School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Volker Pickert

Professor of Power Electronics

Background

Background

Prof Pickert studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Science and Technology Aachen, Germany and the University of Cambridge, UK. During his study time in Aachen he worked for three years as a student assistant in the Institute of Automotive Systems, in the field of hybrid electric vehicles. After the completion of his studies Prof Pickert received a three year PhD scholarship from the Research Committee of Newcastle University for research in the field of power electronics. Following his PhD, he spent six years in industry before returning to academia. From 1998 to 1999 he worked as an application engineer and later as product manager for Semikron GmbH, Germany. From 1999 to 2003 he worked in the research and development department within the Volkswagen Group, Wolfsburg, Germany. As group leader for the electric power drive trains for electric vehicles he was responsible for power electronic systems, electric drives and vehicle electrical systems for electric-, hybrid- and fuel cell vehicles. In October 2003 Prof Pickert was appointed as Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and he became Professor of Power Electronics in 2011. In 2012 Prof Pickert became the Head of the Electrical Power Group. The Group counts over 100 researchers.

Summary (as of end 2018)

  • Facts:
  • Value of total awarded grants and contracts: £12M

  • Number of received funded projects: 50

  • Number of publications and presentations: 161

  • Number of total past/active supervised Research Associates & PhD students (main): 42

  • Number of students lectured in last academic year: 132

  • Overall student satisfaction on taught module: 60% very good, 26% good, 11% avg., 1% weak, 2% poor

  • Management:
  • Last six years - Head of Electrical Power Group (14 academic staff, 34 Research Associates, 65 PhD students).
Leadership:
    • I established that Newcastle University has become a leading academic centre for electric vehicle research in the UK. In 2013, 50% of the group project income was on electric vehicle related research.

    • As Degree Program Director, I grow the MSc program Electrical Power from 8 students in 2003 to 62 students in 2011 bringing in significant income to the School.

    • I am the co-founder of the IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Technical and Professional Network now attracting more than 100 engineers.

    • Research Impact:
    • I developed a new chip temperature estimation technique that is implemented in all Emerson Electric Co. (now Nidec Co.) high performance electric drives (produced 250,000 units).

    • In 2017 I started working on a new research area called dynamic conductive road charging. This topic has generated the most publicity of all of my research activities in terms of press releases, public affairs and broadcastings.

    • I established a novel method in health monitoring of power converters that has been fully accepted as the leading standard within the academic community. The key article has a citation rate of 25 citations per annum since 2013. I have over 40 publications in the field of health monitoring and I received the innovation award from the Faculty of Science and Engineering for my work.

    • Teaching:
    • In 2011 and in 2017 I was nominated for the “Best Lecturer of the Year” award within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    • I wrote the Industrial Project Guideline Handbook that has become the master template for all Schools within Newcastle University raising teaching standards.

    • Esteem:
    • Editor-in-Chief of the IET Power Electronics journal (IF 3.5) for the last four years.

    • In 2010 I was the Chair of the bi-annual international IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference in Brighton.

    • Advisory panel of the IET flagship event: World first TTXGP electric motor bike racing at the famous TT racing event.

    • Keynote speeches at two major IEEE international conferences: (ITEC), Dearborn, Michigan, 2015 and (ITEC-Pacific), Bangkok, Thailand, 2018.

    • Awards and prizes:
    • Received in 2011 the Denny Medal for most worthy article published in the Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology.

    • In 2018 I received the Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Computing Electronics & Communications Engineering (iCCECE), Essex, UK.

    • In 2018 my research team won the European Siemens Tapas Challenge (GaN inverter) competing against 220 teams.


    Esteem

     

    MAJOR AWARDS AND PRIZES

     

    01/1994            I was the 1st exchange student between the Institute of Power Electronics and Electric Drives, RWTH Aachen University and the Department of Electrical Engineering, Cambridge University.

    09/1994 Received a full PhD studentship from the Newcastle University Research Council.

    11/2011            Denny Medal Award for most worthy paper published in the Journal of Marine             Engineering and Technology. The Denny Medal is awarded annually since 1893 from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).

    09/2013            Innovation of the Year Award for “Intelligent Gate Drive Design for High-Reliability Power Electronic Devices” from the Science and Engineering Faculty, Newcastle University.

    08/2018            Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Computing Electronics & Communications Engineering (iCCECE), Essex, UK.

