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Virginia Tech
Program Description:

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.

Contact name: Fred C. Lee, Director
Department website: www.cpes.vt.edu
Department: Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES)
General contact info:

Center for Power Electronics Systems Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA 24061-0179 Phone: 540-231-4536 Fax: 540-231-6390

University website: www.vt.edu

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