Yazan Alsmadi received his B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in electrical power engineering in 2010 from Yarmouk University, Jordan, where he ranked first in his class. He received Yarmouk University's Presidential Award for Academic Distinction in 2009 and the Jordan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Award for Academic Distinction in 2007. He currently is working toward a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University, where he was nominated for the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, the university’s highest recognition of exceptional teaching provided by graduate students. His research interests include integration of renewable energy resources into electric power systems, advanced control theory of distributed power and variable speed systems, and development of power electronics systems for renewable energy applications.
Mr. Alsmadi currently serves as a president of the IEEE Graduate Student Body (GSB) at Ohio State University, which is the first graduate student body worldwide. He received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2012 & 2013 IEEE Columbus spring awards banquets, marking the first time that this award was given to a graduate student. Mr. Alsmadi is a member of IEEE, ASEE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems (Cigre), Phi Kappa Phi, and Tau Beta Pi.
Kaichien Tsai received his B.S. degree from Ohio State University in June, 2007. He has been pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Ohio State since 2008 and was with the Smart Grid team in Texas Instruments for six months in 2013. His research interests include motor drive control, high power converter and inverter designs, EMI mitigation techniques, and computer-aided circuit analysis.
Mark Scott graduated in 2005 from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. After working as a field engineer installing large industrial automated systems, and then as a test engineer validating power electronics designed for automotive applications, he returned to Ohio State in 2009 to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of power electronics. His research is on implementing wide band-gap (WBG) devices, based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC), in new and existing power-conversion applications. The focal point of his studies has been on improving power densities of power electronics through the development of high frequency, WBG-based switched-capacitor circuits.
Prof. Longya Xu joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University in 1990. He has served as a consultant to various industrial concerns, including Raytheon, Boeing, Honeywell, GE Aviation, U.S. Wind Power, General Motors, Ford, and Unique Mobility Inc. He is the founding director of the newly established Center for High Performance Power Electronics at OSU, which is supported by the Ohio Third Frontier program. His research and teaching interests include the dynamics and optimized design of special electrical machines and power converters for variable-speed systems, the application of advanced control theory and digital signal processors for motion control, and distributed power systems in super-high-speed operations. Dr. Xu served as a Member-at-Large of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Executive Board, as Chair of the Electric Machines Committee of the IEEE IAS, and as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He was the recipient of the First Prize Paper Award from the Industrial Drives Committee of the IEEE IAS in 1990, the Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation in 1991 for his work on wind-power generation, and the Lumley Research Award from OSU's College of Engineering in 1995, 1999, and 2004, for his outstanding research accomplishments.
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