    09/2018            My research team became the European Winner of the Siemens Tapas Challenge (GaN inverter) competing against 220 teams.

     

     

    ORGANISATION OF CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA, COLLOQUIA AND TUTORIALS

     

    A.      Conference chairman

     

    • IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD), Brighton, April 2010 (320 delegates from 32 countries).

    • IET conference workshop on “Electric Vehicles – the journey from power station to wheel“, Birmingham, August 2011 (90 delegates from 11 countries)
    • European Centre for Power Electronics on Availability on Power Electronics in Automotive and Aircrafts, Stuttgart, July 2019 (expect over 100 delegates from over 10 countries)

     

    B.      Keynotes

    •  More Electric Transport – Activities in the UK, IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference & Expo (ITEC), Dearborn, Michigan, 14-17 June 2015
    • Tracked Electric Vehicles (TEV) Project, IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo Asia-Pacific (ITEC Asia-Pacific), Bangkok, Thailand, 06-09 June 2018


     C.     Session chair 

    • Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD), Dublin, April 2006.

    • 2nd European Ele-Drive Transportation Conference (EET), Brussels, May 2007.

    • Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD), York, May 2008.

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion, (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2009.

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion, (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2011.
    • 14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), Birmingham, August/September 2011.
    • Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD), Birmingham, May 2012.
    • IET Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference 2013 (HEVC), London, November 2013.

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2015.

    • Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD), Liverpool, April 2018.

    • IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo Asia-Pacific (ITEC Asia-Pacific), June 201

    D.      Organising and Steering Committees

    •  

    • 18th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS18), Berlin, October 2000.

    • IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD), Dublin, April 2006.

    • 2nd European Ele-Drive Transportation Conference (EET), Brussels, May 2007.

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion, (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2007.

    • IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD), York, May 2008, (Conference Vice Chairman).

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion, (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2008.

    • 3rd IET Hybrid and Eco-Friendly Vehicles Conference 2008, Warwick, December 2008.

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion, (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2009.

    • IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, (VPPC), Dearborn, Sep. 2009.

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion, (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2010.

    • 6th International Conference on Integrated Power Electronics Systems, (CIPS), Nuremberg, March 2010.

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion, (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2011.

    • 14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), Birmingham, August/September 2011.

    • 7th International Conference on Integrated Power Electronics Systems, (CIPS), Nuremberg, March 2012.

    • IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD), Bristol, April 2012 – International Advisory Panel

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2013.

    • NMI workshop, Power Electronics for the smart home, Newcastle, July 2013.

    • IET Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference 2013 (HEVC), London, November 2013.

    • PLECS workshop, Modelling and simulation of power electronic systems, Newcastle, March 2014.

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2014

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2015

    • 8th International Conference on Integrated Power Electronics Systems (CIPS), Nuremberg, March 2014

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2016

    • 9th International Conference on Integrated Power Electronics Systems (CIPS), Nuremberg, March 2016

    • Power Conversion Intelligent Motion (PCIM), Nuremberg, May 2017

    • 11th International Conference on Integrated Power Electronics Systems (CIPS), Stuttgart, March 2018

    • 3rd International Electric Vehicle Technology Conference & Exhibition (IEVTech), Bangkok, June 2018

    • IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Bangkok, June 2018

    • IEEE MTT-S Wireless Power Transfer Conference (WPTC) and IEEE PELS Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Wireless Power (WoW), London, June 2019


      E. Invited presentations at universities outside UK  


    • China:      Zhejiang University, Dalian University of Technologies, Xiuha University, North
    •                China Electric Power University, Harbin Institute of Technologies, Nanjing Normal     

                     University, Chongqing University

    • Malaysia: The National University of Malaysia

    • Germany: RWTH Aachen

    • Canada:   Mc Master University

    • Japan:     The University of Tokyo

    • USA:       Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT)

     

    SERVICE AS A REFEREE FOR CONFERENCE PAPERS, JOUNALS AND BOOKS

     

    I regularly serve as a reviewer for the following journals and conferences:

     

    Springer Publishing House --- IET Circuits, Devices & Systems  --- IET Electric Power Applications  --- IET Power Electronics --- IET Electronic Letters --- IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD) --- IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II --- IEEE Vehicle Power Propulsion Conference (VPPC) --- IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Conference(IECON) --- IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics Conference (ISIE) --- IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics --- IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics --- Power Conversion Intelligent Motion (PCIM) --- International Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC) --- Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE) --- The International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (COMPEL)--- Institution of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) --- International Journal of the Federation of European Simulation Societies (EUROSIM) --- International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education (IJEEE), Elsevier Journal of Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory --- Elsevier Journal Applied Energy.

