Research Team

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

Yalin Wang

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Short Biography Yalin Wang received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degree from Xi’an Jiao Tong University in 2014 and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2018. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher in Shanghai Jiao Tong University and visiting scholar in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include dielectric properties of polymeric insulation materials, condition monitoring, and reliability of power electronic packaging.

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

Kyung-Hun Shin

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Short Biography Dr. Kyung-Hun Shin received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees from Chungnam National University, South Korea, in 2014, 2016 and 2019, respectively. His research interests include analysis, design, modeling, and optimization of electric machines, machine drives, and prototype developments for experimental study.

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 second year M.S. student focusing on electric machines and drives. In his free time he likes riding his bike, climbing, traveling, and cooking.

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 second year of pursuing his M.S. in Electrical Engineering, working under Professor Kiruba Haran.

Samith Sirimanna

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Short Biography Samith graduated from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2016. As a first year M.S. student, his focus is on Electrical machines and drives.

Thanatheepan Balachandran

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Short Biography Theepan is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at UIUC.

Jianqiao(Peter) Xiao

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Short Biography Peter joined the team in the spring of 2017. He loves the aerospace applications of electrical machines and devices. His research focuses on the design and construction of manned electrical multi-rotor vehicle. He also provides CAD support and design visualization for the group. He obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at UIUC in 2019, and is currently pursuing his M.S.

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.

Yovahn Yesuraiyan Ratnajeevan Hoole

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Short Biography Yovahn is a first year graduate student in Dr. Haran's group. He received his bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science from Rice University in 2018.

Yangxue (Sherry) Yu

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Short Biography Yangxue (Sherry) graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in May 2018. She is currently a first year M.S. student working with Professor Kiruba Haran.

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.

Undergraduate Students

Owen Brown

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Short Biography Owen started working with Professor Kiruba Haran in the summer of 2018. He is currently pursuing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and is expected to graduate in 2021.

Jiayuan (Eddy) Liu

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Short Biography Jiayuan (Eddy) Liu joined the team in spring 2018 with a passion for electric transportation. He is currently pursuing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and is expected to graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021.

Noah Salk

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Short Biography Noah provides support on multiple superconducting machine projects. He has a passion for electric transportation and renewable energy, and plans to continue his education after graduating in May 2020 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

Armando Terrones

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Short Biography Armando joined the team in fall 2018 after finding a love for electrical machines and research. He expects to graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2020. In his free time, he plays double bass, camps, and exercises.

Lab Alumni

Yuanshan (Sam) Chen

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Short Biography Sam joined the group working as a research assistant after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He worked on the NASA Fixed Wing Project for a high power density electric motor while pursuing his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He likes to go fishing in his spare time.

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 and a M.S. in May 2019. In his free time, he uses his headphone collection often and goes to the gym.

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.

Digvijay Deswal

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Short Biography 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 joined as 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 joined the group as a research assistant while pursuing his masters degree. His hobbies and interests include electric cars, sci-fi novels, piano, and running. He worked for Zunum Aero after graduating with his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Sajal Harmukh

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Short Biography 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 worked for SEL after graduating with his Master of Science degree.

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 and joined as a research assistant with focusing on electric machinery. He worked for Milwaukee Electric Tools Company after graduating in 2018 with his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Jonathan Martin

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Short Biography Jonathan graduated with a B.A. in Physics from Colgate University in 2014. He joined UIUC to pursue a M.S. degree in electrical engineering under Professor Kiruba Haran with focus on electric machine design. He worked for Intel after graduation.

Irin Jose

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Short Biography Irin graduated from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli India with a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and joined UIUC to pursue her masters as a research assistant working with Dr. Haran. She worked for Delphi after graduating with her Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Billy Kamerow

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Short Biography Billy joined the team in the fall of 2016. He is interested in the field of electric machinery, space, and control systems. His research was 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 worked for Boeing after graduating with his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2017.

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. His research focus is in electrical machines and drive systems. In his free time, he likes to play baritone saxophone and ride his bike. He worked for Ford Motor Company after graduating with his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 2017.

David Loder

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Short Biography David Loder graduated from Purdue University with a BSEE in May 2014. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a graduate research assistant under Dr. Haran. His research interests include genetic algorithm optimization techniques, computational electromagnetics applied to machine design, and superconducting electric machines. He worked for Rolls Royce after graduating with his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Vince Maxwell

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Short Biography Vince joined as a senior in Electrical Engineering looking to get his Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at the end of the 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. 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 worked for General Motors after graduating with her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering.

Nate Renner

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Short Biography Nate Renner graduated in May 2018 with a Master of Science in 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 spent his second year 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 joined 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. He graduated in 2018 with a M.S. in Electrical Engineering.

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 joined as a M.S. student focusing on electric machines and drives, and graduated in 2019 with a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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 a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in May 2018. He worked in Dr. Haran's research group as a graduate research assistant with a focus on mechanical design and simulation analysis. His research interests include machine design, simulation and hardware.