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group photo of CURENT faculty and graduate students at the ECCE power electronics conference

CURENT Power Electronics Students and Faculty Represent at ECCE

Power electronics faculty and students from the Center for Ultra-Wide Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) attended the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE) last week in Detroit, Michigan, the world’s largest power electronics conference. EECS faculty members Leon Tolbert, Fred Wang, Helen Cui, and Kevin Bai, along with power electronics graduate students, hosted a booth and presented some of their recent work.

The CURENT booth showcased the work of the power electronics group, with videos and prototypes related to two oral presentations that were given by Assistant Professor Helen Cui’s research group. Prototypes of previous work, such as that created for the Google Little Box challenge and a SiC-based on-board charger were also on display.

CURENT students Dingrui Li, Zihan Gao, Xingyue Tian, and Sadia Sohid gave presentations on battery energy storage system emulators, PWM strategy for cascaded H-bridges, GaN-based half-bridge power module packages, and a current sensor combining a Rogowski coil with DC measurement capability. Chancellor’s Professor Leon Tolbert acted as the chair for tutorial sessions at the conference, and Associate Professor Kevin Bai was a panelist in the ECCE 2022 PowerAmerica special session, titled “SiC and GaN Applications in Electric Vehicles: Current Issues,” which drew a large crowd.