Adel Nasiri, Ph.D David Yu, Ph.D Robert Cuznner, Ph.D Lingfeng Wang, Ph.D
Interim Exec. Director of CSI Interim Assoc. Dean of Research Assistant Professor Associate Professor
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Postdoc Fellow:
Mehdy Khayamy
Mehdy Khayamy was born in Ahvaz, Iran. His master’s and doctoral research was focused on power electronics and the development of control algorithms for control of electric machines and control of control power electronic converters for solar and wind renewable energy systems and battery application. He was a senior test engineer for high power converters and a planning engineer in an oil refinery industry. He published a book on the application of MATLAB in mathematics. Currently, he is continuing his research on the application of power electronic converters on the power system.




  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee (2012-2016).
  • M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran (2005-2008).
  • B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran (2004-2004).

Visiting Scholar:
Siavash Beheshtaein
Siavash Beheshtaein was born in Shiraz, Iran, 1986.  He is pursuing his Ph.D. under supervision of Professor Josep M. Guerrero with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. He is currently a visiting scholar under the supervision of Dr. Rob Cuzner at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research area interests are protection of AC/DC microgrids, DC circuit breakers, microgrid control, and artificial intelligence.




  • M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran (2010-2012).
  • B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran (2005-2009).

Graduate Students:
Fanglue Ju
Fanglue Ju grew up in Beijing is currently a doctoral student in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, working under Dr. Adel Nasiri. He is currently working on “A complete comparative study of the electrical, thermal and mechanical performances of a MW-Class water cooled grid-tied power converter using different power transistor technologies,” a GRAPES research project for S&C Electric Company.




  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2014-2015).
  • B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2012-2014).
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering and Automation, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China (2010-2012).

Farhad Balali
Farhad Balali was born in Tehran and is currently a Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, working under Dr. Nasiri’s supervision. He has worked in the Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems since 2014 and completed a master’s thesis titled “An Economical Model Development for a Hybrid System of Grid Connected Solar PV and Electrical Storage System.” Farhad is working on asset management, statistical data analysis, environmental and economic analysis of the smart microgrid systems.



  • M.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2014-2015).
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (2008-2012).

Amin Khanlar
Amin Khanlar was born in Tehran, Iran. After earning his undergraduate degree, he joined industry and worked for PATSA as an automation and instrumentation production line designer and contractor for more than three years. He then moved to the United States to pursue a higher degree in power electronics. He is currently a master’s student and a graduate research assistant at the Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems at UWM. Amin’s research interests are in smart grids, power electronics and system protections. He is currently building a prototype SSCB for DC microgrids with a unique topology.



  • BSEE, Shahrood University of Technology, Semnan, Iran (2009).

Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith is a graduate student in electrical engineering under the advisement of Dr. Robert Cuzner. Currently Daniel is a research associate working on GRAPES and BTEIL. He is interested in mitigating loss in power with smart systems that can self correct and be more efficient in power losses, and hopes to improve upon existing components to create more efficient machines and grid connections.




  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2016).

Swachala Veerapaneni
Swachala Veerapaneni was born in Hyderabad, India. As an undergraduate, her major area of research was in power systems, and she worked on studying and designing grounding of high voltage substations. After graduation she worked with Regal Beloit Corporation (India) from 2013-2015. She began work on her master’s in electrical engineering at UWM in spring 2006 and is working under Dr. Robert Cuzner on DC Micro Grids and GRAPES. For DC microgrids she worked on smart load analysis, calculations on optimizing the solar panels, building an average model of MPPT, and solar panels. For GRAPES, Swachala is going to work on protection systems with AC & DC microgrids. Her research interests are protection of microgrids and utility grids, power conversion devices, controls and wide aspects of functioning of utility companies.


  • BSEE, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India (2009-2013).

Research Associate:
Qianqian Jiao

Karthik Palianappan

Nick Hoeft