Power Engineer || Researcher || Postdoc, Distributed Renewable Energy Systems
I am an electrical power engineer/researcher with a Ph.D. in Power Electronics technology from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; I was advised by Prof. Vinod John. Broadly, I work in the area of distributed renewable energy and storage systems, in an endeavor to promote sustainable energy transition and address climate-change challenges gripping our society at large. I specialize in grid integration of solar PV resources and energy storage systems (e.g., batteries and ultracapacitors) using high-performance PWM power converters. I have strong expertise and domain knowledge---with a demonstrated track record of contributions via relevant research publications---in converter modeling & control, simulations, hardware design & integration, as well as experimental validation. I have four years of professional work experience in industrial R&D pertaining to commercial-scale power conversion applications. I am a Senior Member of IEEE and currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, working with Prof. Sairaj Dhople. My current research interests are towards next-generation inverter-based resources (IBRs) for large-scale PV integration and grid modernization at large. I am deeply passionate about teaching, research, and academia.
[Apr '23] Visited MISO Energy at Eagan, MN, for discussing a prospective project collaboration (and also to take a peek at the control room). [pic]
[Apr '23] Attended the NSF-UMN-sponsored 2023 Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory held in Minneapolis, MN, USA. [pic]
[Apr '23] Delivered a guest lecture on "Inverter-based Resources for Green Power Grids: Operation and Control ", for the course Advanced Power Electronics-EE5741, at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota (UMN).
[Apr '23] Paper on control of grid-interfaced modular multi-level converter accepted in IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.
[Mar '23] Delivered a guest lecture on "Introduction & Circuit Modeling of Solar PV Resources", for the course Advanced Power Electronics-EE5741, at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota (UMN).
[Mar '23] Participated (as a part of the host team from UMN ) in the NSF-NAE-sponsored workshop on "Building A Robust Workforce in Electric Power Engineering", held in Albuquerque, NM, USA. [pic]
[Mar '23] Paper accepted in IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) 2023, to be held in San Juan, PR, USA.
[Jan '23] Paper accepted in IEEE PES General Meeting 2023, to be held in Orlando, FL, USA.
[Oct '22] Two papers were presented in IEEE IES IECON 2022, held in Brussels, Belgium.
[Oct '22] A paper was presented in IEEE PES ISGT Europe 2022, held in Novi Sad, Serbia.
[Sept '21] Visited the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to meet with the research group of Prof. Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia, a frequent project collaborator. [pic]
[Sept'22] Paper on secondary control of networks with inverters & generators presented at the Allerton Conference. [pic]
[Sept'22] Paper on per-unit modeling of dynamical systems accepted in IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.
[Aug '22] Paper on fault behavior of grid-forming inverters accepted in IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.
[Aug '22] Hosted Prof. Anjan Bose of Washington State University at UMN. Visited the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul for a tour of the new microgrid facility. [pic]
[July '22] Presented a technical paper on Integrated system models for networks with generators and inverters at IREP 2022, held in Banff, Canada. [pic]
[July '22] Attended the first in-person UNIFI consortium general meeting, held at NREL, Golden, CO. [pic]
[July '22] Poster on Ultracapacitor modeling for designing energy-storage banks was presented in EE Summer School at the Dept of Electrical Engineering, IISc, Bangalore.
[Feb'22] Elevated to Senior Member in IEEE.
[Nov '21] Presented (virtually) a technical paper on Dynamic modeling of 3L NPC inverter for examining neutral-point instability at IEEE COMPEL 2021, held in Colombia.
[Nov '21] Visited the University of Washington, Seattle, to meet with Dr. Brian Johnson, the current Project PI and frequent collaborator. [pic]
[Oct '21] Presented (virtually) a technical paper on Quantitative analysis of third-harmonic neutral-point current, its impacts, and mitigation in three-level NPC inverters at IEEE ECCE 2021, held in Vancouver, Canada.
[Aug '21] Co-organised and hosted the first UNIFI seminar series in collaboration with Prof. Duncan Callaway, at UC Berkeley.