Dr. Robert S. Balog, Director
Texas A&M University, Renewable Energy &
Advanced Power Electronics Research Laboratory
Phone: 979-862-4985
Fax: 979-845-6529
http://energy.ece.tamu.edu/reaper
http://solarags.tamu.edu/

Biography


Dr. Balog received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA. He began his professional career as an Engineer with Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, PA from 1996 to 1999. He was also a Researcher with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDEC), Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL), Champaign, IL from 2005-2006. Prior to joining Texas A&M in 2009, he was a Senior Engineer at SolarBridge Technologies, (originally in Champaign, IL now located in Austin, Tx) from 2006 to 2009 where he was the technology leader for an ACPV microinverter and part of the team that secure the first tranche of $6MM in venture capital funding for the power electronic technologies that he developed and co-invented while at the University of Illinois.

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University and Director of the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research laboratory. He holds 13 issued and pending U.S. patent and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois. His current research interests include power converters for solar energy, in particular microinverters for ac photovoltaic (ACPV) modules, module-integrates and highly reliable Local Area Power and Energy Systems (LAPES) including dc microgrids. He received the IEEE Joseph J. Suozzi INTELEC Fellowship in Power Electronics in 2001, was nominated in 2009 for the Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award, was the 2011 recipient of the Rutgers College of Distinguished Engineer Award, and is an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Science. During the summer of 2012 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, where he collaborated on next generation photovoltaic materials and system integration techniques.

He is a faculty advisor to the IEEE Student branch chapter for the Industry Applications (IAS) / Power Electronics (PELS) / Power and Energy (PES) societies. He is responsible for installing the photovoltaic array adjacent to Kyle Field, which is used to generate electricity for the campus and provide data for research, teaching, and community outreach to explain solar energy to a wider, non-technical audience. He launched the website solarags.tamu.edu as an external portal for research, teaching, and community outreach for solar energy projects at TAMU.

2012 Growing Texas Conference


October 3: New and Emerging Energy Technologies, Making Solar Power Competitive

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