Richard Y. Zhang

I am a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, advised by Prof. Jacob K. White and Prof. John G. Kassakian. I am a member of the Computational Prototyping Group (CPG), the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronics Systems (LEES), and the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE).

Research Interests

Open-Source Software

Please email me if you find a bug in my code. All of the software below are released under the BSD 2-Clause License. Feel free to use the code however you like, but remember that there are no warranties, expressed or implied.


  1. R.Y. Zhang, A.-T. Avestruz, J.K. White, S.B. Leeb, Optimizing Filter Snubbers using Bilinear Matrix Inequalities. To appear at COMPEL 2015, Jul 12-15, Vancouver, BC.
  2. J. Elizondo, R.Y. Zhang, J.K. White, J.L. Kirtley, Robust Small Signal Stability for Microgrids under Uncertainty. To appear at PEDG 2015, Jun 22-25, Aachen, Germany. [Preprint]
  3. R.Y. Zhang, J.K. White, Toeplitz-plus-Hankel Matrix Completion for Fast Interconnect Analysis on General Substrates. In review. [Preprint]
  4. Y. He, R.Y. Zhang, J.G. Kassakian, An energy-based method for the assessment of battery and ultracapacitor in pulse load applications. Paper presented at APEC 2015, Mar 15-19, Charlotte, NC. Outstanding Presentation Award.
  1. R.Y. Zhang, J.K. White, J.G. Kassakian, Fast simulation of complicated 3D structures above lossy magnetic media. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 50 (10), 7027416, Oct. 2014. [Preprint]
  2. C.R. Sullivan, R.Y. Zhang, Analytical model for effects of twisting on litz-wire losses. Paper presented at COMPEL 2014, Jun 22-25, Santander, Spain.
  3. R.Y. Zhang, C.R. Sullivan, J.K. White, J.G. Kassakian, Characterization of realistic litz wires using fast simulations. Paper presented at APEC 2014, Mar 16-20, Ft. Worth, TX. Outstanding Presentation Award. [Preprint] [Presentation]
  4. C.R. Sullivan, R.Y. Zhang, Simplified design method for litz wire. Paper presented at APEC 2014, Mar 16-20, Ft. Worth, TX. [Preprint]
  1. R.Y. Zhang, A Generalized Approach to Planar Induction Heating Magnetics. S.M. thesis, MIT Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, 2012.
  2. J.G. Kassakian, R. Schmalensee et al., The Future of the Electric Grid -- An Interdisciplinary MIT study. Technical report, MIT Energy Initiative, 2011.

Teaching Assistantships

Community Service

Industry Experience