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.

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.

The lab has a very dynamic environment with several active research projects. New equipment is already up and running for various experiments.

Talented students interested in power electronics, especially electric drives and solar photovoltaic energy conversion are welcome. Funding is very competitve if available. Self- or govenrment-funded students with research skills and established academic performance are highly encouraged to apply.


Recent News

Weiqiang Chen defended his PhD dissertation, congratulations!

Arshiah Mirza defended her MS thesis, congratulations!

Prof. Bazzi received academic tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at UConn!

Prof. Bazzi received the NSF CAREER Award!


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