Integrated Micro and Nanotechnologies
Abdelrahman Elhawash comes from Egypt. He accepted work at INL as a research fellow – MENS accelerometer development, Integrated Micro and Nanotechnologies Research Group supervised by Dr Rosana Dias. The main project that he will be working within is the uPGRADE project (miniaturized Prototype for GRavity field Assessment using Distributed Earth-orbiting assets). The project aims at the development, integration and preparation for the operation of a prototype demonstrator of a general-purpose CubeSat platform for commercial and scientific purposes, such as Earth observation, communications, land monitoring, support of distributed and/or fractionated constellations of nano-satellites and execution of missions in the cislunar and interplanetary space
He has completed the Bachelor’s program in Electrical Energy Engineering at Cairo University, Egypt in 2018. This was a 5 years program equivalent to a 3 years BSc plus 2 years MSc education according to the Bologna Process followed by Europe. The program was mainly specialized in computer, electrical and electrical power engineering. His graduation project was “Implementing a wireless battery charger for electric vehicles”. This project was the first of its kind in Egypt at the undergraduate level and thus received a fund from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and the Ministry of higher education in Egypt. Afterwards, he was accepted in the Nordic 5 Tech Joint Master’s Program in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering, study track of System Integration of Wind Power. The first year of this Master’s program was carried out at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the second year at Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His thesis’ title was “Investigations of wind power frequency support in the Nordic Power System”. He was working on coordination of the frequency controllers of wind turbines in the Nordic Power Systems which give fast frequency response during frequency faults that occur during power imbalances in futuristic conditions (up to 2040) when wind power replaces conventional power plants. During the project, he has worked with modelling the wind turbine mechanical, aerodynamic, electrical models in details. Added to that is the modelling of the Nordic power system and carrying out tests and controllers tuning and design. This included working on the control of the power converters and generators control to provide the needed power and working within limits and following both IEEE and IEC standards for the operation and the European Network of Transmission System operators (ENTSO-E) grid requirements and limits.