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MURI Program: Power Electronics and Controls Engineer

DUE is home to IEL and the CRL which is administering the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) both in the academic year and the summer, which creates and supports multidisciplinary research teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior staff and faculty. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide undergraduates a unique opportunity to gain research skills by working with mentors on real world problems.

Overview of department:
Research on wind energy and energy conversion through a new type of generator. Integration of energy storage with wind turbines. 

Project summary:
Design and build test systems for wind energy conversion and integration of energy storage in the generator. There are opportunities for engineers to contribute to the power electronics and controls of generator excitation and closed-loop control of generators. 

Specific tasks that the MURI student will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:

Each student will be part of the energy storage integration with the generator. A testbed will be assembled that allows for experimentally validate some advanced concepts. There are chances for multiple publications in IEEE Transactions. 

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the MURI student to have:

  1. Power Electronics
  2. Electric Machines
  3. Control Systems
  4. Hands-on Experience

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. Students will learn about the new wind turbine drivetrain concepts.
  2. Students will learn how to control power electronic converters.
  3. Students will learn how the closed-loop control of generators is implemented.