     

    SERVICE AS A REVIEWER FOR GRANTS AND PROPOSALS

     

    • Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)

    • Qatar National Research Foundations (QNRF)

    • Business plans from industries asking for financial support from regional development agencies or other funding organisations.

    • Singapore National Research Foundation (SNRF)

    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

    • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

    • Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO-Singapore)

    • Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG-Austria)

    • Irish Research Council

       

      SERVICE AS EXAMINER

       

      External examiner for the MSc program Automotive Technology Management at Cranfield University 2011-2014

       

      External examiner for the MSc program Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Sheffield 2014-2019

       

      Number of internal Ph.D. examinations:                         3

      Tushita Abeyasekera, Max Parker, Warren Blewitt

       

      Number of external UK Ph.D. examinations:                   10

      Ciprian Antaloae (Cranfield University), Dave Williams (Sheffield University), Peter James (Manchester University), Ponggorn Kulsangcharoen (Nottingham University), Dirk Kok (Sunderland University), Jonathan Davidson (Sheffield University), Ahmed Badawy (Strathclyde University), Xin Zhang (Sheffield University), Jose Ortiz-Gonzalez (Warwick University), Ahmed Al-Karakchi (Northumbria University).

       

      Number of international Ph.D. examinations:                  2

      Mika Ikonen (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland), Annegret Klein-Hessling (RWTH Aachen, Germany).



       


    ADVISORY PANELS

     

    2002            Member of the European Standardization Group for emissions measurements of hybrid electric vehicles.

    2005            Royal Society of Chemistry, White paper on future power drive trains.

    2008-2010   One North East think-tank group for future regional development.

    2009            IET Technical Advisor for TTXGP - World's First Zero Carbon, Clean Emission Electric Bike Grand Prix.

    2009-2012   Performance Test Track Steering Committee.

    2010-2013   IET Power Generation, Conversion and Utilisation (PGCU) professional network Executive Team.

    2010            IET Safety Aspects of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Steering Group.

    2010-2011   NMI Power Electronics Strategy Group on the White paper “Power Electronics – The UK Strategy” for Mark Prisk, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise.

    2011            North East representative for the Automotive Interest Group at Business, Innovation and Skills/Local Enterprise Partnerships (BIS/LEP).

    2012-2014   International Advisory Board for “Encyclopaedia of Automotive Engineering” book from Wiley Online Library, Online ISBN: 9781118354179.

    2012            Wireless Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (Technical Insights), D2EA—TI, Frost & Sullivan.

    2012            Study on Disruptive Innovation in eMobility, PRO-INNO Projects (http://grips-public.mediactive.fr/).

    2014            Founding member of the IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) technical and professional network.

    2018            Founding member of the Faraday Institution.

     

    Research activities published in newspapers (selections)

     

    24.9.2009:   Smoothing drive to green motoring, The Journal

    25.6.2013:   Avid hoping to quadruple its manufacturing capacity, The Journal

    11.6.2014:   Support available for business innovation, The Journal

    11.5.2015:   Journal Vision 2020, The Engineer

    1.7.2017:     UK needs better charging network for electric vehicles, Engineering & Technology

    19.5.2017:   TEV Project teams up with Newcastle University to create highways of the future, Scottish         Business News

    26.7.2017:   Diesel Patrol Ban, BBC News at Five

    8.5.2018:     New motorways could see vehicles driving in platoons at 125mph, Design, Products & Applications


    Research

    Volker is Head of the Electrical Power Group and his profile can be viewed on Google Scholar.


