One Health: UW Makerspace Makeathon 2023

WEMPEC is one of the co-sponsors of this year’s Makeathon at the UW Makerspace. Join in and develop a product or system that will mitigate the impact of escalating high temperatures on marginalized populations (those experiencing housing insecurity, individuals with disabilities, stray animals, etc.)!

Focus on new faculty: Lei Zhou is breaking down boundaries in precision mechatronics

Lei Zhou uses her interdisciplinary precision mechatronics research as a powerful tool for solving problems in various application areas, including semiconductor manufacturing equipment and robotics. With a systems focus, she develops novel and high-performance mechatronic solutions by exploiting the synergy between precision machine design, electric machines, and control algorithms.

Focus on new faculty: Jinia Roy is designing the next generation of power converters

Thomas A. Lipo Assistant Professor Jinia Roy, who has academic, government and industry research experience, is bringing a broad expertise in power conversion to WEMPEC. At WEMPEC, Jinia says she wants to continue with her wide portfolio of previous research interests and hopes to also work on the power conversion needed within electric vehicles. She also plans to explore applications where pulsed power technologies are gaining traction like laser, radar, and other industrial processes including water treatment and ozone generation.

Augmenting Microgrid Systems in Colombia

As part of her Clinic Electrification Project, which aims to create a free, open-source toolkit any NGO or rural healthcare clinic can use to optimally size a renewable energy network, or microgrid, for their area, Rebecca Alcock (Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering) and WEMPEC Ph.D. student Rafael Castillo Sierra traveled to Tezhumke, Colombia, to do a case study on how this toolkit performs.