2023 Research Symposium

Our annual conference was held February 20 and 21 in the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus at NC State. The agenda below has been updated with links to the presentations. Hope to see everyone next year.


Monday, February 20
8:00 amRegistration
8:30 amUniversity WelcomeLouis Martin-Vega, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering
North Carolina State University
FREEDM UpdateIqbal Husain, Ph.D.
FREEDM Executive Director
Professor, ECE
North Carolina State University
Center Highlights
9:40 amAlumni Presentation
Faeza Hafiz, Ph.D.
Hitachi Energy
Optimization and Machine
Learning Applications
in Power Grids

10:00 amBreak
10:15 amPower SystemsSpeakerPresentation Title
KeynoteKevin Chen, Ph.D.
Renewable Engineering Manager
Duke Energy
Microgrid Projects and
Lessons Learned

Hanpyo Lee
PhD Student
Data Segmentation Based
Approach for Meter
Topology Identification

Mesut Baran, Ph.D.
Professor, ECE
North Carolina State University

Ken Crawford, PhD Student
Gokhan Cakir, PhD Student
Data Analytics of Real Time
Power Flow for Distribution
System Monitoring

12:00 pmLunch
12:30 pmPoster Session
1:30 pmRenewable EnergySpeakerPresentation Title
Anderson Rodrigo de Quiroz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
North Carolina Central University
Assessing Utility Scale
Energy Storage Economics
Considering Generation
Adequacy Services

Ashwin Shirsat, Ph.D.
Hitachi Energy
Resilient Load Restoration
Using A Community Microgrid
M A Awal, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, ECE
North Carolina State University
Universal Interoperability
for Grid-forming Inverters
2:30 pmBreak
2:45 pmWide BandgapSpeakerPresentation Title
Wensong Yu, Ph.D.
Research Professor, ECE
North Carolina State University
Next Generation SiC EV
Inverter with Ultra-High
Efficiency and
Voltage Slope Control
Rita Mohanty, Ph.D.
Director, Thermal Engineering
Henkel Electronic Materials
Passive Cooling Technique
to Improve Power
Electronics Reliability

Doug Hopkins, Ph.D.
Professor, ECE
North Carolina State University
Development of Bi-
Directional FETs, Modules
and Circuits for Solar
Converter Applications
4:00 pmBreak
4:15 pmInnovation UpdateKen Dulaney
Director of Industry
and Innovation
Inventions and
5:00 pmReception with Heavy hors d'oeuvres
Tuesday, February 21
8:00 amRegistration
8:30 amWelcome
Electric TransportationSpeakerPresentation Title
Zeljko Pantic, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, ECE
North Carolina State University
Wireless Charging
for E Mobility
(pdf available soon)
Radha Sree Krishna Moorthy, Ph.D.
R&D Associate Staff Member
Oak Ridge National Lab
Architecture of Megawatt
Charging Systems
Srdjan Lukic, Ph.D.
Professor, ECE
North Carolina State University
Extreme Fast
9:40 amAlumni PresentationHeonyoung Kim, Ph.D.
Sr. Application Engineer
Renesas Electronics
PMSM Control Strategies
in Consideration of
Machine Nonidealities
10:00 amBreak
10:15 amMachines and ControlsSpeakerPresentation Title
Iqbal Husain, Ph.D.
FREEDM Executive Director
Professor, ECE
North Carolina State University
Electric Machines and Drives
for Transportation Electrification
Tomas Sadilek, Ph.D.
Senior R&D Staff Member
Milan M. Jovanovic Power
Electronics Lab
Delta Electronics (Americas)
Recent Developments in
On-board Charging Approaches
for Electric Vehicles
11:15 amKeynoteSteven Englebretson, Ph.D.
University and
National Lab Collaboration
ABB US Corporate Research
Advances in Machines and Drives
for Industrial Energy Efficiency
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmLab Tour and Posters
3:00 pmAdjourn