    Value of Total Awarded Grants and Contracts: £11,993,323

    Attributable value of Total Awarded Grants and Contracts: £4,002,017

     RESEARCH FUNDING EPSRC

    FUNDING SOURCE

    START DATE OF GRANT (DD/MM/YYYY)

    END DATE OF GRANT (DD/MM/YYYY)

    INVOLVEMENT (e.g. SOLE INVESTIGATOR)

    NAME OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR†

    NAMES OF CO-INVESTIGATORS

    VALUE OF AWARD

    VALUE ATTRIBUTABLE TO CANDIDATE

     % SPLIT TO CANDIDATE

     

    EPSRC

    01/03/2001

    31/10/2004

    PI

    V Pickert

     

    £200,869

    £200,869

    100%

    Real time power electronic device junction temperature estimation and control

    EPSRC

    19/01/2007

    18/01/2010

    PI

    V Pickert

     

    £120,550

    £120,550

    100%

    A novel generator system for series hybrid electric vehciles

    EPSRC

    01/08/2008

    31/07/2013

    CI

    BC Mecrow

    V Pickert, B Zahawi, A Jack, D Giaouris, DJ Atkinson, M Armstrong, AB Horsfall

    £762,626

    £76,263

    10%

    High efficient electric converters

    EPSRC

    01/04/2006

    31/10/2009

    CI

    BC Mecrow

    V Pickert, D Giaouris, DJ Atkinson, J Finch, A Jack, C French, B Zahawi

    £200,003

    £20,000

    10%

    Test facility for high speed, high power drives

    EPSRC

    01/10/2008

    30/09/2012

    CI

    GY Tian

    V Pickert

    £236,600

    £118,300

    50%

    A collaborative Sino-British project: future reliable renewable energy conversion systems & networks

    EPSRC

    01/10/2011

    30.09.2015

    PI

    V Pickert

     

    £409,202

    £409,202

    100%

    Vehicle electrical system integrations

    EPSRC

    21/01/2013

    20/01/2016

    CI

    W Cao

    B Mecrow, J Widmer, V Pickert

    £367,225

    £55,083

    15%

    Novel calorimeter for developing high efficiency permanent magnet machines and power converters

    EPSRC

    01/07/2013

    30/06/2017

    CI

    BC Mecrow

    V Pickert

    £2,884,382

    £288,438

    10%

    Underpinning Power Electronics - Integrated Drives

    EPSRC

    01/04/2016

    31/03/2019

    CI

    N Baker

    V Pickert

    £319,862

    £63,972.40

    20%

    EDRIVE-MEC: All Electric Drive Train for Marine Energy Converters

    EPSRC

    01/10/2017

    30/09/2020

    PI

    V Pickert

    M Dahidah

    £231,796

    £162,256

    70%

    Novel Condition Monitoring and Health Management Technologies for WBG Power Modules

    TOTAL

     

      

     

     

    £5,733,115

    £1,514,933

     

     

     


