Education & Experience


Carnegie Mellon University
BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, with University Honors, 1994
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Electrical Engineering, 1996
Thesis: Applications of nonlinear control techniques in low voltage dc-dc converters
Adviser: Philip T. Krein
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2007
Dissertation: Digital control techniques for switching power converters
Committee: P.T. Krein (chair), P.L. Chapman, P.W. Sauer, G. Dullerud

Professional Experience

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO
Associate Professor with tenure, 2014-present; Assistant Professor, 2008-2014
Perform research in power electronics with an emphasis on renewable energy; teach electromechanics and power electronics courses.
SmartSpark Energy Systems, Champaign, IL
Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering, 2003-2007, Senior Engineer, 2008-2010
Managed a design team of six engineers developing battery management and solar power products. SmartSpark became SolarBridge Technologies and is located in Austin, TX. It is now owned by SunPower.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Research Engineer, 2003-2006, Senior Research Engineer, 2006-2007; Visiting Lecturer for five semesters
Managed teaching and research laboratories for power electronics and electric machines, assisted graduate and undergraduate students in developing experimental systems, performed independent research.
Baldor Electric, Fort Smith, AR
Senior Design Engineer, 1998-2003
Designed industrial motor control products ranging 1-150 hp, 230/460/575V. Also participated in projects to 450 hp and a switched-reluctance drive
Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, Phoenix, AZ
Systems Design Engineer, Hybrid Power Module Group, 1996-1998.
Led design teams for standard and custom IGBT modules (up to 100 A/1200 V).

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