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.

IEEE Guest Editorial Special Issue: Commemorating 40 Years of WEMPEC, 1981–2021

In the 1970s, a small community of pioneering researchers around the world in industry and academia were laying the groundwork for the discipline of solid-state power electronics as we know it today. Near the end of that formative period, the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) was founded in 1981 by Profs. Donald W. Novotny and Thomas A. Lipo at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prof. Robert D. Lorenz joined the embryonic WEMPEC program faculty in 1984, bringing his unique expertise and passion for motor drive controls.

WEMPEC Celebrates Awards Season

Our campus and faculty have successfully completed a full return to normal teaching and research activities after implementation of a careful set of protocols to manage Covid-19. We are wrapping up the semester with cautious …