    RESEARCH FUNDING Others


    FUNDING SOURCESTART DATE OF GRANT (DD/MM/YYYY)END DATE OF GRANT (DD/MM/YYYY)INVOLVEMENT (e.g. SOLE INVESTIGATOR)NAME OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR†NAMES OF CO-INVESTIGATORSVALUE OF AWARDVALUE ATTRIBUTABLE TO CANDIDATE % SPLIT TO CANDIDATE 
    DTI04/12/200604/06/2009PIV PickertDJ Atkinson£158,878£142,99090%Power management systems in electric and hybrid vehicles
    TSB10/10/200809/04/2011PIV PickertBC Mecrow, M Armstrong£254,484£152,69060%Second generation hybrid truck
    EngD Comesys15/06/200730/10/2010PIV PickertBC Mecrow£32,500£29,25090%Advanced thermal management
    EngD CT01/10/200530/09/2009PIV PickertDJ Atkinson£8,000£7,20090%IGBT thermal management
    EngD Hiltech01/09/200831/08/2012PIV PickertM Armstrong, K Scott£40,000£13,60034%Virtual fuel cell
    EngD CT22/09/200830/09/2012CIM ArmstrongV Pickert, AB Horsfall£8,000£6,00075%High efficient driver circuit for IGBTs
    EngD Dyson06/05/200503/02/2009CIBC MecrowV Pickert£19,333£1,93310%Sensorless control of switched reluctance machine
    EngD Sevcon01/02/200401/04/2007PIV PickertBC Mecrow£23,666£14,20060%Optimisation for an electric power drive train
    EngD Sevcon01/10/200330/04/2008CIA JackV Pickert, BC Mecrow£34,000£13,60040%Control of power electronics
    Siemens12/10/200631/01/2007PIV PickertAG Jack, N Wright£6,000£2,40040%JFET devcies in drives applications
    ECPE26/09/200615/12/2006PIV PickertAg Jack£5,000£2,75055%Fault tolerant drives
    Henry Lester Trust16/06/201112/07/2011PIV Pickert £2,500£2,500100%Lifetime estimator for power modules
    TSB05/09/201104/06/2012PIV PickertT Roskilly£45,135£36,10880%Free piston engine power drive train generator
    TSB01/11/201101/09/2014CIJ WidmerV Pickert, B Mecrow£287,805£57,56120%High torque density switched reluctance drive system for low carbon vehicles
    KTP Hyperdrive01/04/201231/03/2014PIV Pickert £154,257£154,257100%Development of a highly integrated power pack
    Innovate UK01/12/201231/05/2015PIV PickertB Zahawi£192,102£115,26160%Highly integrated power DC/DC converter
    Innovate UK01/01/201331/12/2015CIJ WidmerV Pickert, B Mecrow£749,685£149,93720%Low cost electric drive train
    FP701/09/201231/08/2016CIW CaoV Pickert£78,285£3,9145%Evaluation and development of wind turbine generator technologies
    Innovate UK01/01201430/06/2015PIV PickertB Ji, B Zahawi£136,345£81,80760%DiSoHM : Direct State of Health Measurement for Power Devices
    Innovate UK01/11/201330/04/2018PIV PickertG Atkinson, J Widmer£562,121£281,06150%48v Town & Country Hybrid
    BIS Regional Growth Fund01/07/201331/05/2015PIV PickertC Morton, J Widmer£51,336£28,23555%Development of high efficiency DC fan and Water Pump
    Innovate UK01/10/201530/09/2017PIV PickertS Lambert£195,140£117,08460%Integrated EV Charger and BMS with Fully Active Balancing (iEV CaB FAB)
    PhD Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult01/11/201531/10/2018PIV Pickert £42,000£42,000100%Healthmonitoring
    APC01/02/201631/01/2018CIS LambertV Pickert, M Armstrong. P Christenson, S Mc Donald£511,764£127,94125%High Energy Density Battery (HEDB)
    Institute for Sustainability01/04/201623/09/2016CIR LawV Pickert, AP Harvey, I Ditchburn£10,000£2,00020%Development of new cooling technologies for high power electronics by adaptation and miniaturisation of novel concepts from process intensification and utilization of advanced manufacturing techniques such as selective laser melting (SLM)
    PhD Changan01/09/201631/08/2019PIV PickertM Dahidah, D Giaouris, D Atkinson£30,000£7,50025%Power Electronics & Control Technology Applicable to Hybridisation of Transmissions for Passenger Car & Small Commercial Vehicle
    Innovate UK01/03/201828/02/2019CIN WadeV Pickert£151,362£75,68150%Infrastructure Systems 2 - DC-DC Rapid Chargers
    Faraday Institution01/03/201828/02/2021CIU StimmingV Pickert, P Cumpson, Mamlouk  £1,616,282£274,76817%Degradation detection for Li-ion batteries
    PhD Philadelphia Scientific Ltd01/06/201831/05/2021PIV Pickert £99,086£99,086100%Charging System for a Tracked Electric Vehicle System
    Horizon 202001/06/201801/12/2021PIV PickertN Wade£393,938£275,75770%E-LOBSTER: Next generation innovative technologies enabling smart grids, storage and energy system integration with railway
    KTP TPS12/11/201811/11/2020CID MohamedV Pickert, M Elgendy£160,378£24,05715%SiC devices for power grid applications
    PhD TMD Technologies Ltd26/11/201825/11/2022PIV PickertM Elgendy£85,398£59,77970%Smaller, lighter high voltage converters for Microwave Power Modules (MPMs) 
    TOTAL     £6,144,780£2,402,906  


    RESEARCH FUNDING Consultancy

    Total value of awards: £115,428. Funding sources: Grundfos, Control Techniques, IMRA Europe, ITI Scotland, South East DoE, Hil Tech Ltd. Emerson, Amantys.


    RESEARCH FUNDING Received Abroad


    • Seasky Project funds my research activities in China as Visiting Professor at Dalian University of Technology

       

    • Collaborative teaching engagement with Universidade Federal de Goiás – UFG, Brazil


    RESEARCH SUPERVISION

     

    As the main supervisor I have successfully supervised 2 MPhil students, 18 Ph.D. students, 2 KTP Associates and 9 Research Associates (RA). I supervised the following students/staff during their Ph.D. studies / RA activities.

