Distributed Energy and Grid Management
Supervising Faculty: Fred Wang
Edward’s research interests focus on power electronics using wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, such as Gallium Nitride and Silicon Carbide. He is pursuing those interests with Professor Fred Wang in the Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electrical Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), working on projects with appications in photovoltaics, future aircraft, and more. Most of his publications to date have involved characterization and modeling of GaN heterojunction field-effect transistors (HFETs), which are fundamentally different from more conventional Silicon-based power devices such as MOSFETs and IGBTs.
Edward earned his B.S.E.E. at Virginia Tech, where he worked with Professor Jason Lai at the Future Energy Electronics Center (FEEC). His undergraduate thesis involved designing a boost-buck converter for a thermoelectric generator to capture waste-heat energy in automotive applications. During this time, he interned with the Department of Energy Office of Clean Energy Systems, investigating the application of fuel cells in clean coal technology. While studying at Virginia Tech, he was also the co-founder of the VT chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Edward spent five years working as a field engineer for GE Energy after finish his undergraduate work, then began working on his Ph.D. at UTK. His anticipated graduation date is 2017.
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee, 2016
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2007
Awards and Recognitions
- UT Chancellor's Fellowship - 2012
- Harry Lynde Bradley Scholarship for Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2003-2007
Google Scholar Profile: Edward A. Jones