Dr. Robert S. Balog



Research Associates

Research Engineers / Post Docs:

Biographical Information

Dr. Mohammad B. Shadmand, PhD

Dr. Shadmand received his PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station USA in in 2015. His research interests include renewable energy, community-scale microgrids, hybrid energy systems, and mpodel predictive control. He serves as principle investgator on a NPRP propject funded by the Qatar Foundation.

Dr. Baoming Ge, PhD

Dr. Ge received his PhD in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2000. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, from 2000 to 2002, was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, from 2004 to 2005, and was a Visiting Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing, MI, USA, from 2007 to 2008. His research interests include renewable energy power generation, electrical machines and control, power electronics systems, and control theories and applications.

Mr. Michael Hart

Mr. Hart recieved his B.A. in History and East Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2013. He began to pursue his Masters in Public Service Administration at the Bush School in August 2013. His focus at the Bush School is Energy Economics and American Military Affairs. He will commission as a Medical Service Corps officer in May 2015. He serve as a project specialist for the NSF I/UCRC Next Generation Photovoltaics Balance of Systems Center.

Mr. Travis Kirk

Mr. Kirk recieved his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in December 2014. He serve as a project specialist and design engineer for the Solar Energy Technology Testing Laboratory and the NSF I/UCRC Next Generation Photovoltaics Balance of Systems Center.

UnderGraduate Students:

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Daniel Heffner

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2009 - May 2012
  • Caterpillar Research Scholar, Spring 2011, "A Solid State Audio Modulated Tesla Coil"
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John Nicholaus Kossa

  • Caterpillar Research Scholar, Spring 2011, "Dynamic Reconfiguration of Motor Windings to Improve Efficiency"

Stephen McConnell

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), Summer 2011, "Powering the Smart Grid Sensor System"
  • IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™ Awardee, 2012 - 2013
  • US Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at Sandia National Laboratory, Summer 2012
  • US Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at Argonne National Laboratory, Summer 2013
  • Texas A&M University Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, class of 2013-14

Jasmine Leon

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), Summer 2011, "Powering the Smart Grid Sensor System"

Rebecca Farrar

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2012 - 2013

Cooper Barry

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2012 - 2013
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), Summer 2012, "Powering the Smart Grid Sensor System"
  • Texas A&M University, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Undergraduate Research Awards Program scholarship recipient, Spring 2013

Leticia Ibarra

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), Summer 2012, "Powering the Smart Grid Sensor System"

Taylor Chambers

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Engineering Honors Scholar Program, Fall 2012 - 2013, "Smart phone app to reduce the cost of plug-and-power residential photovoltaic systems"

Vyas Yashwant Prakash

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2013 - Spring 2014
  • Texas A&M University Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, class of 2013-14
  • Chosen to be featured in the TAMU War Hymn Monument statue to honor campus diversity

Aerial Gonzalez

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2013

Ankit Patnaik

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2013, "Hybrid energy systems"

Sarah McClung

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2013
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), Summer 2013, "Smart phone app to reduce the cost of plug-and-power residential photovoltaic systems"
  • Texas A&M University, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Undergraduate Research Awards Program scholarship recipient, Fall 2013

Bradley Potteiger

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), Summer 2013, "Smart phone app to reduce the cost of plug-and-power residential photovoltaic systems"
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Stephen Koshy

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2013 - Fall 2013

Travis Kirk

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2014 - Current

Gretchen Gilbreath

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), Summer 2014, "Smart phone app to reduce the cost of plug-and-power residential photovoltaic systems"

Casey Alvarado

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), Summer 2014, "Smart phone app to reduce the cost of plug-and-power residential photovoltaic systems"

Oluwaseun Sodimu

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2014
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Margaret Blackwell

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2016

Graduate Students:

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Cole Dietert
M.Eng. May 2010

Technical Report: "Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems"

Divya Rathna
M.S. Aug 2010

Thesis: "Capacitor-less VAR Compensator based on a Matrix Converter"

Samantha Castillo
M.Eng. May 2011

Research Topic: Reliability of Photovoltaic Inverters

Amulya Karavadi
M.S. Aug 2011

Thesis: "Power Electronics Design Implications of Novel Photovoltaic Collector Geometries and their Application for Increased Energy Harvest"

Mohammad B. Shadmand
M.S. May 2012
Thesis: "A Design-Oriented Framework to Determine the Parasitic Parameters of High Frequency Magnetics in Switching Power Supplies using Finite Element Analysis Techniques"

Mohammad received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Qatar University in 2010. He started pursuing his M.Sc degree at Texas A&M University in 2010. His research interests include performance analysis of PV systems, switching power supplies, and DC-DC converters. He is currently working on model predictive control techniques for power converters.

