Early Stage Researchers
Siamak Pourkeivannour is from Iran. He received his Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Turkey at October 2019 and spent four years working with METU Center for Wind Energy as a scientific research project expert. During his Master program, he completed his Master Thesis titled "A Hardware in the loop simulator development for wind energy conversion systems", addressing the grid integration of renewable sources. He possesses a background in power electronics and electrical machines, and his interest in this field led him to join the ASSTRA program and start his PhD at TU/e in May 2020. His research topic focuses on winding topologies and heat management of Solid State Transformers. He will contribute to ASSTRA project by developing, simulating and prototyping relatively cost-effective and efficient SST topologies.
Andrea Cremasco was born in Pavia, Italy in 1990. He received his Bachelor and Master degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Pavia, Italy in 2014. He worked four years in Research and Development at ABB Switzerland, collaborating with Corporate Research Center, focusing on dry power transformers and inductors. He was active on numerical electromagnetic and thermal (CFD) analyses for creation of analytical models, definition of new methodologies for design and new product development.
His interest in advanced research on transformers motivated his involvement in ASSTRA, starting his PhD at TU/e in 2018. His research activity focuses on innovative concepts for medium frequency transformers in order to take advantage of superior switching behavior of new semiconductor technology. The increased compactness of resulting equipment will require innovative concepts to achieve higher thermal performance and meet superior electrical isolation requirements. The final concepts will be realized employing modern manufacturing technology, such as 3D printing.
Andreas Roovers is from Belgium. He received his Bachelor and Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven and spent one year of his Masters at EPFL in Switzerland. During his Master programme, he completed his Master Thesis titled "Resonant switched-capacitor converters with Advanced Multiphasing". He possesses a background in power electronics, and his interest in this field led him to join the ASSTRA programme and start his PhD at TU/e in September 2018. His research topic focuses on advanced converter topologies, protection and overload capabilities of DC-DC conversion stage and the Power Electronics Conversion Unit. The trade-offs related to this protection functionality in the converter’s performance will be one of the main outcomes of his research.