CPES is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center including five universities and more than 70 industry partners. Headquartered at Virginia Tech and directed by Fred C. Lee, CPES uses an integrated system approach to standardizing power electronics components and packaging techniques in the form of integrated power electronics modules (IPEMs). The IPEM approach will make possible high levels of standardization and will provide the basic building blocks which, in turn, are customized for specific applications. Each of the 5 CPES consortium universities possesses areas of expertise that combine to form a strong multi-disciplinary approach to integrated power system programs. These five universities are: Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and North Carolina A&T State University. CPES research is concentrated in the following programmatic areas: · Distributed Power Systems · Motor Drives · Integrated Power Electronics Modules · Integrated Packaging · Advanced Power Semiconductor Devices · Control and Sensor Integration CPES includes 27 faculty representing the five partner campuses. As of January 2001, there were 55 undergraduate students and 153 graduate students, including 90 Ph.D. and 63 Master\'s degree students, enrolled in the CPES program.
Provide PSMA Member Companies a resource to identify Educational and University Institutions, world wide, which have ongoing and active programs in power electronics. This will provide the Member Companies a source for attracting potential new employees and opportunity for possible partnering on Research and Development projects.
Provide the Educational and University Institutions an opportunity to promote their programs in power electronics to interested companies outside their immediate areas. This exposure could result in generating additional support for the institution from the power sources industry for ongoing and new programs. In addition the exposure will provide the students and graduates with additional options as they transition from the educational to the business community.
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Center for Power Electronics Systems Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA 24061-0179 Phone: 540-231-4536 Fax: 540-231-6390