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Hamidreza Nazaripouya has received the 2017-2018 Dissertation Year Fellowship. The program selects doctoral students who are advanced to candidacy at the time of nomination and are within one year of completing and filing the dissertation. The competition is held among all PhD candidates across campus. The recipients will receive a $20,000 stipend, as well as standard tuition and fees, supporting their fellowship year prior to teaching or research appointments.

Hamidreza Nazaripouya is a PhD candidate in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) conducting research in the Smart Grid Lab and the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC). He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran in 2007, the M.S. degree in power electronics from the Sharif University of Technology in 2010, and the M.S. degree in power systems from Louisiana State University in 2013. His research on integration and control of distributed energy resources and battery storage systems has led to multiple publications and patents in the field. His patented technology won the $50,000 grant award with him as the entrepreneurial lead to investigate the commercialization of the technology. Nazaripouya is an experienced power system engineer with industry background. In particular, he has worked for Entergy Corporation, owner and operator of power plants with approximately 30,000 MW of electric generating capacity. He has conducted several projects for utility companies during his education. His research interests include control and integration of DERs, application of power electronics in power system, microgrid technologies, Electric Vehicles (EVs) and battery energy storage systems. Nazaripouya has received several honors and awards, including IEEE SFV Section Rookie of the Year Award, and IEEE IAS and PES Presentation Awards.