Faculty


Dr. Behrooz Mirafzal

Professor

Director of Smart Power Electronics and Control Systems Group

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kansas State University

Email: mirafzal@ksu.edu

Behrooz Mirafzal received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA, in 2005.

From 2005 to 2008, he was with Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley, Mequon, WI, USA, as a Senior Development/Project Engineer, where he was involved in research and development related to motor-drive systems. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Assistant Professor with Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA. He is currently a Professor at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA. He has published over 100 articles in professional journals and conferences and holds four U.S. patents. His current research interests include the applications of power electronics in grid-interactive converters and energy conversion systems. He was a recipient of the 2008 Second Best IEEE Industry Applications Society Transactions Prize Paper Award in 2007, the Best 2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society Transactions Prize Paper Award in 2011, the 2014 U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the 2019 Frankenhoff Outstanding Research Award, Kansas State University. He has served as the Technical Co-Chair for the IEEE IEMDC Conference in 2009. He has been serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS since 2011 and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS since 2018.

Dr. Fariba Fateh

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kansas State University

Email: fateh@ksu.edu

Fariba Fateh joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at Kansas State in January 2016. She teaches control systems design, advanced systems theory, and system identification and adaptive control. Fateh's main research areas involve system modeling, linear and nonlinear control, adaptive and intelligent systems control, and control education. In the past five years, her research focus has been on modeling and control applications in energy systems. She is a member of the SPECS research group at KSU and interested in modeling and control of nonlinear and linear systems.

Dr. Fateh is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Control Systems Society, as well as Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma-Xi Honor Societies. She has served as an associate editor in Modeling, Estimation & Control Conference (MECC) 2021, and American Control Conference (ACC) 2016-20, and Dynamic Systems and Control Conference 2016-20. She has authored or co-authored more than 25 conference and journal papers. She served as a session chair at American Control Conference, as well as a reviewer for IEEE IAS Transactions and several Conferences (ACC, DSCC, CCTA, ECCE, APEC, and IECON).


Research Associates

Current PhD Students


Fahmid Sadeque

Ph.D. Student

Email: fahmidsadeque@ksu.edu

Currently working on grid-forming smart inverters in asymmetrical systems.

Fahmid Sadeque is from Bangladesh. He received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh in 2017 and 2014 respectively. In 2014, he joined Daffodil International University, Bangladesh as lecturer. He was a senior lecturer at the same university from 2017 to 2018. He is currently a Ph.D. student at K-State University. He has joined SPECS Group in August 2018. His research interest includes Renewable Energy and Power Electronics.

SPECS Research Associate: August 2018- Present

Tareq Hossen

Ph.D. Student

Email: thossen@ksu.edu

Currently working on self-secure and self-healing grid-interactive smart inverters to maintain stable grid operation under varying grid conditions and cyberattacks.

Tareq Hossen is from Chittagong, Bangladesh. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh in 2013. He obtained his M.Sc. degree from University of North Dakota, USA in 2018. He worked as a Lecturer at Southern University and East Delta University in Bangladesh from 2013 to 2016. He is currently Ph.D. student at Kansas State University. He has joined SPECS Research Group in January 2020. His research interests are power electronics and power system.

SPECS Research Associate: January 2020- Present


Mehmetcan Gursoy

Ph.D. Student

Email: gursoy@ksu.edu

Currently working on self-adapting, self-healing, and cybersecure grid-interactive smart inverters to achieve stable dynamics under cyberattacks as well as various grid conditions.


Mehmetcan Gursoy was born Istanbul, Turkey, in 1991. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Yeditepe University, Istanbul in 2014, and his M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, in 2019. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University. His research interests include applications of power electronics, modeling and control of power converters in grid-interactive systems, and power system planning and optimization.

SPECS Research Associate: August 2020- Present

Koyelia Khatun

Ph.D. Student

Email: kkhatun@ksu.edu

Currently working on self-secure grid-interactive inverters to detect and prevent cyberattacks.


Koyelia Khatun received her B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, Kolkata, India in 2016. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Science (M.A.Sc) in Power Electronics from the Department of Electrical and Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in 2018. Koyelia is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University. Her research interests include high-frequency power conversion, pulse-width modulation, soft-switching techniques, steady-state and dynamic analysis and control.

SPECS Research Associate: January 2021- Present


Alumni Members


Dr. Mohsen S. Pilehvar

Dissertation Title: Smart inverters for seamless voltage and frequency dynamics in microgrids.

Currently working at the Power System Control and Automation Lab (PSCAL) at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Mohsen S. Pilehvar was born in Mashhad, Iran, in 1988. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, Iran, in 2011, and his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz, Iran, in 2013. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in the Power Electronics Research Group at Kansas State University. His research interests include grid-tied inverters, switching patterns, power electronics applications in microgrids and renewable energy systems. He has joined SPECS Research Group in January 2017. He was an intern at Tesla in Fall 2019.

SPECS Research Associate: January 2017- December 2020.

Dr. Joseph Benzaquen

Dissertation Title: Smart three-phase power converter for more electric powertrains.

