WEMPEC Researchers win Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium best paper award

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and students won the best paper award at the IEEE/AIAA Transportation Electrification Conference and Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (ITEC+EATS) in Anaheim, California, in June 2022.

The team includes Bulent Sarlioglu, the Jean van Bladel Associate Professor in electrical and computer engineering, Thomas Jahns, the Grainger Emeritus Professor of Power Electronics and Electric Machines and PhD students Hao Zeng and James Swanke.

Power up: Little Free Libraries add solar charging to boxes

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison students is working to provide charging power to Wisconsin communities by developing high-tech Little Free Libraries. Powered by solar energy, eLittle Free Libraries (eLFL) are traditional Little Free Libraries with books, but combined with charging stations for phones and other portable smart devices.

Solar Little Free Libraries provide power to people who need it most

For many people who are homeless or members of underserved populations, cell phones are a lifeline; a phone may be their only way to keep in touch with distant friends and relatives, schedule medical appointments and job interviews, and deal with emergencies. Prof. Giri Venkataraman and PhD student Maitreyee Sanjiv Marathe took on the challenge, even organizing a hackathon at the UW-Madison makerspace they dubbed the Solympics, to generate ideas for a solar-powered public charging station. The winning concept was the e-Little Free Library.

Journal dedicates issue to WEMPEC’s 40-year influence on electric machines and power electronics

The April 2022 issue of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC). The publication, which received 143 submissions and published 55 papers from researchers in 19 countries, is a singular honor for WEMPEC, which is an educational and research leader in electric machines, power electronics, actuators, sensors, drives, motion control and drive applications.

Remembering Emeritus Professor Donald Novotny

Electrical and Computer Engineering Emeritus Professor Donald Novotny passed away on May 7, 2022 at the age of 87. Novotny was a highly-respected visionary in the field of electric machines, variable-frequency AC drive systems, and power electronic control of industrial systems, and an inspiration to innumerable UW-Madison students and colleagues during a career that spanned over a half-century.

UW-Madison project turns Little Free Library into solar-powered phone charger

The Little Free Library in Madison’s Lisa Link Peace Park on State Street has gone solar. A group of UW-Madison students have outfitted the community book depository with a solar-powered battery with ports and cables to charge cellphones and other small electronic devices. The project is part of an effort to improve energy resilience and bring clean energy to underserved communities, especially those experiencing homelessness.