WEMPEC Annual Review

May 15th & 16th, 2024

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Engineering Hall


The WEMPEC Annual Review is a yearly 2-day conference for WEMPEC members including presentations on ongoing research, tutorials by the WEMPEC faculty, tours through the labs and poster presentations by students as well as extensive networking opportunities.

Welcome to the 2024 Annual Review!

Join us for in-person technical presentations presented by our faculty and students followed by

our “open lab” research project discussion session.


Wednesday, May 15th

7:30 Networking Breakfast
8:00 Opening Remarks – WEMPEC Director Prof. Giri Venkataramanan
8:05 University Welcome – Prof. Amy Wendt, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research – Physical Sciences
8:10 WEMPEC Present and Future – Prof. Giri Venkataramanan


8:30 Transcending the Tradeoffs via Synergistic Electromechanical Designs – Prof. Lei Zhou
9:15 Hardware-Control Co-Design towards Over-Actuated Lightweight Precision Stages – Jingjie Wu
9:35 Flux-Modulated Machines for High-Torque and Safe Actuation for Interactive Robots – Laura Homiller and YiZhou Han


10:15 Removing Sensors from Bearingless Motor Drives – Nathan Petersen
10:35 Research Update – Prof. Dan Ludois
11:20 Designing and Prototyping a Doubly-Fed Traction Machine – Connor Akers
11:40 Varying Capacitance Machines for the Direct Generation of HVDC – David Skrovanek


1:00 Design of Electric Motors with Consideration of Critical Materials – Prof. Bulent Sarlioglu
1:45 Integrated Motor Drive using SiC-based Current Source Inverter and Dysprosium-Free Permanent Magnet Machine – Sangwhee Lee and Wenda Feng
2:05 Development of Fault-Tolerant Modular Motor Drives for Safety-Critical Applications – Pengkun Tian, Xiaoyuan Zhang
2:30 – 5:00 On-Campus Poster Session
4:30 – 6:00 Networking Reception

Thursday, May 16th

7:30 Networking Breakfast
8:00 Opening Remarks – Prof. Giri Venkataramanan
8:05 Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. Welcome – Prof. Susan Hagness, Chair


8:10 WBG Device Initiatives at UW-Madison – Prof. Chirag Gupta
8:30 Tutorial: Active Power Decoupling for Power Electronics – Prof. Jinia Roy


9:45 Impedance-Based Modelling for Power Converters and Drives – Prof. Giri Venkataramanan
10:25 Frequency Domain Analysis for Low-Frequency AC Transmission – Rafael Castillo Sierra
10:45 Guest Panel: Advanced Magnetic Materials for Power Electronics and Electric Machines –

Dr. Iver Anderson (Ames National Laboratory), Dr. Vincent Harris (Northeastern University), and Dr. Jian-Ping Wang (University of Minnesota), moderated by Dr. Thomas Jahns


1:00 – 2:00 On-Campus Poster Session
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