People

Principal Investigator

Kiruba Haran

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Short Biography Dr. Kiruba Haran obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering from OAU, Nigeria in 1994, and a PhD in Electric Power Engineering from RPI, Troy, NY in 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor in Electrical Enginerring at UIUC. Prior to this, Dr. Haran was at GE for 13 years, and led the research group that develops advanced electrical machine technology for all of GE's industrial businesses.

Visiting Scholars

Han-Wook Cho

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Short Biography Dr. Han-Wook Cho received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees from Chungnam National University, South Korea, in 2002, 2004 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2010, he was with KIMM (Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials), as a senior researcher. Since 2010, he has been with Chungnam National University, where he is currently an associate professor with the Department of Electric, Electronic, and Communication Engineering Edu. He is currently working as a research scholar in Prof. Haran’s group (from June 2016 to June 2017). His research interests include design and analysis of motor/generator, and electromechanical systems.

Post-Docs

Dongsu Lee

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Short Biography Dr. Dongsu Lee received his Ph.D in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, in 2016. His research interests include coupled multi-physics analysis and design incorporating electromagnetic, structural, and thermal analysis, and optimization of electric machines with in-house FEM code and optimization schemes

Graduate Students

Aaron Anderson

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Short Biography Aaron graduated from Purdue University West Lafayette in 2017 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a first-year M.S. student focusing on electric machines and drives. In his free time he likes riding his bike, climbing, traveling, and cooking.

Leslie Cheng

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Short Biography Leslie graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in May 2017. He is currently a first year M.S. student focusing on electric machinery. In his free time, he uses a headphone collection often and goes to the gym.

Austin Jin

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Short Biography Austin graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 with B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is currently pursuing an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a research focus in electric machinery.

Jackson Lenz

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Short Biography Jackson graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in May, 2016. He is currently in the first year of pursuing his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a research focus in Electrical Machines and Drive Systems. In his free time, he likes to play baritone saxophone and ride his bike.

Byung Hoon Min

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Short Biography Byung Hoon Min graduated from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with B.S. in Electrical Engineering in May 2017. He is currently in the first year of pursuing his M.S. in Electrical Engineering, working under Professor Kiruba Haran.

Nate Renner

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Short Biography Nate Renner is a second year master's student studying Electrical Engineering, specializing in electric machines. His first year of research was focused on the manufacturing and testing of electric motor windings for the NASA 1MW permanent magnet synchronous machine project. He currently, is working on the systems level integration of electric machines into harsh environments, such as turbo-electric engines. During his free time he likes to exercise and cheer Illini sports teams on to victory.

Reed Sanchez

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Short Biography Reed joins Dr. Haran’s group with a background in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. His experience and education in both mechanical and electrical engineering contributes a multidimensional understanding of both sides of these machines to our team. When he isn't thinking about all things engineering, Reed enjoys problem solving, running, spending quality time with friends and participating in bible study.

Yuyao Wang

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Short Biography Yuyao graduated from National University of Singapore in 2017 with a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a first-year M.S. student focusing on electric machines and drives.

Xuan (Melody) Yi

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Short Biography Melody's research interest is multi-physics optimization (EM+thermal) of electrical machines. She earned her electrical engineering bachelor degree in University of Wisconsin-Madison and continued with her MS in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She hopes to gain both simulation and hardware experience through her research.

Andy Yoon

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Short Biography Andy Yoon is a 2nd year graduate student working with Professor Kiruba Haran. He also received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013.

Xiaolong Zhang

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Short Biography Xiaolong Zhang received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. From August 2014 to July 2015, he was working as a research engineer in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His research interests are on the design and optimization of electrical machines used in emerging fields, e.g. renewable energy and electrified vehicles, etc.

Lijun Zheng

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Short Biography Lijun graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in May, 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is working in Dr. Haran's research group as a graduate research assistant with a focus on mechanical design and simulation analysis. His interests include machine design, simulation and hardware.

Lab Alumni

Sam Chen

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Short Biography (2015) Yuanshan Chen, who usually goes by Sam, is currently working as a research assistant in the NASA Fixed Wing Project for a high power density electric motor. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. Now he is pursuing his Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He likes to go fishing in his spare time.

Digvijay Deswal

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Short Biography (2015) Digvijay Deswal completed his B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, West Bengal, India in 2014. He is currently a Research assistant at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under Prof. Haran. His research interests include machine design, power electronics, and analysis of electrical machines.

Matthew Feddersen

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Short Biography Matthew graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. His hobbies and interests include electric cars, sci-fi novels, piano, and running. He is currently working in Zunum Aero.

Sajal Harmukh

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Short Biography (2015) Sajal got his B.Tech degree in Electrical (Power) Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, India in 2012. He then went on to work for NTPC Ltd, a power generation company in India. After working there for 2 years there as an operation engineer, he came to University of Illinois to pursue his Masters in Electrical Engineering. He is currently working in SEL.

Irin Jose

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Short Biography Irin is a first year graduate student working with Dr. Haran at UIUC. She graduated from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli India with a bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and is currently pursuing her masters in Electrical Engineering. She is currently working in Delphi.

Billy Kamerow

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Short Biography Billy is a senior in Electrical Engineering looking to get his Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in the spring of 2017. He is interested in the field of electric machinery, space, and control systems. He joined the team in the fall of 2016 and his research is currently focused on testing the magnetic qualities of different resins to be used in the NASA Fixed Wing Project. Outside of engineering, his interests include tinkering at the house, playing piano, cooking, and chilling with his friends. He is currently working in Boeing.

David Loder

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Short Biography (2015) David Loder graduated from Purdue University with a BSEE in May 2014. He is currently a graduate research assistant at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include genetic algorithm optimization techniques, computational electromagnetics applied to machine design, and superconducting electric machines. He is currently working in Rolls Royce.

Jonathan Martin

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Short Biography (2015) Jonathan Martin graduated with a B.A. in Physics from Colgate University in 2014. He is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in electrical engineering under Professor Kiruba Haran with focus on electric machine design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently working in Intel.

Vince Maxwell

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Short Biography Vince is a senior in Electrical Engineering looking to get his Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at the end of 2016 school year. He is interested in the field of power and joined the team in the summer of 2016. Outside engineering, his interests include Illini football and watching hockey.

Katherine O’Kane

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Short Biography Katherine earned her B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University, Rochester, MI in 2015 and is currently pursuing her Master’s studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research is in electric machines and drives, particularly in relation to the high frequency, high specific power permanent magnet synchronous motor project. Katherine enjoys playing the violin, biking, and spending time in the company of friends. She is currently working in General Motors.