

  • Use my education to put myself in a situation where I am contributing to the modernization of the power systems industry.

Student Organizations

  • WSU IEEE Student Chapter – President
  • Member of the GEARED Student Innovation Board representing WSU

Phil Swisher (GridEd-West)

Western Washington University

Electrical Engineering, Energy Focus

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Contact:

Philip.Swisher@gmail.com

Academic Goals

  • To acquire a knowledge tool belt that will help me accomplish my career goals.

Career Goals

  • To be an innovative leader in the energy field working on accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable fuels.

Student Organizations

  • Campus Factory WWU

Scott Zuloaga (GridEd-West)

Arizona State University

PhD Electric Power and Energy Systems

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Contact:

szuloaga@asu.edu

Academic Goals

  • Along the way to completing my PhD, I would like to make a meaningful contribution to the area of study involving the water-energy nexus

Career Goals

  • To fully apply my knowledge, analysis skills and programming ability to the benefit of the U.S. Electric Power Industry; to obtain PE Licensure; and, to help to generate more student interest in the area of electric power engineering

Student Organizations

  • IEEE Student Chapter, Current Co-Chair of IEEE PES ASU Student Chapter