Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestruz at the Wilson Lecture Series/ECE fall 2022 Colloquium
Shattering Pre-Conceptions in Power Electronics
Sometimes progress ends before it even begins…When our point of departure begins within a pre-existing framework and we forget that it is only a model with many assumptions on what is possible. And perhaps history has distorted some of these and we think they are facts. In this seminar, I will introduce some unconventional schemas for overcoming pervasive limitations in (a) partial power processing in energy storage systems, (b) digital control of variable frequency power converters, (c) high-frequency current sensor feedback, and (d) multiple access wireless power transfer. I will discuss the hardware and models, the foundations of the theory, and share results from hardware and simulations.
About Professor Avestruz
Al-Thaddeus Avestruz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI, USA. He received the SB degree in physics with electrical engineering, the SM and EE degrees, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. His research interests include the design, modeling, and control of high-performance power electronics in energy systems, and wireless power transfer for energy, mobility, medicine, and the Internet of Things. He is the chair of TC1: Control and Modeling of Power Electronics for the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He was the Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2021 IEEE Wireless Power Week (WoW) and is the General Chair of the 24th IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL) in 2023. He has over a decade of industry and entrepreneurial experience, and holds 12 issued U.S. patents. He was awarded the NSF CAREER in 2021.