Dan M. Ionel

Dan M. Ionel is Professor of Electrical Engineering, the L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power, and the Director of the SPARK Laboratory and PEIK Institute at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. He previously worked in industry, most recently as Chief Engineer for Regal Beloit Corp., and, before that, as the Chief Scientist for Vestas Wind Turbines. Concurrently, Dr. Ionel also served as Visiting and Research Professor at University of Wisconsin and Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He received the M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania. His doctoral program included a Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship at University of Bath, England, U.K. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the SPEED Laboratory, University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. He contributed to technological developments with long lasting industrial impact, including US’ most successful range of PM motor drives and the world’s most powerful wind turbine. He published more than one hundred and fifty technical papers, including three winners of IEEE Best Paper Awards, and holds more than thirty patents, including a medal winner at the Geneva Invention Fair. He is co-author and co-editor for the book “Renewable Energy Devices and Systems – Simulations with MATLAB and ANSYS”, CRC Press, 2017. He taught and advised student research on subjects of sustainable and renewable energy technologies, electric machines and power electronic drives, electromagnetic devices, electric power systems, smart grids and buildings. Dr. Ionel is an IEEE Fellow, was the inaugural Chair of the IEEE Industry Applications Society Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion Systems Committee, and Editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Electric Power Components and Systems Journal, the Past Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Electric Motor Subcommittee, and the General Chair of the IEEE 2017 IEMDC Conference Anniversary Edition.

 

Song-Yan Kuai

Song-Yan Kuai is currently a Visiting Professor in the SPARK Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China in 2000 and 2006, respectively. Since 2010, he has been with the School of Information and Electrical Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, as an Assistant and Associate Professor. He published more than thirty papers, won the Chinese National Award for Progress in Science and Technology, and Awards from the China Coal Industry Association and the Jiangsu Province Science and Technology Progress in China. His current research interests include switched reluctance motors, motor drive systems for mine machinery, and sensor-less techniques.

 

Vandana Rallabandi

Vandana Rallabandi is a Post-doctoral Researcher in the SPARK Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. Prior to this, she was a Research Engineer at the General Electric (GE) Global Research Center in Bangalore, where she worked on international projects on electric machines and power electronic drives and received the Rookie of the Year GE Award in 2015. She graduated with M.Tech and Ph.D. degrees in Energy Systems and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. In addition to journal and conference papers, she has seven patents pending. Her expertise in electric power engineering includes electric machines, electromagnetic devices, power electronics drives, and renewable energy devices and systems.

 

Narges Taran

Narges Taran is a Ph.D. student in the SPARK Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. She received her M.S. degree in Power Electronics and Electrical Machines from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2014. For her M.S. thesis, she worked on the optimal design and 3D simulation of AFPM generators used in direct drive wind turbines. Ms. Taran is proficient with the ANSYS/Maxwell and MATLAB/Simulink software. Her primary research interests are electric machines, power electronic drives, and renewable energy.

 

Akeyo Seun

Oluwaseun Akeyo is a Ph.D. student in the SPARK Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria. During his undergraduate studies he was an intern with Slabat Global Services in Nigeria, specialized in building design and construction. He currently works on topics of digital circuits, power system controls and simulations using MATLAB/Simulink, ANSYS/Simplorer and PS-CAD. His main research interests are in power systems, power electronics, and renewable energy.

 

Nasser Alawhali

Nasser Alawhali is a graduate student in the SPARK Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. degree with first honors from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2011. After graduation, he worked at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology KACST as academic researcher. During his work, he supervised on several projects in Saudi Arabia such as voltage regulation project, power system monitoring and PV project. He is proficient with the PS-CAD, MATLAB, and PowerWorld software. His research interests are: power systems, renewable energy, and smart grid.

 

Yibin Zhang

Yibin Zhang is a PhD student in the SPARK Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Shenyang, China, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. During his M.S. research, he worked on stability evaluation on renewable generation and energy storage control. He is proficient with ANSYS/Simplorer, MATLAB, LabView, and TI Code Composer Studio. His current research interests are power electronics and drives for renewable energy generation and integration.

 

Huangjie Gong

Huangjie Gong is a Ph.D. student in the SPARK Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. He received his M.S. degree in Control Theory and Control Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China in 2016 with a thesis on the maximum power point tracking of PV systems. He currently works on topics of controls, digital circuits, and power system simulations using PS-CAD and MATLAB/Simulink.  His research interests include control, power system protection, and renewable energy integration.

 

Damien Lawhorn

Damien Lawhorn is a PhD student in the SPARK Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2017. During his undergraduate studies, he did a co-op program with the CMTA consulting engineering company, where he was responsible for modeling electrical systems of schools and hospitals. Damien is a member of Eta Kappa Nu honors society, and is involved in creating a NASA Robotic Mining Competition club. He is proficient with ANSYS/Simplorer, MATLAB, AutoCAD, and LabView. His current research interests are power electronics and drives for electric traction and renewable energy generation and integration.