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University of Idaho
Program Description:

One undergraduate course: EE424 Power Electronics. Addresses basics of power electronic circuits and power devices. Textbook is Mohan. Coverage is nearly all of Mohan. Spring semester annually. One undergraduate lab: EE425 Power Electronics Lab. Experiments in fundamentals of rectifiers, dc-dc converters, and inverters. Spring annually.   Three graduate courses: EE527 Dynamics of Ac Drives. A course addressing the fundamentals of motor drives. Textbook is Novotny and Lipo; material follows the text quite closely. EE529 Power Electronics in Utilities. A course on the fundamentals of HVDC, FACTS, and utility issues related to power electronics. Uses course notes. EE528 Understanding Power Quality. A course in fundamental issues of power quality. Oriented at the customer level. Textbook is Dugan, McGranahan, and Beaty. Coverage follows text, but amplifies it greatly. We have also presented this course on-site to industry customers. All our courses in these topics are available on "nearly live" videotape (one week delay from on-campus live presentation). Complete course tapes available for immediate rental or purchase. Graduate courses are on a four-semester rotation.   Recent research projects include the following: unity power factor, low harmonic power supply for laser printer fusing systems (IEEE PELS Trans. Dec 1999); series connections of power MOS devices systems (IEEE PELS Trans. Sep 2000); intelligent irrigation control (a dozen papers in Ag Engineering 1994-present); improved heat management for MOS devices (to be presented at PCIM 2001); converter for wind turbine generators (to appear in IEEE Trans on Energy Conversion March 2001); electronic converters and fast intelligent electronic protection systems for navy ships (work began in 2000); power supply on a chip (work began in 2000, first presentation at IECON 2001). We usually have capstone design team projects in power electronics topics for our undergraduates. Annually, we have from 2-5 projects that are power electronics related, one or two of which appear in ASEE or NAPS; such an undergraduate project won best paper at ASEE in 1999). This year\'s projects are scaled but fully functional TCSC, DVR, and electronic circuit breaker/fault generator that will become part of our on-site Transient Network Analyzer. Last year\'s projects were sensorless position determination for a linear actuator, unified instrumentation for hybrid electric vehicle, and power quality management of isolated wind turbine generator.

Contact name: Herbert L. Hess
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General contact info:

Univ of Idaho Dept of ECE PO Box 441023 Moscow, ID 83844-1023 Tel: 208-885-4341

Student body description:

We graduate approximately 45 Electrical Engineers per year. Nearly all go to companies in Idaho, California, and the states immediately bordering them. Of these, about 10 find employment in utilities, electric power work in the process industries, and in small companies that have positions of a power electronics nature.

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