Matthew Penne, a summer intern in 2017, is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Outstanding Senior Award. Matthew is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering under the supervision of the PI (Wei Qiao) and Co-PI (Liyan Qu) on an Energy Center project entitled “Development of a Hybrid-Electric Powertrain Platform for Off-Road Heavy Equipment”. Matthew’s Ph.D. dissertation topic is on Model Predictive Control of Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Motor Drives used in Electric-Drive Vehicles, which is related to the NCESR project.
Matthew has also been chosen as an IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholar for 2018-19. He will receive up to $3,000 for the current academic year. The scholarships are given annually to students majoring in electrical engineering who are also high achievers – possessing strong grade-point averages with “distinctive extracurricular commitments” and who are committed to exploring the power and energy field.