     

    Supervised (2) MPhil students to completion:

    Mr M. Varughese  (2017)                      MPhil on Control of Dual Active Bridge Converter for Battery to Battery Charging Application

                                                                Sponsor: Innovate UK

                                                                Partners: Lotus, Turbo Power Systems, Hyperdrive, Dynex, Hiflux, Wrexham Capacitors, International Transformers

                                                                Now KTP Associate with Warwick University

    Mr P. Allan (2018)                                 MPhil on Active voltage balancing

                                                                Sponsor: KTP

                                                                Partners: Hyperdrive

                                                                Now Engineer at Hyperdrive Ltd.

     

    • Supervised (20) PhD students to completion:

    Dr M. Musallam (2005)                          PhD on real time power electronic device junction temperature estimation and control

                                                                Sponsor: EPSRC

                                                                Partners: Semelab

                                                                Now RA at Nottingham University

    Dr. A.O. Elbkosh (2009)                        PhD on nonlinear analysis and control of DC-DC converters

                                                                Sponsor: Lybian government

                                                                Now Lecturer at the Higher Education in Libya.

    Dr. K. Ambusaidi (2010)                        PhD on fault tolerant multilevel step-down DC/DC converters

                                                                Sponsor: Government Sultan of Oman and ORS

                                                                Now Lecturer at the Nizwa College of Technology, Oman

    Dr. D. Kalpaktsoglou (2010)                  PhD on power factor correction for stand alone wave energy converters

                                                                Now servicing in the Greek army.

    Dr. C Huifeng (2010)                             PhD on correcting the effect of thermal ageing for real-time power device temperature estimators

                                                                Now with Siemens Ltd., China

    Dr. G. James (2010)                             EngD on thermal protection of power electronic switching devices

                                                                Sponsor: EPSRC

                                                                Partners: Control Techniques

                                                                Now with Control Techniques Ltd.

    Dr. A. Ayob (2010),                               PhD on the assessment of single-phase SRM converters for low power applications

                                                                Sponsor: Malaysian Government

                                                                Now Lecturer at the Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia

    Dr. A. Al-Busaidi (2011)                        PhD on a generator-set for series hybrid electric vehicles operating at high output voltages

                                                                Sponsor: EPSRC and Government Sultan of Oman

                                                                Partner: Hiltech

                                                                Now Lecturer at Nizwa College of Technology, Oman

    Dr. J. Bing (2012)                                 PhD on on-line lifetime estimator for power semiconductor devices for electric vehicles

                                                                Sponsor: ORS

                                                                Partners: Semikron

                                                                Now KTP Associate at Newcastle University

    Dr. S. Lambert (2012)                           PhD on voltage equalisation techniques for high capacitance device modules

                                                                Sponsor: EPSRC

                                                                Partners: Tsinghua, Zhejiang, Chongqing, Nanjing, Sichuan, Durham, Warwick, Nottingham and Edinburgh Universities

                                                                Now Research Associate at Newcastle University

    Dr. C. Morton (2014)                             PhD on Self-Alignment Torque as a Source of Energy Recovery for Hybrid Electric Trucks

     Sponsor: TSB

                                                                Now Engineer at Avid Ltd.

    Dr. S. Naylor (2014)                              PhD on the development of power drive trains for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles

                                                                Sponsor: DTA

                                                                Now self employed

    Dr. R. Taylor (2014)                              PhD on Virtual Fuel Cell System

                                                                Sponsor: EPSRC

                                                                Partners: Hiltech

                                                                Now Manager at PX Ltd. Teesside Oil and Gas Refinery

    Dr. D. Winterborne (2015)                     PhD onReal-Time Model-Based Loss Minimisation Control for Electric Vehicle Drives

                                                                Sponsor: DTA

                                                                Now Research Associate at Newcastle University

    Dr T.  Al-Mhana (2016)                         PhD on optimization of switched variable capacitors for voltage and frequency fluctuations

                                                                Sponsor: Iraqi Government

                                                                Now Lecturer at Misan University

    Dr B. Hassan (2016)                             PhD on multilevel current source inverters

                                                                Sponsor: Malaysian Government

                                                                Now Lecturer at University Putra

    Dr H. Wu (2016)                                   PhD on DC/DC converter with reduced inductor size

                                                                Sponsor: EPSRC

                                                                Now Research Associate at Newcastle University

    Dr M. Besharati (2017)                          Phd on Design of a High Speed High Power Switched Reluctance Motor

