Prof. Jessica Boles

Jessica Boles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and Co-Director of the recently launched Berkeley Power and Energy Center. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering. Her research area is power electronics, and her interests span power electronic components, circuits, control, and applications. She is currently pursuing a new class of power electronics based on piezoelectric passive components to enable major advances in the performance, size, and cost of power conversion for a wide variety of electronic and energy systems.

Boles is currently an ARPA-E IGNIITE Selectee and a UC Berkeley Presidential Chair Fellow. Her work has been recognized with an IEEE COMPEL Best Paper Award, the IEEE PELS Ph.D. Thesis Talk Award, and multiple prize presentation awards. She is a past recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the MIT Collamore-Rogers Fellowship, and the UT Knoxville Bodenheimer Fellowship. She is also a past recipient of the MIT EECS Department Head Special Recognition Award and the UT Knoxville Chancellor's Citation for Professional Promise.


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.