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Doctoral Students   Ethan (Zhiyuan) Cao

Ethan (Zhiyuan) Cao

Zhiyuan Cao received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2014. He is currently a PhD student with main focus on Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) applications in smart grid

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Yu-Wei Chung

Yu-Wei Chung

Yu-Wei Chung received his B.Eng degree in Mechatronic Technology from National Taiwan Normal University in 2008. He got his M.S degree in Applied Mechanics from National Taiwan University in 2010. He is currently a Ph.D. student in SMERC with the research interest in Electric Vehicle Charging System.

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Behnam Khaki

Behnam Khaki

Behnam Khaki received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Chamran University of Ahvaz in 2006. He got his first M.Sc. degree in power systems from Amirkabir University of Technology in 2009, and his second M.Sc. degree in optimal control of hybrid electric vehicles from West Virginia University in 2015. From 2009 to 2013, he was working for consultant engineering companies, where he was involved in several projects on high/medium voltage substations, motor control centers and water treatment plant automation.

He has been working on his Ph.D. at UCLA since 2015, and his research interests are control, modeling, and stability analysis of microgrids and power system protection.

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Hamidreza Nazaripouya

Hamidreza Nazaripouya

Hamidreza Nazaripouya is a PhD candidate at UCLA SMERC. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2007. In 2010, he obtained a M.S. degree in Power Electronics from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, and M.S. degree in Power System from Louisiana State University in 2013. Besides his academic education, Nazaripouya is an experienced power system engineer with industry background. In particular, he has worked for Entergy Corporation, owner and operator of power plants with approximately 30,000 MW of electric generating capacity. In addition, Nazaripouya has conducted and participated in several power engineering projects, including designing the medium and low voltage power distribution panel for a 5MW plant, optimal placement of Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) for fault observability, analysis of the effect of power backflow on network protectors, employing of FACTS devices to improve power system stability, parallel operation of inverters, and grid integration of photovoltaics (PVs) and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESSs) among others.

His research interests include control and integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), application of power electronics in power system, microgrid technologies, electric vehicle (EV), and BESS integration.

Currently, he is working on his PhD degree at UCLA Smart Gird Energy Research Center (SMERC) under the supervision of Professor Rajit Gadh.

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Yingqi Xiong

Yingqi Xiong

Yingqi Xiong got his B.S.degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in China, 2012. He received his M.S. degree from Northwestern University, Evasnton in 2014. He was an intern in Cisco System Inc. Currently he is a PhD student in UCLA Smart Gird Energy Research Center, working on Electric Vehicle Charging System hardware and firmware design.

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Tianyang Zhang

Tianyang Zhang

Tianyang Zhang received his Sc.M. in Engineering from Brown University in 2014. He received his Laurea degree in Automotive Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy in 2011. He was a production engineer at Ariston Thermo Group in Osimo, Italy from 2011 to 2012. He is currently working on monitoring and control of EV charging stations, energy storage systems and renewable energy resources in smart grid.

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