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Affiliated Faculty   Prof. Bruce S. Dunn

Prof. Bruce S. Dunn

Bruce Dunn is the Nippon Sheet Glass Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. Prior to joining UCLA, he was a staff scientist at the General Electric Research and Development Center. His research interests concern the synthesis of inorganic and organic/inorganic materials, and characterization of their electrical, optical, biological and electrochemical properties. His recent work on electrochemical energy storage includes three-dimensional batteries and pseudocapacitive materials. The latter form the basis for charging energy storage materials at high rates. Among the honors he has received are a Fulbright research fellowship, the Orton Lectureship from the American Ceramic Society, awards from the Department of Energy and invited professorships in France, Japan and Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, the American Ceramic Society, and a member of the World Academy of Ceramics. In addition to the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science, he is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Advanced Energy Materials, Solid State Ionics, and Energy Storage Materials.

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Prof. Mario Gerla

Prof. Mario Gerla

 

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Prof. Emer. M. A. Pai

Prof. M. A. Pai

Dr M.A.Pai is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, where he was on the Faculty as Professor from 1981-2003. His research interests includes Large Scale Power System Dynamics, stability and Control. In addition, Computational issues, Model Reduction, Sensitivity Analysis of such systems have been part of his research. In recent years system aspects of Smart Grid, Micro Grid, Renewable Energy Sources and their integration with the main grid are being investigated. He has been a consultant to the U.P State Electricity Board in India in Computer Applications to Power Systems from 1971 -79. He is now a consultant to PNNL in the area of Model Reduction and Dynamic Security of Power System using PMU measured data. He has over 125 publications in Journals and major Conferences, Over 6 Chapters in edited research monographs.

He got his Bachelor degree from University of Madras, India in 1953, Master's and Doctorate degrees from UC Berkeley in 1957 and 1961 respectively. He was acting Asst. Professor at UC Berkley 1961-62 and UCLA 1962-63. He was on the Faculty of IIT Kanpur from 1963-81 and developed both the Teaching as well as the R and D programs in Control and Power. He has held visiting Prof. positions at Memorial university of Newfoundland, Canada and at Iowa State University. Dr Pai's industrial experience includes working as a Power Engineer in Bombay Electric Supply and Transport undertaking from 1953-1957.

Prof Pai has written seven books both from a teaching and research perspective. He was the Series Editor of Springer Series in Power and Energy systems from 1996 -2013, Over 20 books were published during that period. His books on Power System Stability by Lyapunov's method have influenced research in that area in a major way. His research in model reduction of large power systems is well known. He was the recipient of the S.S Bhatnagar award for Engineering Sciences in 1974 in India. He is a Fellow of I.E (India), INSA and INAE. In the US he is a Life Fellow of IEEE.

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Prof. Himanshu Pota

Prof. Himanshu Pota

 

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Prof. Gaurav Niteen Sant

Prof. Gaurav Niteen Sant

 

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Prof. Richard Wirz

Prof. Richard Wirz

Professor Richard E. Wirz is Director of the UCLA Energy Innovation Laboratory and Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor of Element 16 Technologies, Inc., an energy storage start-up based on his research at UCLA. He is an expert in large-scale energy generation and storage via solar, wind, and ocean sources. Prof. Wirz had a long history in renewable energy. He received two B.S. degrees, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, at Virginia Tech, and then became the Technical Lead for Ocean Energy Technologies at SeaSun Power Systems in Alexandria, VA. Later, he became Technical Lead, then Manager, for Renewable Energy at Gibbs & Cox, Inc. in Crystal City, VA. After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) he joined NASA/JPL as a Senior Engineer and then assumed his current roles at UCLA and Element 16. He is also the Chief Scientist for WindStream Technologies, Inc., a company specializing in distributed wind and solar. He has several patents and pending patents, and has authored over 150 journal and conference publications, and two NASA Tech Briefs. In addition to his work in renewable energy, he is a semi-professional musician/songwriter and the Director of UCLA’s Plasma & Space Propulsion Laboratory.

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Prof. Yang Yang

Prof. Yang Yang

Prof. Yang’s major research interests are in the solar energy and highly efficient electronic devices. He has more than 400 refereed-papers; more than 80 patents (including pending ones), and ~200 plenary, keynote, and invited talks. He has accumulated of more than 100,000 citations and his H-Index is 147 as July of 2019. He is a fellow of Materials Research Society (MRS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), American Physical Society (APS), Electromagnetic Academy, and SPIE-The International Society for Optics and Photonics. Since 1997, he has supervised ~45 PhDs and ~55 postdocs to completion. Among them, ~25 of them have become tenure-track or tenured faculty.

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AP. Abdon E. Sepulveda

AP. Abdon E. Sepulveda

 

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