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Electrical and Computer Engineering
2061 Rathbone Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
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Behrooz Mirafzal

Behrooz Mirafzal
Assistant Professor
 2083 Rathbone Hall
Research Interests: 
Motor Drives, Power Electronics, Sustainable Energy Conversion Systems



Ph.D. 2005, Marquette University.

Courses Taught

ECE 624 – Power Electronics

ECE 824 – Advanced Power Electronics

ECE 890– Power Electronics for Renewable Energy Sources

ECE 511– Electric Circuit Theory II

Research Interests

Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Converters– Fault Diagnostics and Fault Tolerance, Applications of Power Electronics in Motor-Drives and Renewable Energy Conversion Systems, Grid Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

Selected Publications

B. Mirafzal, "Survey of fault-tolerance techniques for three-phase voltage source inverters," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, (in press –available online IEEE Xplore 2014).

D. Ochs, and B. Mirafzal, “A method of seamless transitions between grid-tied and stand-alone modes of operation for utility-interactive three-phase inverters,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, (in press) 2013.

A. K. Kaviani, B. Hadley, and B. Mirafzal, “A time-coordination approach for regenerative energy saving in multi-axis motor-drive systems,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 931 - 941, February 2012.

A. Sayed-Ahmed, B. Mirafzal, and N.A. Demerdash, “A fault-tolerant technique for ?-connected AC motor-drives,” IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 646 - 653, June 2011. (IEEE Transactions Best Prize Paper Award)

B. Mirafzal, M. Saghaleini, and A. K. Kaviani, “An SVPWM-based switching pattern for stand-alone and grid-connected three-phase single-stage boost-inverters,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 1102 - 1111, April 2011.

B. Mirafzal, G. Skibinski, and R. Tallam, “A failure mode for PWM inverter-fed AC motors due to the antiresonance phenomenon,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 45, pp. 1697-1705, September/October 2009.

B. Mirafzal, G. Skibinski, and R. Tallam, “Determination of parameters in the universal induction motor model,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol.45, pp. 142 - 151, January/February 2009.

B. Mirafzal, G. Skibinski, R. Tallam, D. Schlegel, and R. Lukaszewski, “Universal induction motor model with low-to-high frequency response characteristics,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol.43, pp. 1233 - 1246, September/October 2007. (IEEE Transactions 2nd Best Prize Paper Award) 


Associated Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 2011-present

Technical Co-Chair of the IEEE IEMDC, Miami, Florida, May 3-6, 2009.


NSF CAREER Award, 2014.

IEEE Power & Energy Society Prize Paper Award (Published in 2011), 2012.

IEEE Industry Applications Society Prize Paper Award (Published in 2007), 2008.

NSF EPSCOR First Award, 2012.

IEEE Senior Member, December 2007.

Innovation Award, Rockwell Automation, December 2006.

US Patents

B. Mirafzal, and C. R. Winterhalter, “Integrated DC Link Inductor and Current Sensor Winding,” US Patent No. 8,373,952,February 12, 2013

B. Mirafzal, “Technique for High-Impedance Ground Fault Detection at the Common DC Bus of Multi-Axis Drives,” US Patent No. 7,751,993, July 6, 2010.

B. Mirafzal, and N. A. Demerdash, “Method of Diagnosing a Broken Bar Fault in an Induction Motor,” US Patent No. 7,081,760, 25th July 2006.