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
June 11-13, 2019
Madison, WI

Power electronics is a critical technology that requires multi-disciplinary design knowledge. This course will teach you how to develop competitive products utilizing many core disciplines needed for power electronic design.

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.

Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Boot Camp
June 26-28, 2019
Madison, WI

Advance your knowledge in various power conversion technologies for the hybrid and the electric vehicle in this intermediate to advanced course. You will learn about architectures, electric machines, power electronics, and energy storage technologies and their application in this rapidly evolving, multi-disciplinary industry.

Upon completing this course, you will understand:

  • Hybridization levels and types (micro, mild, full, plug-in, and extended range hybrid vehicles, and battery electric vehicle)
  • 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
  • Subjects such as new wide bandgap switching devices (SiC and GaN) for traction applications
  • Turbo and super charging using electric motors

Fundamentals of Solar Power Plant Design
July 24-26, 2019
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.

Permanent Magnet Machines and Drives: Principles, Design and Applications
July 30-Aug 1, 2019
Madison, WI

This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of permanent magnet AC machines, including the basics and major topologies, how to design permanent magnet machines, and much more. Learn the various applications of PM machines, the fundamentals of synchronous machines and machine modeling, and the major PM machine topologies.

Analysis of Transients in Power Systems
Sept 23-27, 2019
Madison, WI

Why do power system disturbances occur? How do you find the culprit of transient events? Can you analyze the complexities of the electric power system?

Learn to predict the outcome of transient events on power systems.  Construct model power systems, apply transient events, and analyze the power system effects.  Design mitigation options and compare effectiveness of the options.

Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC)
Oct 7-9, 2019
Madison, WI

Learn about Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), including best practices and a building-block approach with application-specific examples.

Introduction to Power Electronics
Oct 28-30, 2019
Madison, WI

Power electronics connects four subfields: electronics, magnetics, energy conversion and control systems. Using applications, examples and hands-on demonstrations, you will learn the basics and nuances.

Topics include:

  • Appliance power supplies
  • Cranes and elevators
  • Precision motion control
  • Renewable/alternative energy
  • Electric/hybrid-electric vehicles
  • Autonomous vehicle control
  • Smart distribution systems
  • Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS)

Permanent Magnet Machine Design Boot Camp
Nov 11-14, 2019
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.

Fundamentals of Distributed Energy Resources
Nov 19-21, 2019
Madison, WI

Learn about Distributed Energy Resources including traditional and renewable energy sources, energy storage, impact of electric vehicles to power grid, microgrids.