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Nathan Brooks and Zichao Ye Win Best Paper Awards at IEEE COMPEL 2017

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Nathan Charles Brooks and Zichao Ye, advisees of associate professor Robert Pilawa-Podgurski, each received a best paper award at the 2017 IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL) hosted by Stanford University. COMPEL consists of keynote speeches, workshops, lectures and individual submissions and is known for renowned researchers in the field of power […]

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NASA 2017 Annual Review on More Electric Aircraft

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Illinois professors and graduate students are collaborating with NASA to help more-electric aircraft take flight. This means that electric machines and power electronics must have both ultra-high efficiency and be lightweight in the 1 MW power class. Prof. Haran and his team of graduate students presented results from recent spin tests, manufacturing insights, loss validation […]

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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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