Prof. Jessica Boles

Jessica Boles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Co-Director of the Berkeley Power and Energy Center at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2022, where she led a research team focused on piezoelectric-based power electronics in the Power Electronics Research Group. She previously received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Her research interests span power electronic circuits, components, and control, along with applications enabled by these.


Boles is currently a UCB Presidential Chair Fellow and a past recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the MIT Collamore-Rogers Fellowship, and the UTK Bodenheimer Fellowship. Her work has been recognized with a Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics and multiple prize presentation awards from the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Research Conference, the MIT Microsystems Annual Research Conference, the NSF ERC Perfect Pitch competition, and the IEEE PELS Ph.D. Thesis Talk competition. For her leadership and service, she is also a recipient of the MIT EECS Department Head Special Recognition Award, the UTK EECS Student Leadership Award, and the General Motors Outstanding Women in Engineering Award.


Dr. Mustapha Touhami
Postdoctoral Scholar

Sourav Naval
Graduate Student Researcher

Tucker Skinner
Graduate Student Researcher

Wentao Xu
Graduate Student Researcher

Jiahan Zhang
Undergraduate Researcher

Brendan Kariithi
Undergraduate Researcher

Future Team Members

I am looking for new team members to join my research group at UC Berkeley, with skill sets ranging from power electronics to piezoelectrics/MEMS to fabrication. This includes new graduate students for Fall 2024 and Fall 2025. If you are interested, please email me with your CV and unofficial transcript, and include code "PZ571" in the subject line. Prospective graduate students must apply to the UC Berkeley EECS Department for full consideration; I cannot commit to advising students outside of this process.

Former Piezo Team (MIT)

Pedro Acosta

Joseph Bonavia

Elaine Ng

Joshua Piel

Babuabel Wanyeki