Bahji Ballard is a PhD student at North Carolina State University studying under Dr. Hopkins at the FREEDM research center. He received his BA in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas where he worked under Dr. Babak Fahimi in the Renewable Energy and Vehicular Technology (REVT) lab. Here he developed a GaN half bridge module while participating with a team of undergraduates in IEEEs 2013 International Future Energy Challenge. Before graduate school he worked with a small power electronics start up developing energy harvesting footwear. His current research is focused on solid state circuit breakers in medium voltage and thermal transient handling in SSCB modules.