Current Postgraduate Students

Houda Morchid

Houda Morchid earned her Diplome d’ingenieur (graduate engineer diploma)/Master’s degree majoring in Mechatronics from Ecole d’ingenieur en Genie des Systemes industriels (EIGSI) in La Rochelle, France in 2013.She joined the DIT‘s School of Electrical and Electronics engineering as a PhD Researcher in August 2014. She’s working on European Funded FP7 project PV Crops topic: Enhancement and Evaluation of PV systems, which consist of the improvement of the reliability of PV systems and enhancement of the PV integration into the grid. Her current research interests include the forecasting of power fluctuations using artificial neural networks (ANN), the study of the electrical and thermal interaction in Large PV plants and the effect of EMC on the reliability of PV systems at large scale.

Shivananda Pukhrem

Shivananda Pukhrem received a BE Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India in July 2011 and a M.Sc. Degree in Renewable Energy System from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland in July 2013. He worked as an apprentice at Schneider Electric Swiebodzice, Poland during September 2012 – March 2013. His current research areas are optimization of energy production from PV plants and the methodology for solving the technical issues in grid connected PV plants. He is currently working on the FP7 funded-project PVCROPS.

Benish K Paily

Benish K Paily completed his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Institution of Engineers (India) and Master’s degree in Electrical Energy System from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India. He was a lecturer in BMSIT, National Institute of Technology (India) and was a research assistant in University College Dublin (Ireland). His research interest includes renewable energy, HVDC systems and artificial intelligence techniques. He is currently working in the area of HVDC system fault analysis using signal processing techniques including wavelet transform, artificial neural network, and fuzzy logic.

Lubna Mariam

Lubna Mariam achieved graduation and postgraduation degrees from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics (now known as the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department).  She has work experience as a lecturer in the same department. Her research experience is in the area of renewable energy systems. She is currently a postgraduate researcher in DIT since 2011. Her present research focus is in the area of modelling and simulation of microgrid systems towards the development of a smart microgrid for the Irish context.

Fergus Sharkey

Fergus Sharkey is a Chartered Engineer and graduate of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DT021) at Dublin Institute of Technology. Since 2005 he has worked with ESB International in a variety of roles.  He has significant experience in electrical systems for power generation, including coal and gas plant.  More recently he has been involved in ocean energy project development with ESB and is a key member of the WestWave project management team.  He also has experience with a range of emerging technologies including Solar PV, energy storage, HVDC transmission and Smart Home technologies.  He is in the final stages of his PhD research in DIT which he has undertaken since 2010. Fergus’ PhD thesis is titled “Offshore Electrical Networks and Grid Integration of Wave Energy Converter Arrays: Techno-economic Optimisation of Array Electrical Networks, Power Quality Assessment, and Irish Market Perspectives”.  In this research the optimal configuration for Wave Energy Converter (WEC) array electrical networks is investigated, considering functional and economic requirements. Practical tools for voltage flicker emissions from WEC devices are presented.  The domestic, and potential export market for large scale wave energy in Ireland is also evaluated. This research is well documented in conference and journal papers which are available on the DIT Arrow system.

Shahab Sajedi

Shahab Sajedi completed his Bachelor degree in electrical engineering at the University of Tabriz (Iran) and his Master degree in electrical energy systems (Power Electronics) at the Islamic Azad University (Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran). He has work experience as a workshop supervisor on various projects at the Tabriz Urban Railway. He has been a postgraduate researcher at DIT since April 2016. His research interests include FACTS, Active Power Filters, Dynamic Voltage Restorers, Unified Power Quality Conditioners, Inverters and Converters Topology and Control for various Power Electronics applications. His present research focus is in the area of modelling and simulation of various topologies of Multi-Level Inverters in HVDC systems relating to their fault ride through capability.

Arsalan Hussain Zaidi

Arsalan Hussain Zaidi received a BE Degree in Industrial Electronics from IIEE, NED University, Pakistan, in June 2009 and a MSc Degree in Energy Energy Specialization in Wind Power Systems from Aalborg University, Denmark in July 2013. He worked as a part-time lecturer and research assistant during 2014 – 2015. He joined the DIT‘s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering as a PhD Researcher in February 2016. His current research topic is Urban Electricity Networks for Smart Cities: The Application of Climate Knowledge to Accommodate Renewable (distributed) Generation Optimisation within Cities.

Chittesh Veni Chandran

Chittesh Veni Chandran received his Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India in 2011 and his Master degree in power systems from Mahatma Gandhi University, India in 2014. He has served as Guest Lecturer in Christ University in 2015 and worked as a research associate in SAF consultants during 2014-15. He joined the DIT‘s School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering as a PhD Researcher in December 2015. His research areas include renewable energy, demand side management, electricity market analysis, harmonic analysis, and optimization methods application.

Roberto Sandano

Roberto Sandano obtained a Bachelor degree (3 years) in Physics at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2011. In 2015 he completed an Electrical Engineering master degree (2 years) at the same University. During the master degree he was a visiting Erasmus student at DIT where he completed his final master thesis on the topic of HVDC applications. After graduation, he obtained the professional qualification of Engineer in Italy and he was employed by SEIRA SRL in Verona (Italy). The company produces static converters for railway applications. There he was involved in the electronic and electrical testing and certification (T&C) sector for the converters of Metrô de São Paulo, Brazil. During the bachelor degree and for part of the master degree he had two work experiences, both within the company, where he was responsible for foreign costumers and IT. He also has experience in public administration, having served for 4 years as a Council Member in his native village Pozzonovo (PD). The focus of his PhD research activity is the dispatch of offshore wind energy and the provision of ancillary services by multi-terminal HVDC installations. During the first year of his PhD he developed a Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) application of two scaled HVDC converter stations based on an OPAL-RT real time simulator at the DIT EPRC laboratories. The work was presented at the OPAL-RT User Conference in Munich in 2015. He has also completed the European PhD School in Gaeta on Power Electronic applications for Power Systems. On August 2016 he is attending the Wind Power Summer School at Aarhus University in cooperation with Siemens and Vestas. From September 2016 for 6 months he will be visiting PhD researcher at UNSW in Sydney to develop a new type of control logic for HVDC converters.

Sandipan Patra

Sandipan Patra completed his B.Tech. in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering at the West Bengal University of Technology, India, and his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with specialisation in Power Electronics and Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad. He was a lecturer in IIIT Bhubaneswar, India. Currently, he is a postgraduate PhD researcher at Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. His present research focus is in the application of signal processing techniques for power quality (PQ) improvement and protection in microgrids. His areas of interest include PQ, grid tied inverters, microgrids, and signal processing applications in power electronics.