AWARDS 2024 

European PhD School Award 2024 

All students are requested to present their activity during a poster sessions. Last year PhD’s and younger PhD’s with evident progress of their research activity will join the Monday Poster Session and participate to the European PhD School 2024 Award. The selection of PhD’s for the Monday Session will be performed by an internal technical commission.

Other PhD’s will participate to the Wednesday afternoon poster session, dedicated to the Young Award 2024. 

All PhD students have to send the research activity document and a copy of their CV. 

Further details after registration. 



European PhD School Award 2019

Caniggia Castro Diniz Viana

Affiliation: University of Toronto (Canada)

Title of Research Activity: Drivetrain Integrated dc fast charging topologies for EVs

Poster: –PhD School Poster

European PhD School Award 2018


Giuseppe Volpe was born in Italy in 1991. He is a student of electrical engineering studying towards a PhD at University of Cassino (Italy) in collaboration with Motor Design Ltd. (UK). He received his Master’s Degree with honours in 2014 in collaboration with Motor Design Ltd and Loccioni Group. This thesis won the prestigious “G. D’Angelo” prize as most outstanding thesis of the year. In 2015 Giuseppe won a call to take part in a Marie Curie FP7 EDWTGT European funded project, spending several months at Shenyang University of Technology, China. In November 2015 Giuseppe began his fully founded PhD focused on the Innovative Design and Performance Prediction of Traction E-Machine for MotorSport Application, splitting his time between Italy and UK.

Affiliation: University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy), Innovative Design and Performance Prediction of Traction E-Machine for Motorsport Application (UK)

Title of Research Activity: Innovative Design and Performance Prediction of Traction E-Machine for Motorsport Application

Brief description of research activity: Alongside the road electric vehicles increasing in popularity, several challenging applications such as motorsport fully electric competitions are being born. Within the development of innovative powertrains, the electric motor has a leading rule. It needs to deliver high performance, be efficient and operate over dynamic drive cycles in which deliver peak performances for short time. High torque and low weight are the main requirements which translates into high torque per weight ratio. An innovative high-performance brushless permanent magnet (BPM) machine has been designed. In order to design the performing machine, several models and equations have been introduced with the aim of including 3D effects and high frequency losses. These new models have assisted with the machine performance prediction over single operating points and real racing cycles. It has been possible, therefore, to consider the machine behavior during a race and different circuits can be analyzed.

Poster: Poster2018_sito




Qing Liu_ 2016 – present: Ph.D. in Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy. Research topic: Nano Grids for Electrically Autonomous Buildings. Supervisor: Prof. Simone Buso.  2013 – 2015: Master in Electric Machine and Equipment, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. Title of thesis: Research on Reliable Starting and Precise Commutation Methods of Sensorless BLDC Motors.  2008 – 2012: Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and Automation, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. Title of thesis: Research on Torque Control Methods of Switched Reluctance Motors.Brief description of research activity:

Affiliation: University of Padua

Title of Research Activity: Large-bandwidth triple-loop control of the grid-connected inverter

Brief description of research activity: In the on-going process of renovation of the electrical energy distribution networks, new paradigms are emerging, for both the three-phase, high- and medium-voltage infrastructure and the single-phase, low-voltage utility grid organization. Referring to the latter, the nano- or micro-grid is attracting considerable interest. Where, applicable standards pose power quality and grid support function requirements for converters that interface energy resources of dc nature with the ac utility grid. At the same time, additional functionalities are also expected, enabling the effective integration of hybrid (i.e., dc or ac) micro-grids, able to operate both grid-connected and islanded. To this purpose, a novel controller organization is proposed, which is referred to as large-bandwidth triple-loop control. It allows interfacing renewable sources and loads, aggregated in dc and ac nano- or micro-grids, with smart power systems, providing enhanced power quality, stability and flexibility of operation.

Poster: 6-Poster


European PhD School Award 2017

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Luis G. Alves Rodrigues was born in Guaratingueta, Brazil, in 1991. He received the B. Sc. degree in electrical engineering from both the São Paulo State University (UNESP), Ilha Solteira, Brazil, and the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Electronique, d’Electrotechnique, d’Informatique, d’Hydraulique et de Telecommunications (ENSEEIHT), Toulouse, France, in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He is currently working towards his Ph.D at the National Institute of Solar Energy (CEA/INES) and the Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory (G2Elab) in France. His research interests include power electronics for renewable energy sources, DC-AC converters and wide band-gap devices.

Affiliation: Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory (G2Elab); and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA/INES) / Photovoltaic Systems Laboratory (LSPV)

Title of Research Activity: Design and characterization of high-power (S>250kVA) SiC-based current source inverter for photovoltaic applications

Brief description of research activity: Classically, the power conversion systems in photovoltaic (PV) domain are muti-stage voltage-based structures, which have some specific drawbacks as short lifetime and relatively reduced efficiency. In order to overcome these disadvantages, the Current Source Inverter (CSI) topology can be employed. The CSI could replace both stages of the classic PV inverter and it would allow the utilization of a 690V/20kV step-up transformer, focusing on a more efficient and standardized conversion system. Furthermore, recent improvements in semiconductors field allow the utilization of 1,7kV Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices, which feature outstanding on-state and switching performances. The main objective of this PhD thesis is to conceive and characterize a SiC-based Current Source Inverter suitable for photovoltaic applications.

Poster: posterPhDSchool_ALVESRODRIGUES_2017

Young European PhD School Award 2017

Monica_Crosa_foto Monica Crosa di Vergagni

Affiliation: Università degli studi di Genova – Italy

Title of Research Activity: Energy management, control and protection of Microgrids

Poster: poster_PhDSchool_Gaeta

 European PhD School Award 2016


Egi Nazeraj received his B.Sc. in Power Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and M.Sc. in Electromechanical Engineering in the frame of the BRUFACE program (VUB-ULB).  His Bachelor’s thesis was done at A.S.M. Terni, a DSO in Italy, where he developed an algorithm to predict the load diagrams based on information from smart meters. His master’s thesis was done at Siemens Industry Software within European project (ARMEVA) for developing advanced reluctance motors for vehicles applications. His contribution was to create a new methodology for studying Noise, Vibration and Harshness of a reluctance motor during a transient run up. He was part of volunteering associations as Engineering without Borders Italy and Humasol, where he designed PV stand-alone systems and solar pumping systems in Madagascar and Uganda respectively. He is currently a Ph.D. researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology (ETEC) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and at the Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI). His research is focused on design, control and optimization of Multiport DC/DC Converters for hybrid applications.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)-Department of Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology (ETEC)

Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI)


Optimal Design and Energy Management Control of Multiport DC/DC Converters for Hybrid Systems.


Nowadays hybrid systems are becoming popular thanks to the advantages of combining multiple sources. However, each source requires its own power electronic converter to be integrated in the system. Multiport DC/DC converters are able to manage the power flow of multiple DC sources with the advantage of higher efficiency when compared to single port converters. The research is focused on the design optimization and energy management control of the Multiport DC/DC. Special attentions are given to the trade-off between interleaved technique and SiC technology and to the optimal thermal management.

PhD_school_2016_Gaeta_Nazeraj (poster presented)