                                                                Sponsor: EPSRC

                                                                Now Engineer at Dyson

    Dr H Zhang                                          PhD on active voltage balancing circuits

                                                                Sponsor: self funded

                                                                Now engineer at Dyson

    Dr R Mabasa (2018)                              PhD on in-situ health monitoring for multi-chip power modules

                                                                Sponsor: DTA

                                                                Now engineer with National Grid

     

    • Supervised (10) KTP Associates, Research Assistants and Research Associates:

    Dr. L. Pritchard                                     RA on heatsink designs for automotive applications

                                                                Sponsor: TSB

                                                                Partners: Prodrive, Hiltech, International Transformers, Evo, Manchester University

                                                                During the project Len become critically ill and unfortunately passed away

    Dr. C. Morton                                         RA on high voltage auxiliary drives for hybrid trucks

                                                                 Sponsor: TSB

                                                                 Partners: Leyland Trucks, Eaton Power Drive Train

                                                                Now Research Associate at Newcastle University

    Prof S. Xueguan                                   RA on lifetime enhancement of power modules using active heatsinks

                                         Sponsor: EPSRC

                                         Partners: 10 academic and 20 industrial partners

                                                                Now Professor at Dalian University

    Dr. J Bing (2013)                                  KTP on Switched Reluctance Drive

                                                                Sponsor: KTP

                                                                Partners: Hyperdrive

                                                                Now Research Associate at Newcastle University

    Dr. J Bing (2014)                                  RA on Direct State of Health Measurement for Power Devices (DisHom)

                                                                Sponsor: InnovateUK

                                                                Partners: Dynex, GE, Amantys

                                                                Now Lecturer at Leicester University

    Dr. E. Pinguey                                      RA on 48V Town and Country 48V Vehicle

                                                                Sponsor: InnovateUK

                                                                Partners: RDM, Infineon, Productive, Tata Steel, Libralato, Loughborough Uni.

                                                                Now Agriculturalist in Cumbria

    Dr M Al-Greer                                       RA on 48V Town and Country 48V Vehicle

                                                                Sponsor: InnovateUK

                                                                Partners: RDM, Infineon, Productive, Tata Steel, Libralato, Loughborough Uni.

                                                                Now Lecturer at Teeside University

    Dr D Winterborne                                  RA on 48V Town and Country 48V Vehicle

                                                                Sponsor: InnovateUK

                                                                Partners: RDM, Infineon, Productive, Tata Steel, Libralato, Loughborough Uni.

                                                                Now RA at Newcastle University

    Mr M. Varughese                                  RA on Highly Integrated Power DC/DC Converter (Hico)

                                                                Sponsor Innovate UK

                                                                Partners: Lotus, TPS, Wrexham Capacitor, HiFlux, ITS, Dynex

    Dr M Mohammad                                  RA on lifetime enhancement of power modules using active heatsinks

                                         Sponsor: EPSRC

                                         Partners: 10 academic and 20 industrial partners

                                                                Now Research Associate at Newcastle University

    Dr H. Wu                                              RA on Integrated EV charger and BMS with fully active balancing (iCabFaB) RA on healthmonitoring for WBG devices

                                                                Sponsor: InnovateUK

                                                                Partners: Hyperdrive, Amethyst, Opsol, Northern Grid

                                                                Now Research Associate at Newcastle University

     

    I was also second supervisor for the following 18 PhD students: Saleh Babaa, Chris Bateman, Liang Cheng, Ibrahim Daho, Richard Gibson, Simon Graham, Otman Imrayed, Saleh Elkelani, Colin Cerexhe and Saleh Hassen.

     

    ONGOING PhD/Research PROJECTS

     

    I am currently the main supervisor for:

     

    • 4 Research Associates

    • 10 PhD students

       

      working on the following projects:

       

    • PhD on in-situ health monitoring for SiC devices – Xiang Lu

      • Sponsor: self-funded

    • PhD on grid connected PV converter – Hamza Khalfalla

      • Sponsor: Libyan Government

    • PhD on health monitoring of power devices for off-shore applications – Cuili Chen

