Power electronics is an electrical engineering branch employing solid switch to realize the energy transformation and transfer. As a typical interdisciplinary course, power electronics is widely used in many major industrial applications, e.g., motor drive system, electric vehicle, solar/wind energy, LED lighting systems, power supply, battery management system, smart grid, etc. Huge demand emerges in the major industrial applications for power electronics expertise, which requires the theory of power electronics and the real industrial needs to be combined tightly. Dr Kevin Bai, Director of Advanced Power Electronics Laboratory (APEL) received ~$500k research funds from OEMs and vehicle suppliers to pursue the power electronics research and development. He will use his research and industrial experience to demonstrate the application of power electronics in renewable energy and electric vehicle domain. His speech will also detail the research activities of power electronics in APEL, challenges of power electronics and what students should prepare for this domain.
All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend, and lunch will be served.