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Ali Bazzi, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transportation Electrification eNewsletter

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Ali Bazzi, PhD 2010 U of I (P. Krein, adviser), Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, was named IEEE Transportation Electrification eNewsletter Editor-in-Chief. This publication addresses four domains: Terrestrial (land based), Nautical (Ocean, lakes and bodies of water), Aeronautical (Air and Space) and Commercial-Manufacturing. Its main topics are batteries, advanced charging, telematics, systems architectures that include […]

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Olaoluwapo Ajala, Runner-up for the Illinois Innovation Prize

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The Illinois Innovation Prize, administered by the Technology Entrepreneur Center in the College of Engineering, is awarded on an annual basis to the most innovative students on campus. Three runners-up for the Illinois Innovation Prize each received $2,500 to further their work. Ajala’s research is focused on energy resource optimization technology (see research summary below). […]

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Zunum Aero – Start-Up to Reinvent Regional Air Travel

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A start-up co-founded by the Grainger CEME Associate Director, Kiruba Haran, is trying to reinvent regional air travel. Zunum Aero, the Hummingbird of the Skies*, is based in Kirkland, WA and focused on small regional jets powered with electric propellers. The company has received financial backing from Boeing and JetBlue Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of […]

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IEEE/PES/PELS/IAS GaN and Surface-Mount Soldering Workshop

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The IEEE/PES/PELS/IAS student group sponsored a GaN and Surface-Mount Soldering Workshop on September 9th attended by fifteen students (four undergrad and eleven grads) to learn the best practices of soldering and laboratory safety. Undergrad student Won Ho, who was mentored over the summer by Chris Barth, led the workshop. Students with little or no previous […]

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Illini Solar Car

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Illini Solar Car is a multidisciplinary team of students who design and build solar cars to race in cross-country solar races like the World Solar Challenge and the American Solar Challenge. These races allow students both to apply their technical knowledge to build a road-worthy car and learn soft skills in managing race logistics, such […]

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Illini Formula Electric Update

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The unveiling of the 2017 Illini Formula Electric (IFE) car was held in March at the Engineering Open House (EOH). Lan Li, vice president of IFE, reported that the team was able to drive and test their car with a great audience. Although they test their car each year at EOH, this year, she noted, […]

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Three CEME PhD Grads Author Microgrids and other Local Area Power and Energy Systems

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CEME PhD grads Alexis Kwasinski (’07) – Associate Professor and R. K. Mellon Faculty Fellow, University of Pittsburgh; Wayne Weaver (’07) – Dave House Associate Professor, Michigan Tech; and Robert S. Balog (’06) – Associate Professor and Director of the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research Laboratory, Texas A&M all earned the PhD degree […]

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Two CEME Professors Among Seven ECE Faculty Named Faculty Scholars/Fellows

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Associate Professor Alejandro Domínguez-García was named William L. Everitt Scholar of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Assistant Professor Robert Pilawa-Podgurski was named Helm Fellow of Electrical and Computer Engineering. According to Provost Communication #6, “Scholar and Fellow appointments are given to faculty to signify a distinction beyond that implied by a normal professorship in the […]

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Undergrad Researchers Win Best Innovation Award in 2016 IEEE International Future Energy Challenge

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The 2016 U of I International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC) team of undergraduate researchers, including Grainger CEME Undergrad Research and Leadership awardee Carl Haken, participated in the year-long competition and won the Best Innovation Award at the final event held in July in Taipei, Taiwan. The team’s goal was to build an ac-dc power converter […]

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