I discovered power engineering my junior year when I began work as a research assistant for WEMPEC, and that passion increased after volunteering as the electrical engineering lead for the WiscWind team.
I took a power fundamentals class and discovered how complex and difficult effective power distribution is on a national scale and I was in awe that we manage to do it at all.
My interest in Power Engineering deepened after taking ECE 355. “This opened my eyes to the aspects of power engineering outside of electrical distribution and started my interest in power electronics and electric machines.”
My research at UW-Madison involves improving the synchronization capability of line start permanent magnet motors.
I wanted to to go into a field where I could contribute to technologies to mitigate climate issues. In particular, I’m interested in improving renewable energy integration with the grid, whether that’s by making those technologies fit in the
current infrastructure or
rethinking the grid entirely.
My heart was set on microelectronics, but after taking a couple of Power Engineering classes and reading more about
alternate energy and microgrids,
I developed a new passion.
Engineering has always been my passion. I love how the technology
is always changing
and moving towards the
goal of providing clean energy.
My research has focused on the design and evaluation of modular fault-tolerant electrical machines for aerospace. These machines are designed to continue working even after an internal failure, which is critical for safety in aerospace applications.
The deep expertise, excellence, passion and accommodating traits of the WEMPEC faculty is what motivated me to pursue my PhD at UW Madison while I work at John Deere.
I’m interested in the potential for renewable energy sources like wind and solar, and I’m
fascinated by the workings of
the electric distribution network.