People

                                                                                      

JiangBiao He is a tenure-track Assistant Professor and the first recipient of the L. Stanley Pigman Faculty Fellowship in electric power area within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University, Wisconsin, in 2015. He has worked in industry, most recently as a Lead Engineer in power electronics at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York. Prior to joining GE in 2015, Dr. He was employed with Rockwell Automation as a power hardware engineer, focusing on servo drives product development. He was also employed with Eaton Corporate Research & Technology in 2013 working on high-efficiency Silicon Carbide power converters.
Dr. He’s research interests include power electronics, motor drives, and renewable energy, with broad applications including transportation electrification, industrial automation, and power system. At GE (2015-2018), he contributed to the development of the first megawatt-scale medium-voltage high-speed SiC propulsion drive for hybrid-electric aircraft in global aviation area, which won the GE Whitney Technical Excellence Award (highest recognition for breakthrough technology innovation at GE-GRC). He also worked on power converter reliability improvements for the 12-MW GE Haliade-X offshore wind turbine system design. He is the author/coauthor of over 90 technical papers and more than 10 patent applications (9 granted) related to electric power.
Dr. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and has served as an Editor or Associate Editor for multiple prestigious technical journals such as IEEE Transactions TPEL, TIA, TIE and TTE. He served in various positions of the organizing committees for several international conferences (ECCE-2018, IEMDC-2019, ITEC-2019, ITEC-2020, etc.), and has been an active member of a few IEEE Standards working groups. He also served as Vice Chair and Chair for IEEE IAS Schenectady Chapter (New York) in 2016-2018 and has been an IEEE-IAS Council member since 2017. He is a recipient of the 2019 AWS Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award with IEEE Industry Applications Society.

 

 

Ph.D. Students:

 

  • Pranoy Roy is a Ph.D. student with the AMPERE Laboratory at University of Kentucky, focusing on high-performance renewable energy and power electronics systems. He obtained his M.S. degree in engineering technology from the Western Carolina University in USA and B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh. His master thesis was on the development of a cost-effective hybrid energy storage system for hourly dispatching solar PV power. He has published a few journal and conference papers in power energy area.

 

  • Majid Tahmasbi is a Ph.D. student with the AMPERE Laboratory at the University of Kentucky, focusing on power electronics and renewable energy systems. He obtained his B.S and M.S. degrees in power engineering from the University of Tabriz, Iran. His master thesis was on LVRT capability improvement in hybrid PV/wind power generation units based on grid connected current source inverters. He was a project manager and a technical engineer in the R&D section of the EKS company in Iran. He has published several journal and conference papers in power electronics area.

 

  • Dale Reid is a part-time Ph.D. student in the AMPERE Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Kentucky. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2011 and holds B.S. degrees from Western Kentucky University in Industrial Technology and from University of Kentucky in Electrical Engineering. Dale was an original member of University of Kentucky solar car team that entered competition with the school’s first solar car in 2003. Currently employed at Valvoline as an EV Project Manager, he also worked at Lexmark nearly 15 years performing power supply development, and product safety engineering for Lexmark’s UL accredited test lab. His current research focuses on power train and energy storage technologies for hybrid and electric vehicles.

 

M.S. Students:

 

  • Cole Ivey is a M.S. student majoring in electrical engineering and enrolled with the University Scholar Program at the University of Kentucky. He is interested in power electronics and electric drive systems. He is currently focusing on high-performance power converters and traction drive systems applied to transportation electrifications. He obtained B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky.

 

  • Josh Ruggles is a M.S. student with the AMPERE Lab at the University of Kentucky focusing on power electronic systems.  He obtained his B.S. in electrical engineering from Western Kentucky University.  Prior to pursuing a graduate education, Josh worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers at the Hydroelectric Design Center where he worked on hydroelectric power generation and powerhouse electrical distribution systems. 

 

Undergraduate Students:

 

  • Trevor Arvin is a senior undergraduate majoring in electrical engineering and has been enrolled with the University Scholar Program at the University of Kentucky. He is interested in power electronics circuit design and modeling. Trevor is currently focusing on the development of solid-state resonant circuit breakers for MVDC applications.

 

  • Ben Luckett is a senior undergraduate majoring in electrical engineering and has been enrolled with the University Scholar Program at the University of Kentucky. He is interested in power electronic systems and is currently working on the development of high-performance propulsion drive systems for transportation electrifications.