DEIS Fellowships

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society fellowship is awarded to IEEE DEIS members pursuing graduate research in the area of insulating materials, breakdown, charge transport, electrostatic phenomena, high voltage effects and related subjects.

2014 IEEE DEIS Fellows:


Myriam Koch was born in Germany in 1984. She received her diploma in electrical engineering in 2010 from RWTH Aachen, Germany. Since 2011 she is a PhD student at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, working at the high voltage laboratory. Her research focuses on partial discharge and breakdown mechanisms in electronegative gases in the context of SF6 replacement.

Research Proposal: Determination of Partial Discharge Inception Level with Pulsed X-Ray








Christian Siket was born in 1986 in Linz, Austria. In 2012 he received his Diploma in Engineering Physics, at the Department of Soft Matter Physics ( ) of the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Currently, he is working on his Ph.D. on the fabrication and structuring of thin insulating oxide layers and their application in flexible electronic circuits. In the frame of his interdisciplinary Ph.D. work between chemistry, physics and electrical engineering he closely collaborates with the Department for Chemical Technology of Inorganic Materials ( ).

Research Proposal: Patterned High-K Metal Oxide Dielectric Films for Plastic Electronic Circuits





Andrew Fierro

Andrew Fierro was born in Odessa, Texas in 1986.  He obtained his B.S. degree in Computer Science in 2009 and his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2011 on the topic of dielectric surface flashover.  Andrew is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree as a member of the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics research group at Texas Tech University.  His research is focused on the investigation of pulsed, low-temperature plasma formation by experimental and simulation techniques.

Research Proposal: Investigation of Pulsed Low-Temperature Plasma Through Two-Photon Laser-Induced Fluorescence and GPU-Accelerated Simulation Techniques




2012-2013 IEEE DEIS Fellows:











Peng Wang was born in Heze, Shandong, China, on October 23, 1982. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in 2004 and 2007 respectively, both from Southwest Jiaotong University, China. Since 2010, he started to pursue the Ph.D. degree in the School of Electrical Engineering of Southwest Jiaotong University. Currently, he is working as a visiting Ph.D. student in Bologna University, Italy. His research interests include the physics of partial discharges, reliability of electrical systems and partial discharge measurement at different voltage conditions.

Influencing Factors on the Lifetime of Turn-to-Turn Insulation for Type II Inverter-Fed Motors at Repetitive Square Voltages: 1-Research proposal












Refat Atef Ghunem (S’11) was born in Damascus, Syria in 1986. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He is currently a Ph.D. degree candidate at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. From 2008 until 2010, he worked as an electrical engineer in the maintenance division at the Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO). His research interests include polymeric materials for outdoor HVDC as well as condition monitoring and electrical insulation diagnostics.

A Study of the Direct Current Erosion Mechanism of Poymetric Materials: 2012 DEIS fellowship proposal final Refat











Scott Harris was born on 12 September 1972, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He studied Physics and Mathematics at Old Dominion University, Virginia where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1996. He studied Physics at Central Michigan University and received a Master of Science degree in 2012. He is currently a student in the Science of Advanced Materials PhD program at Central Michigan University. His research involves investigating the electrical and electrometrical properties of piezoelectric polymer foams (ferroelectrets) including the gas pressure dependence of space charge deposition in these materials and the subsequent effect upon their piezoelectric activity.

Dielectric Barrier Discharges in Micrometer Sized Voids: Harris_Proposal










Yu Deng was born in JiangXi Province, China, on 23 April 1987. He received the B.S. degree from the department of electrical engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2008. He is currently pursuing the Ph. D. degree in high voltage engineering in the department of electrical engineering, Tsinghua University. His research area focuses mainly on high voltage engineering and outdoor insulator flashover mechanism.

Research on Electrical Performance of Icicle and It’s Impact on Ice Flashover Due to Morphology Difference: 1_DEIS_Proposal-DengYu-20120928-2












Yue Fan Du (S’2013) was born in Tianjin China, in 1986. He is an electric power engineering graduate student at North China Electric Power University. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from North China Electric Power University in 2008. His research interests include nanocomposite high voltage insulation material and condition monitoring of power apparatus.

Enhancing Transformer Oils Insulating Characteristics Through the Development of Dielectric Nanofluids: 2012_DEIS_GRADUATE_FELLOWSHIPS_YuefanDu