Pedro  Acosta

Pedro Acosta

Scholar Title

MIT EECS | Analog Devices Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

A Two-Stage Power Converter Based on Switched Capacitors and Piezoelectric Resonators




Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Research Areas
  • Energy

David J. Perreault


Power converters are essential for operating a wide variety of devices, with applications present in consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and data centers. As a result, there is a demand for improved energy storage devices for smaller and more efficient power converters. This research project will focus on producing a piezoelectric-based power converter for high efficiency and voltage regulation. We will analyze a set of potential switched-capacitor converter topologies and select the most appropriate piezoelectric materials for this project. After assembling and testing the converter, we will analyze its performance through experimental evaluations.


Through this SuperUROP, I hope to gain more experience in the field of power electronics. I am interested in applying knowledge from 6.131 and 6.334 (Power Electronics Lab and Power Electronics) in a long-term research project. I look forward to applying prior knowledge to this project and I am excited to participate in this area of research.

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