The University of Minnesota Graduate School’s Best Dissertation Award for 2019 has been conferred on alumnus Mohit Sinha in the physical sciences and engineering category. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.
Mohit’s research bears tremendous potential in enabling next-generation power systems driven by power-electronics based energy conversion interfaces. In his dissertation titled, “On Decentralized Control of Power Electronics Using Nonlinear Oscillators,” he presents theoretical tools and hardware prototypes for decentralized control of power electronic interfaces on an electrical network. His work is particularly relevant in the changing landscape of power generation: renewable systems, energy storage devices, and electric vehicles are being rapidly integrated into power systems using ad hoc control control architectures. Mohit’s work addresses the situation: he has developed control strategies to enable self-organizing power-electronic systems. And beyond the specific problem, Mohit’s work has broad-ranging impact. His research contributes to advances outside power-electronics, extending to control and circuit theory.
Mohit earned his doctoral degree under the guidance of Prof. Sairaj Dhople. Supporting his nomination, he says, “Mohit has shown academic aptitude and ambition above and beyond his peers. While actively engaged in research on power and energy systems, Mohit has taken challenging graduate level courses. It is clear that Mohit has a very strong desire to learn. Given how power and energy systems research is technically diverse and requires a holistic perspective spanning many different engineering disciplines to make a truly lasting impact, it is evident that Mohit is well-equipped to have a very successful career.”
Mohit is currently a postdoctoral research associate with Idaho National Laboratory.
The University’s Graduate School recognizes top recent Ph.D. graduates with ‘best dissertation’ awards. The award is given in each of four broad areas: arts & humanities (including history and philosophy), biological and medical sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and social and behavioral sciences and education. One graduate student from each of the areas is chosen by faculty from the broad disciplinary area. Selection criteria are originality and importance of the research, and potential for the student to make an unusually significant contribution to their field. Mohit being honored with the award is also to be considered in the context of the physical sciences and engineering area: the College of Science and Engineering typically awards approximately 250 doctoral degrees each year, and each category of the Graduate School award usually has between 5 to 7 nominations. That Mohit’s dissertation was recognized amongst all others, speaks volumes about his work.