University of Wisconsin–Madison

Short Courses

WEMPEC professors work with UW-Madison’s Department of Engineering Professional Development to provide many continued education short courses relating to their areas of expertise. WEMPEC sponsoring companies qualify for a discount rate on these courses.

Upcoming Short Courses

Power Electronics Design Boot Camp—Electrical, Thermal, EMI, Reliability, and New Devices
June 5-7 2018
Madison, WI

You will learn to master critical subjects for effective design of power electronics, like EMI/EMC, thermal, and reliability design and selection. Expert instructors in the field will teach you to analyze and control power electronic design. They will also expose you to new power electronic devices like Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices.
In this course, you will learn about:

  • The most commonly used power electronic topologies
  • Power MOSFET and IGBT Devices and Applications
  • Gate drive design
  • Capacitors in power electronic circuits and the effects of PCB layout
  • Wide bandgap power devices (GaN and SiC) and converters
  • Thermal considerations, design for reliability, EMI and the effects of high frequency switching
  • Control dynamics

And much, much more!

Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Boot Camp
June 19-20, 2018
Madison, WI

In this course, you will learn:

  • Hybridization levels and types
  • Driving cycles and fuel economy test methods
  • Traction motor and generator choices and pro’s and con’s
  • Critical concepts such as field weakening and fault tolerance
  • Traction drive power electronics and dc/dc converters
  • Batteries and supercapacitors for traction applications
  • Battery management and battery-charging systems including wireless charging
  • Vehicle dynamics, driving cycles, and torque and power performance requirements

And much, much more!

Fundamentals of Solar Power Plant Design
July 17-19, 2018
Madison, WI

Learn the design fundamentals of photovoltaic projects. Gain knowledge and skills from engineers with real-life experience in solar energy and electrical delivery fields. You will also understand solar plant components and PV modules; DC system and AC collector design; civil and geotechnical issues; and interconnection to distribution and the bulk power grid.

Dynamics and Control of AC Drives
July 30-Aug 2, 2018
Madison, WI

Applying a fundamental knowledge of power conversion and AC machine theory to learn new skills.  Specifically, this course will teach you:

  • The principles of modern AC drives, including PM, induction PM, and reluctance machines
  • The modes of interaction between ac motors and power conversion systems, including dynamic stability issues
  • How to control ac machines, including the principles of field orientation and direct torque control
  • How to model and simulate ac motor/drive systems
  • How to use modern control theory to design controllers that minimize or eliminate dynamic interactions in drive systems
  • The performance of sensorless control methods for ac drives
  • The causes and mitigation of drive-induced machine bearing currents and insulation stress
  • The operation and control of regenerative drives and converters

Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC)
Oct 9-11, 2018
Madison, WI


  • Get an introduction to electromagnetic interference and compatibility (EMI/EMC)
  • Learn the different noise coupling mechanisms
  • Understand conducted emissions and susceptibility
  • Understand radiated emissions and susceptibility
  • Learn EMI filter design and other mitigating solutions
  • Understand circuit board layout and mechanical packaging considerations for EMI/EMC compliant designs
  • Understand differential and common mode current paths and mitigating techniques
  • Learn bonding, lightning, shielding for total solution of product and system design
  • Explore simulation and analysis for EMI/EMC
  • Become familiar with specifications, standards, and testing including DO 160
  • Learn application of EMI/EMC to power electronic drives
  • Learn best practices for many EMI/EMC subjects

Permanent Magnet Machine Design Bootcamp
Nov 13-16, 2018
Madison, WI

Permanent magnet (PM) electrical machine design is one of the most important skill sets needed to stay competitive in the motors and generators industry. This intensive course covers the design of several types of PM machines, including internal PM, surface PM, and brushless DC machines. You will gain essential information on the various types of PM machines used in traction motors, industrial motors, aerospace motors, appliance motors, and generator designs.

  • Learn the detailed design equations of surface permanent magnet (PM), internal PM, brushless DC machine, and PM assisted synchronous machines
  • Review PM machine applications and tear down studies
  • Learn the finite elements of PM machines
  • Review cooling, vibration, and manufacturing qualities of PM machines
  • Learn the types and characteristics of permanent magnets
  • Understand recent advancements and trends in permanent magnet technology
  • Compare pros and cons of each permanent magnet type for PM machines
  • Study equivalent circuits for permanent magnets
  • Review special topics on axial flux PM machines and PM flux switching machines
  • Understand PM machine design for loss minimization and self-sensing