Faculty Experts - Pritpal Singh, Ph.D.

Pritpal Singh, Ph.D.

Pritpal Singh, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Villanova University College of Engineering

Area of Expertise:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Electric Engineering
  • Power Electronics
  • Optoelectronics (optical fiber communications, lasers, sensors)


The holder of six patents, Dr. Singh is an innovator in the area of solar and renewable energy. His breakthrough research in electric vehicle modeling, environmental energy harvesting, and the development of battery monitoring and management makes him a preeminent environmental technology source. Singh was instrumental in guiding a student solar energy research initiative that resulted in the installation of 24 solar panels on the roof of the College of Engineering's Center for Engineering Education and Research (CEER). The project, conducted through the Villanova Center for the Environment (VCE), is the first of many renewable energy systems planned for the campus.


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.A.S., University of Delaware
  • B.Sc., University of Birmingham, England

Selected Publications

  • A. Kabalan, A.DelCore, H. Norian and P. Singh, "Electrodeposition and Characterization of Very Thin Film II-VI Compounds for Novel Superlattice Solar Cells," Procs. 33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conf. (San Diego, Calif.) May 11-16, 2008.
  • N. Hubnalli Narayan and P. Singh, "Lithium-Ion battery/5kW PEM Fuel Cell Stack/solar Panels-based Hybrid Power system for an Unmanned Surface Vehicle," Procs. 43rd Power Sources Conf., July 7-11, 2008 (Philadelphia, Pa.).
  • P. Singh, "Renewable Energy Projects for Teaching Humanitarian Engineering," Procs. 2007 International Conference on Engineering Education (Coimbra, Portugal), September 3-7, 2007.
  • N. Hubnalli Narayan and P. Singh, "Optimization of a Lithium-Ion Battery Pack/5kW PEM Fuel Cell Stacks for Intelligence Mission for an Unmanned Boat," Procs. EVS-23, December 2-5, 2007 (Anaheim, Calif.).

Selected Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Instructor, Delaware State College

Selected Research

  • Low cost superlattice solar cell, January 2009-December 2009, PA Department of Community and Economic Development.
  • Hybrid Power System Design for Unmanned Ocean Vehicle, May 2008-May 2009, Office of Naval Research/Unmanned Ocean Vehicles, Inc. (Phase II SBIR).
  • Battery Free Sensor for Homeland Security, June 2003-Oct. 2006, US Marmy (Picatinny Arsenal, NJ).
  • Testing of Prototype Solar Roof Tiles, May 2004-August 2004, Solar Roofing Systems, Inc./Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

About Villanova

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