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Dr Saeed Jahdi

Dr Saeed Jahdi

Dr Saeed Jahdi
CEng, PhD, MSc, BSc

Lecturer in Power Electronics

Area of research

Power Electronics

Office 4.25 MVB
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 331 5011


My current research interests are investigating reliability and efficiency optimization of energy conversion in high voltage power electronics converters used in applications such as HVDC and FACTS power electronics in smart grids, electric vehicles drive-trains and more-electric-aircrafts power distribution. To this end, and in-line with my academic and industrial experience, I am currently seeking to explore prospective converter topologies which can best employ the advantages offered by recently emerged wide bandgap power semiconductor devices.


Dr Saeed Jahdi has received the degree of BSc in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, the degree of MSc with Distinction in Power Systems from City University London, and the degree of PhD in Power Electronics from the University of Warwick. Following his PhD and having published over 35 IEEE papers, he joined the HVDC Center of Excellence of GE Grid Solutions in Stafford, UK as a power electronics engineer working on GE's first modular multi-level (MMC) voltage-sourced converter (VSC) in HVDC systems. During his time in General Electric, he was active in different aspects of design and commissioning of various VSC-HVDC converters, including power electronics simulations, conducting operational and protection type-tests, project documentation and onshore and offshore site installation in the UK, Sweden, Germany, France & Italy to transmit renewable energy sources such as offshore wind farms in North Sea to European grids. After almost four years of gaining industrial experience in GE, Dr Jahdi was appointed as a lecturer in power electronics in Electrical Energy Management Group of University of Bristol. His current research interest is on investigation of reliability and efficiency optimization of energy conversion in high voltage power electronics converter topologies which could best employ the advantages offered by recently emerged wide bandgap power semiconductor devices, i.e. SiC & GaN devices. Applications include HVDC and FACTS in smart grids, electric vehicles drive-trains and more-electric-aircrafts. Dr Jahdi is recognized by the IET as a Chartered Engineer in the UK.

PhD Candidates

I am currently the first supervisor (lead) for the following PhD candidates:

  1. Yasin Gunaydin: Analysis of Dynamic Performance of Silicon and SiC Power Electronics Devices
  2. Juefei Yang: Analysis of Dynamic Performance of GaN Power Electronics Devices
  3. Chngjun Shen: Design of gate drivers for high voltage power semiconductor devices

I am acting as a PhD Viva Examiner in Electrical Power Engineering.

PhD Scholarships

Candidates interested in a PhD in Power Electronics may directly email their CV.

Departmental Roles

I am currently the EE department's academic lead for the 'Year-in-Industry' program.

I am also the EE department's careers and employability academic lead.


2019/20 Teaching: Unit director for the Linear Control Systems and Industrial Electronics 3 modules.

2018/19 Teaching: Unit director for the Linear Control Systems and Industrial Electronics 3 modules.

2019/20 Academic Tutor for the 3rd Year Group Project

2019/20 Final Year Research Projects Supervised:

  1. Evaluation of impact of silicon superjunction MOSFETs on performance of step-down converters
  2. Design of a Buck Converter by means of Silicon Carbide MOSFETs
  3. Design and implementation of gate drivers for improved performance characteristics of power transistors
  4. Investigation of different IGBT technologies for power electronics applications
  5. Analysis of implementation restrictions of Gallium Nitride power devices in power converters

2018/19 Final Year Research Projects Supervised:

  1. Design and fabrication of 230V/5V voltage converter


  • Power Electronics
  • Smart Grids
  • Power Converters
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Electric Drive-trains
  • More-Electric-Aircrafts
  • Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductor Devices

Selected publications

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View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system


Dr Jahdi currently teaches 7 courses:

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