Dr. Brandon Grainger

  • Associate Director, Energy Grid Institute
  • Associate Director, Electric Power Engineering Program

Dr. Brandon Grainger is currently an assistant professor and associate director of the Electric Power Systems laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), Swanson School of Engineering, and associate director of the Energy GRID Institute.  He holds a PhD in electrical engineering with a specialization in power conversion.  He also obtained his master’s degree in electrical engineering and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (with minor in electrical engineering) all from Pitt.  He was also one of the first original R.K. Mellon graduate student fellows through the Center for Energy at Pitt.  

Dr. Grainger’s research interests are in electric power conversion, medium to high voltage power electronics (HVDC and STATCOM), general power electronic converter design (topology, controller design, magnetics), resonant converters and high power density design, power semiconductor evaluation (SiC and GaN) and reliability assessment, military power systems, DC system design and protection, fault identification techniques, and power electronics for microgrid applications.

Dr. Grainger has either worked or interned for ABB Corporate Research in Raleigh, NC; ANSYS Inc. in Southpointe, PA; Mitsubishi Electric in Warrendale, PA; Siemens Industry in New Kensington, PA; and has regularly volunteered at Eaton’s Power Systems Experience Center in Warrendale, PA designing electrical demonstrations.  In his career thus far, he has contributed to 40+ articles in the general area of electric power engineering (emphasis on electric power conversion) and all of which have been published through the IEEE.  Dr. Grainger is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), and Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and is an annual reviewer of various power electronic conferences and transaction articles.  Dr. Grainger is a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves as the IEEE Pittsburgh PELS Chapter Chair for which the section has won numerous awards under his leadership.

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