Dr. Mehran Mirjafari
Ph.D. May 2013
Dissertation: "Automated Synthesis Tool for Design Optimization of Power Electronic Converters"

Mehran received his MS in electrical engineering – power electronics and electric machines from Sharif University of technology, Tehran, Iran on 2005 and his BS in electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran on 2002. His research interests include optimization of power electronic converters and renewable energy systems. He is currently employed at Dell, Inc.

Dr. Souhib Harb
Ph.D. May 2014
Dissertation: "Single-Phase Inverter and Rectifier for High-Reliability Applications"

Souhib received his MS degree from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA, in 2010, and his BS degree from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan in 2008, both in electrical engineering. His master thesis was "Three-port Micro-Inverter with Power Decoupling Capability for Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Applications". His research interests include power electronics for renewable energy applications, the reliability of power electronics converters, and non-linearity phenomenon in power electronics. He is currently employed at

Ashish Razdan
M.S. student

Haiyu Zhang
Ph.D. May 2016
Dissertation: "Topology and Control for Photovoltaic Microinverters"

Haiyu received his M.Sc in Electrical Engineering - Power Electronics and Power Drives from Zhejiang University, China in 2011. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in power electronics in Renewable Energy, Advanced Power Electronics Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University. His research interests include switching power supply, grid-connected inverter, UPS and LED driving. He is currently working on power conditioning system for solar energy.

Mohit Kedia
M.Eng. Dec 2013 (formerly M.S. student)

Mohit has received his B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Amravati University, India in 2011. He is currently pursuing his M.S degree in power electronics in Renewable Energy, Advanced Power Electronics Laboratory at Texas A&M University. His research interest includes switching power supplies, PV and LED power electronics. He is currently working on developing methods for designing reliable and efficient power electronics converters and renewable energy systems. 

Bo Tian
M.S. May 2015
Thesis: "A Single-Phase Rectifier with Ripple-Power Decoupling and Application to LED Lighting"

Bo Tian received his B.Sc in Electronic and Information Engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong in 2012. Previously, he had worked as a design engineer for two years in designing switching mode power supplies for LED lighting solutions before joining Texas A&M University.

Hezi Zhu
M.S. May 2016
Thesis: "Real-time Arc Fault Detection in Photovoltaic DC Systems"

Hezi Zhu received her B.S.Eng degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation in North China Electric Power University 2013. Her research area lies in arc fault detection embedded into photovoltaic power electronics.

Haitham Kanakri
M.S. student

Haitham received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan in 2013. He is currently pursuing his M.S. degree in power electroncis. His research interests are in power electronics for LED lighting and renewable energy applications.

Zhan Wang
Ph.D. Candidate

Zhan received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering - Electric Machines and Drives from Zhejiang University, China in 2010. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in power electronics at Texas A&M University. His research interests include optimal switching power supplies, and renewable energy conversion. He is currently working on arc fault detection in photovoltaic DC fields, and DSP applications in power electronics systems.

Xiao Li
Ph.D. student

Li received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 2012. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in power electronics at Texas A&M University. His research interests include switching power supply, grid-connected inverter, and control of power electronics system.

Shunlong Xiao
M.S. student

Shunlong Xiao received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 2013. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in power electronics. His research interests include DC-DC converter, grid-connected inverter, and DSP based control of power electronics system.

Stephen McConnell
M.S. student

Stephen received his B.S. from Texas A&M University in May 2014. He graduated as an Undergraduate Research Scholar with the thesis entitled “Photovoltaic Arc-Fault Detection”. He is now enrolled as an M.S. student in power electronics. His research interests include signal processing approaches to evaluate DC system performance.

Morcos Metry
Ph.D. student

Morcos received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University at Qatar in May 2014. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Power Electronics at Texas A&M in College Station. His interest areas are in quasi Z-Source inverters, grid connected inverters and Photovoltaic applications.

Mostfa Mosa
Ph.D. student

Mostafa received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from South Valley University, Aswan, Egypt, in 2008, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Aswan University, Aswan, Egypt, in 2012. His research interests include power electronics for renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, photovoltaic power integration, and switching power supplies.

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Krishna Manasa Rao
M.EN. student

Muhammed Ekin
M.S. student