Balog receives 2011 Rutgers School of Engineering Award

Dr. Robert S. Balog Jr., assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, received the 2011 Rutgers Distinguished Engineer Award for his pioneering work in developing efficient and effective electrical energy conversion methods for use in the emerging field of photovoltaic renewable energy (solar energy).Dr. Robert S. Balog Jr. holding award

The award is given annually to a Rutgers engineering graduate who is considered a pioneer in his or her respective discipline. Balog received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rutgers in 1996. He later earned master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Balog's efforts have made an impact in the design of microinverters and ac photovoltaic modules for distributed solar energy harvesting and power-grid integration. These enable lower cost solar energy systems particularly suited for residential applications.

Balog also has developed and implemented a novel academic program, Power Electronics for Renewable Energy Conversion, a holistic, system-oriented approach in which students evaluate the current maturity level, perform analytical comparisons of current research and future trend projections for commercialization, in addition to studying the power electronics circuitry and controls needed to perform the energy processing and conditioning.

His research interests include advanced energy systems, distributed dc power systems with emphasis on local/distributed control, low cost inverter system for use with alternative fuel sources, auto-tuning coupled inductor filters, high quality PWM amplifiers with focus on application as an audio amplifiers, battery life management and non-linear control techniques.

Honors include being named a Harriett & Robert Perry Fellow, an Ernest A. Reid Fellow and an IEEE International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC) Fellow. He also received two Grainger Outstanding Power Engineering Awards. He was recently selected for membership in the External Body of the Hungarian Academy of Science.