      • Sponsor: Offshore Catapult & DTA

      • Partner: Offshore Catapult

    • PhD on novel cooling heatsinks for power modules – Yerasimos Yerasimou

      • Sponsor: EPSRC DTA

    • PhD on optimised power electronics simulation software – Hamidreza Gashtil

      • Sponsor: Changan & DTA

      • Partner: Changan

    • PhD on health monitoring for wide bandgap devices  – Xiang Wang

      • Sponsor: CSC

    • PhD on dynamic road charging - Saleh Ali

      • Sponsor: Philadelphia Scientific

    • PhD on high power dense dc/dc converter for pulse power applications using GaN devices   – Joel Holland

      • Sponsor: TMD

    • PhD on health monitoring for press-packs – Bowen Gu

      • Sponsor: EPSRC

    • PhD on degradation in Li Ion batteries – Heqing Liu

      • Sponsor: DTA

    • RA on health monitoring applied to wide bandgap devices – Dr Haimeng Wu

      • Sponsor: EPSRC

      • Partners: Warwick, Nottingham, Bristol Universities

    • RA on E-lobster: Grid connections between supply grid and railway grid – Dr Mansoureh

             Zangiabadi

      • Sponsor: Horizon 2020

      • Partners: Madrid Metro, RINA, RSSB, Lithium Balance, FFE, UITP, Birmingham University

    • RA on degradation in Li Ion batteries  – Dr Muez Shiref

      • Sponsor: EPSRC

      • Partners: Cambridge, Imperial , Strathclyde, Manchester, Nottingham, UCL

    • RA on degradation in Li Ion batteries  – Dr Musbahu Muhammad

      • Sponsor: EPSRC

      • Partners: Cambridge, Imperial , Strathclyde, Manchester, Nottingham, UCL

         

        I am currently co-supervising one Research Associate and eight PhD students:

         

    • Research Associate: Stephen McDonald

    PhD students: Chenming Zhang, Jiankai Ma, Handong Li, Giorgos Gkizas, Dennis Chan, Mohammad Alharbi, Mahfuz Kamal, Bortecene Yldirim.


    Teaching

    Undergraduate Teaching

    • EEE3003 Introduction to the Basics of Modern Power Electronics (Undergraduates)
    • EEE4091 UG individual projects
    • EEE4008 ECAD
    • EEE4095 Study projects

    Postgraduate Teaching

    • EEE8012 Power Electronics - Design & Implementations (MSc)
    • EEE8074 MSc individual projects


    GENERAL STATEMENT ON TEACHING

     

    Since the beginning of my academic career I have been lecturing “Introduction to the Basics of Modern Power Electronics” for the Undergraduate Programme and “Power Electronics – Design & Implementations” for the Master Programme. For 9 years I was also module leader of the MSc coursework module and I was running the e-learning module MSc “Advanced Power Electronic Devices” for 4 years. The MSc coursework module is a laboratory based teaching module and the e-learning module was designed for distance learning. All modules are annually revised and some of them have been completely changed over years in order to increase students’ learning outcomes and to make subjects more exciting. For example the lecture “Power Electronics – Design & Implementation” formerly called “Power Electronics” did not include any practical design aspects. Over a two year period topics of the module were changed and two new sections discussing design methods and selection criteria for power components have been included. The name of the module was also changed in 2013 to reflect the radical changes made. The new sections provide students with the tools required by industry to design power converters. The old lecture material did not reflect this requirement. In addition handouts are now available and tutorial questions have been generated, helping students to measure their progress. In the future I will introduce self-learning study material based on PSPICE. With the help of the simulator students can learn more in-depth the material that has been lectured to them. The PSPICE material has been developed over the last three years using MSc project students and undergraduate students and the material is tested at the moment prior the launch. The success of constantly changing lecture material and changing teaching methods is reflected in the student feedback I receive. I am consistently achieving high overall ratings in my modules: e.g. in 2018 my average score was “4.4”, in 2012 I achieved “4.5” and in 2016 it was “4.3” (“5.0” is the maximum).

    I taught for 9 years the MSc coursework module that has seen the most radical changes. This module is not a taught lecture. All activities are taken place in the laboratory. When taking over the module I scrapped all experiments and replaced them with experiments which now link with the contents of ongoing lectures. In addition each experiment has become more challenging and fulfils now latest Health and Safety standards. Finally the course structure and the marking scheme were changed. Students are now working in either groups or individually depending on the experiment. A port-folio assessment allows a faire marking scheme. I was able to convince the School to invest in new equipment (~£50k) in order to make these changes happen. The outcome of the module change is reflected in the attendance number from 75% (before the changes) to now 99% and in a new bespoke laboratory.   


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