About Us

The Power Electronics & Drives Advanced Research Laboratory (PEARL) is part of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut (UConn).

The main research focus is on power electronics applications in electric motor drives, renewable energy systems, micro-grids, and the smart grid. Electric drives investigated cover a wide range of applications including plug-in, hybrid, and electric vehicles, and electric propulsion. Renewable energy integration is mainly focused on solar photovoltaics but covers several other areas. Efficiency, control, optimization, reliability, and real-time operation of most power electronic systems are of main interest.

UConn is frequently ranked as a top-20 public R1 research university in the US, and is also considered a Public Ivy school*. The lab has a very dynamic environment with several active research projects. Talented students interested in power electronics, especially electric drives, advanced control, fault diagnostics, and fault mitigation, are encouraged to apply. Funding is very competitive if available. Self- or government-funded students with research skills and established academic performance are highly encouraged to apply.

*H.R. Greene and M.W. Greene (2001). The public ivies: America's flagship public universities (1st ed.). New York: Cliff Street Books.


Recent News

PEARL is now a collaborator with the Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats Institute (RETHi) funded by NASA and led by Purdue University with collaborators at UConn, Harvard, and UT San Antonio! - February 2022

Zhe Zhang successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, congratulations! - September 2021

Pengwei Li just joined the lab as a new PhD Student from Chongqing University, China, welcome! - August 2021

One of the new research grants is through the CT Space Consortium funded by NASA - August 2021

PEARL is supporting a new research grant, more details to follow when paperwork is in place! - July 2021

PEARL received two new research grants, more details to follow when paperwork is in place! - May 2021

Leila Chebbo and Hani Sadek joined PEARL as PhD students from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, welcome! - January 2021

Jonathan Blake defended his M.S. thesis, congratulations! - December 2020

Muhammed Ali Gultekin joined PEARL as a new PhD student from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, welcome! - January 2020


Prof. Ali Bazzi

University of Connecticut
Electrical and Computer Engineering
371 Fairfield Way; U-4157
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4157 USA
E-mail: bazzi@uconn.edu