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POST GRADUATE RESEARCHERS

Matt Watson
Simon Royston

Matthew Watson graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015, and is now is undertaking a PhD focusing on the development and control of a novel indoor robotic platform, in partnership with Consequential Robotics and Sheffield Robotics. This work is specifically focusing on the development and implementation of real-time optimal control techniques, and their application to nonlinear unstable under-actuated systems. He is also responsible for the electronics and control development of the Inclusiviti Omniseat, a novel omnidirectional wheelchair.

Simon Royston is a postgraduate research student currently focused on the application of energy storage within grid scale networks and rail infrastructure. He has a background in the power sector having previously been employed as a high voltage power engineer at Quarzelec Ltd performing system design, installation and maintenance work for large power networks. Specific work included creating network studies for fault levels, over-current and earth fault protection co-ordination, HV arc-flash & earthing system design as well as system upgrade and maintenance work.

Matt Smith
Hammad Alnuman

Matthew is Postgraduate Researcher in the Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage & Applications Group of the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at The University of Sheffield, UK. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Master’s Degree in Digital Electronics in 2014. His research interests include Power Electronics, Electrical Energy Storage & Management and Automotive Battery Performance. Specifically his work examines factors affecting the lifetime of batteries within automotive and energy storage applications, and the performance of automotive batteries in mild-hybrid applications.

Hammad is a PhD student who received his B.Eng degree in power systems from Aljouf University, KSA in 2012, and the M.Sc degree in electrical and computer engineering from Southern Illinois University, USA in 2014. He worked as a Teaching Assistant of power systems courses for two years in Aljouf University, KSA. His research interests include train simulation, energy efficiency in railway operation, railways operation and control, power system stability analysis and control, in addition to microgrid stability and control, power quality analysis and optimization of electric railway power systems, and electrical hybrid energy storage for integrated energy applications.

Zhou Wang

Zhuo commenced his PhD in October 2017.  He holds a BEng from Xidian University, China in Automation, and recently completed (2017) an MSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has previous experience working for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited, in China developing software for battery management systems. 

Alexander  Petersen

Alex is a PhD research student in CREESA at the University of Sheffield, and has been since 2015. Before that he completed his masters degree in Aerospace Engineering, also at the University of Sheffield. His active research currently centres around the development of quantitative metrics for the justification of multilevel converters, while holding a wider interest in electronics and power electronics.

Burcu Mantar Gundogdu

Burcu received her M.Sc. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy, University of Nottingham, UK, in 2014. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. degree in the CREESA group at University of Sheffield where her research interests include power system analysis, grid-scale energy storage systems, battery management systems, renewable energy systems, and design and control of power electronics.  Her doctoral study is with the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group at Sheffield, where she has been studying on power system analyses for large scale grid-tied battery energy storage system, and grid frequency response and regulation services with the Willenhall Energy Storage Systems; operated by The University of Sheffield.

Yingcheng Wang

Zhuo Wang commenced his PhD in October 2017.  He holds a BEng from Xidian University, China in Automation, and recently completed (2017) an MSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has previous experience working for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited, in China developing software for battery management systems. 

Izgun Gunsal

Izgun graduated from University of Sheffield in 2015 with an MEng in Electrical Engineering. He is continuing his studies as a postgraduate researcher in energy storage applications and renewable systems, with a particular interest in power electronics. His project is focused on the investigation of multilevel converters for battery storage, and PV interfacing for low voltage distribution networks. The aim of the project is to design and build a cascaded H-bridge converter capable of suppressing leakage currents in order to deliver high quality power with low harmonic distortion.

Lais Farias Martins

Lais graduated from the Federal University of Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil in 2015, and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Sheffield focused on bidirectional wireless charging systems for Electric Vehicles (EVs). Her research work within CREESA and the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group comprises inductive power transfer systems applied to wireless charging of EV's, modelling, simulation and construction of resonant bidirectional DC-DC converters. Her PhD is sponsored by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

Fred Velacott

Zhuo Wang commenced his PhD in October 2017.  He holds a BEng from Xidian University, China in Automation, and recently completed (2017) an MSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has previous experience working for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited, in China developing software for battery management systems. 

Haitong Zhang

Zhuo Wang commenced his PhD in October 2017.  He holds a BEng from Xidian University, China in Automation, and recently completed (2017) an MSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has previous experience working for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited, in China developing software for battery management systems. 

Zeyuan Wang

Zhuo Wang commenced his PhD in October 2017.  He holds a BEng from Xidian University, China in Automation, and recently completed (2017) an MSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has previous experience working for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited, in China developing software for battery management systems. 

Matt Watson

Zhuo Wang commenced his PhD in October 2017.  He holds a BEng from Xidian University, China in Automation, and recently completed (2017) an MSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has previous experience working for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited, in China developing software for battery management systems.