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Hua “Kevin” Bai

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Hua “Kevin” Bai


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  • Office Address: Min H. Kao Building, Room 515
  • Phone: 865-974-4799
  • Fax: 865-974-5483
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  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2007
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2002


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Hua (Kevin) Bai received the BS and PhD degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Bai was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2007~2010. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kettering University (former General Motor Institute) as an assistant professor in 2010 and earned his early tenure as associate professor in 2015. He became the associate professor in CECS, UM-Dearborn in 2017. In August 2018, he joined Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville as an Associate Professor.

His research focuses on electric vehicle related power electronics, particularly on wide-bandgap device enabled battery chargers, dc-dc converters, motor drive inverters, battery management systems and second-life battery. His industrial partners include major vehicle OEMs (Ford, Mercedes Benz, VW, etc) and Tier-1 suppliers (Magna, Bosch, Hella, etc).

He is the associate editor of SAE International Journal of Electrified Vehicles and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification.

Bai frequently teaches ECE-325 (electric energy system components), ECE-481 (power electronics), ECE-585 (electric vehicles) and ECE-684 (power electronics packaging).

His hobbies include volleyball and tennis.


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  • Power electronics in motor drive systems
  • EV on-board charger
  • EV DCDC converter
  • Applications of wide-bandgap devices
  • Battery management systems
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