Pedro Peña is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park with degree specializations in Power and Controls.
Pedro is a recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) fellowship for his graduate studies. He completed three semesters of undergraduate research on photovoltaics and energy harvesting methods with the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics. Pedro has held four internships with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation working as part of the Systems Integration and Tests team to design, construct and test autonomous electronic defense system. He has also held an internship with the U.S Department of Energy where he worked on a project to retrofit a 50 kW photovoltaic system.
Pedro’s research topics at the Power Electronics, Energy Harvesting and Renewable Energies Laboratory (PEHREL) involve signal communication for a real time energy management system and highly efficient on-board charger design for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. His research interests include power electronics, controls, and renewable energy.