Currently working at the Center for Distributed Energy (CDE) at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Joseph Benzaquen was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Universidad Simón Bolívar. Dr. Benzaquen received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University in 2020. His research interests include power electronics for more electric powertrains, electric vehicles, grid-tied applications, and electric drives.

SPECS Research Associate: January 2016- August 2020.


Dr. Aswad Adib

Dissertation Title: Control and stability enhancement of grid-interactive voltage source inverters under grid abnormalities.

Currently working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee.

Aswad Adib received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA, in 2018. He worked as a Software Engineer with Samsung Research and Development Institute Bangladesh, from 2012 to 2014. In 2019, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Kansas State University. He currently works on grid-interactive smart inverters as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA. His research interests include power electronics and advanced control schemes for smart inverters.

SPECS Research Associate: January 2014- 2019.

Dr. Akanksha Singh

Dissertation Title: A boost current source inverter-based generator-converter topology for direct drive wind turbines.

Currently working at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado.

Akanksha Singh was born in Varanasi, India, in 1987. She received the B.E. degree from Bengal Engineering and Science University, Howrah, West Bengal, India in 2010. She worked from 2010 to 2012 as a Research and Development Engineer in ESAB India Limited. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kansas State University in 2017. Her research interests include the application of power electronics in renewable energy systems, power electronic converters, and renewable energy systems. Dr. Singh is currently working for National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado.


Dr. Jacob Lamb

Dissertation Title: Corrective schemes for internal and external abnormalities in cascaded multilevel inverters.

Currently working as a senior firmware and control engineer at Rockwell Automation, Mequon, Wisconsin.

Jacob Lamb was born in Portland, Oregon in 1991. He received the B.S. degree in mathematics and the B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, in 2013. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, in 2017. Dr. Lamb is currently a senior firmware/control engineer with Rockwell Automation in Mequon, WI. His research interests include power electronics and switching algorithms for fault tolerance in reconfigurable converters.

Dr. Ali K. Kaviani

Dissertation Title: Dynamic modeling and analysis of single-stage boost inverters under normal and abnormal conditions.

Currently working as a Specialist Engineer-Motor-Drives & Controls at Eaton, Portland, Oregon.

Ali K. Kaviani was born in Gorgan, Iran, in 1982. He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2005, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA, in 2012. His research interests include applications of power electronics, modeling and control of power converters, and power system planning and optimization. He is currently working as a Specialist Engineer-Motor-Drives & Controls for Eaton at Portland, Oregon Area.


Peter Bontorno

Thesis Title: Applications of resistive droop control to grid connected low-voltage, single phase distributed generators in microgrids.

Currently working as onsite vendor supporting engineer at Naval Nuclear Power Laboratory, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Peter Bontorno was born in Vermont, USA. He received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Kansas State University in 2020. His research interests include power electronics converters and application of power electronics in grid-interactive systems. He is currently working at Naval Nuclear Power Laboratory, Tulsa, Oklahoma to provide onsite vendor support for development of cutting edge Navy training equipment.

Chintan Raval

Thesis Title: Three-phase ac-dc power supply design and experiments using a sic based power module.

Currently working as a Distribution Planning Engineer at AEP, Columbus, Ohio.

Chintan Raval was born in Ahmedabad, India in 1991. He received his BS degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Silver Oak College of Engineering & Technology (GTU), Gujarat. He was an intern at Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) India. He received his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University in 2017. His research interests are in Power Electronics and Non-conventional energy sources. He is currently working for AEP as a Distribution Planning Engineer, Columbus, Ohio.



Faleh Alskran

Thesis Title: Dynamic modeling and analysis of the three-phase voltage source inverter under stand-alone and grid-tied modes.

Currently working toward his Ph.D. degree at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado.

Faleh Alskran was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1988. He received the B.S. and MS. degrees in electrical engineering from the Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. His Thesis was on modeling and analysis of grid-interactive VSI. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.

Alireza A. Milani

Thesis Title: Voltage regulation in a single-stage three-phase boost-inverter using modified phasor pulse width modulation method for stand-alone applications.

Currently working towards his Ph.D. degree at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Alireza A. Milani was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1989. He received the B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2011, and the M.Sc. degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS in 2013 both in electrical engineering. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. His research interests include power electronic applications in renewable energy systems, motor drive systems and electric vehicles.


Brian Hadley

Thesis Title: Hybrid motor drives: characterization and control.

Currently working as a the Lead Electrical Engineer in Manufacturing at Bloom Energy, Newark, Delaware.

Brian Hadley was born in Miami, FL on September 11, 1981. He received a B.S.E.E degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power Systems in 2009, and an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Power Electronics, in 2011, both from Florida International University. From 2003 to 2009, Brian worked as an Industrial Electrician in the Surface Aggregate Mining Industry, and in 2009, he joined Pantropic Power as a Field Engineer working on control systems for industrial motor systems. In 2011, he joined Locust Power as a Power Electronics Development Engineer, where he developed ultra-high speed brush-less DC motor drives for micro gas turbine engines. Since 2013, Brian has been with Bloom Energy, where he is a Sr. Staff Electrical Engineer, and the lead electrical engineer in manufacturing at Bloom Energy's flagship manufacturing center in Newark, DE.