Power Electronics Design Fundamentals Multiphysics Approach for Cooling, EMI, Thermal Design, Wide Bandgap Devices


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Course Overview

Power electronics connects four subfields: electronics, magnetics, energy conversion and control systems. Using applications, examples and hands-on demonstrations, you will learn the basics and nuances.

Topics include:

  • Appliance power supplies
  • Cranes and elevators
  • Precision motion control
  • Renewable/alternative energy
  • Electric/hybrid-electric vehicles
  • Autonomous vehicle control
  • Smart distribution systems
  • Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS)

Course Outline

Review of Diodes, Semiconductors, Fundamentals of Power Electronics

DC/DC converters 




Buck converter quick demo 

Single-Phase Inverters and Modulation 

Three-phase Inverters and Modulation 

Gate Drives and Sensors 

Cooling, Layout, and EMI Considerations 

DC Bus Design Considerations 

Laboratory Demonstrations 

Resonant Converters

Multi-level Converters 


Thermal Design of Power Electronics

Reliability of Power Electronics

New Power Semiconductor Switches - SiC and GaN 


Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, Storrs,1988, M.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 1992, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997. At UW-Madison, Ryan worked in the WEMPEC labs on projects including dc–dc converters, variable-speed generation systems, and UPS inverter control.

Ryan is President of Ryan Consulting, involved in the application of Power Electronics and Controls, particularly for Alternative Energy systems. He has held prior positions at Capstone Turbine, General Electric Corporate Research and Development and Defense Systems divisions, Automated Dynamics, Otis Elevator, and Hamilton Standard.

Giri Venkataramanan

Giri Venkataramanan received his BE degree electrical engineering from the Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, University of Madras, Chennai, India, the M.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW Madison), Madison, WI, USA. After graduation, he was a faculty member at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA for 7 years and returned to UW-Madison as a faculty member in 1999. He has been actively conducting research in the areas of power converter topologies, microgrids, wind power systems, and utility-scale power electronic systems. He is currently the Director of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), Madison, WI, USA.

Thomas Jahns

Thomas M. Jahns is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Previously with GE Corporate R&D and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jahns has research interests in electric machines, drive system analysis and control, and power electronic modules.

F. Patrick McCluskey

Dr. Patrick McCluskey is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Department’s Design and Systems Reliability Division Leader.  He has over 25 years of research experience in the areas of thermal management, reliability, and packaging of electronic systems for use in extreme temperature environments and power applications.  Dr. McCluskey has published three books and over 150 peer-reviewed technical articles with over 2500 citations. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology, a member of the board of governors of the IEEE Electronic Packaging Society, a fellow of IMAPS and a member of ASME and AIAA.  


Bulent Sarlioglu

Bulent Sarlioglu is a Jean van Bladel Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin—Madison, and Associate Director, Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC). Dr. Sarlioglu spent more than 10 years at Honeywell International Inc.’s aerospace division. As a staff system engineer, he earned Honeywell’s technical achievement award and an outstanding engineer award. Dr. Sarlioglu contributed to multiple programs where high-speed electric machines and drives are used mainly for aerospace and ground vehicle applications. Dr. Sarlioglu is the inventor or co-inventor of 20 US patents and many other international patents. He published more than 200 journal and conference papers with his students. His research areas are motors and drives including high-speed electric machines, novel electric machines, and application of wide bandgap devices to power electronics to increase efficiency and power density. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2016 and the 4th Grand Nagamori Award from Nagamori Foundation, Japan in 2019. Dr. Sarlioglu became IEEE IAS Distinguished Lecturer in 2018.  He was the technical program co-chair for ECCE 2019 and was the general chair for ITEC 2018.  He is serving as a special session co-chair for ECCE 2020.

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