Hrair Aintablian, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor
Dr. Aintablian received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University of Athens, OH, in 1994. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, he was a power engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, supporting the Europa Clipper, the SMAP observer and the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) projects. His job functions included the design, development and testing of spacecraft power systems/power electronics. He has also worked at Boeing in Canoga Park, CA as a power engineer for the International Space Station.
His teaching is focused on both theory and practice. While theory is fundamental to engineering education, it is not sufficient. He is a proponent of teaching students the practical aspects of engineering in order to better motivate and prepare them for industry.
His research emphasis is on power electronics and its applications to alternative energy and space power systems. It is highly important to optimize power and energy in emerging energy systems such as photovoltaics, ocean and energy storage technologies. Dr. Aintablian is also interested in investigating the challenges facing the health of the power grid due to the proliferation of distributed systems.
- Ph.D. Electrical Engineering