Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
Giri Venkataramanan's research program covers the major aspects of power conversion systems in different application areas of electric power generation, distribution, transmission and utilization systems. The horseshoe, the water wheel, the windmill, the steam engine ... systems for energy transport and power conversion have always been at the forefront of human imagination. Rooted in that tradition, modern electrical power converters have evolved through the interplay of historical, social, environmental and technological factors, among others. Venkataramanan and his group use careful empirical study, reinforced with analytical modeling to elucidate the role of these factors in determining the shape and form of electrical power converters.
- Applications of power electronics in building lighting, climate conditioning, industrial motor control, electric generation, transmission and distribution and transportation systems
- Renewable power generation systems such as wind power, solar power and geothermal power
- Operation and control of microgrids and smart grids in distributed generation, energy storage, combined heat and power, electric, hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle