In 1984 I had the honor of traveling around Europe with the great Rudy Severns on a new technology teaching tour for Siliconix. I was a young applications engineer and the new technology then was the silicon power MOSFET. Engineers were using bipolar transistors in their switching power supplies, and Rudy in his “Advanced Power MOSFET Seminar” pointed out the many advantages of … [Read more...] about Expert View: Achieving Higher Power Density With Good-Old Si MOSFETs
In the second part of this two- part article series, I would like to share with you my team’s experience and the lessons we learned by participating in the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored I-Corps program. The eight weeks we spent in the program’s first cohort at the University of Central Florida (UCF) ultimately led to the establishment of my third spin-off company, … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur Viewpoint: Academic Entrepreneurship: The NSF I-Corps Program—Case Study Part II
Inductors and transformers are vital to most every switch mode power converter. Inductors store and release energy as the switching cycle progresses. Transformers con- vert voltages and currents from one value to another. Transformers also provide the galvanic isolation need- ed to make our converters safe. Yes, I know that switched capacitor converters are developing rapidly … [Read more...] about White Hot: Will a Computer Design Your Next Transformer?
There’s a certain magic happens when you sit down at a table and have the opportunity to genuinely listen to the stories, advice, and knowledge that those around you have to offer. As we begin to put 2020 behind us, it felt like IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) members could use a bit more of this experience in the coming years. A new event series called ‘Power at the … [Read more...] about Women in Engineering: The Power of Uniqueness: A Fireside Chat With Duy-Loan Le
Power electronics I must acknowledge has been a very dynamic and influencing ingredient throughout the journey of my professional and private life. It may sound weird, but it is true. My challenge now is to provide you with the when, where, how, and why that is true. It was Sunday afternoon, 7 December 1941 in the living room of my mom and dad’s house in Wood- side NY. I was … [Read more...] about Member and Industry Profile: My Golden Journey as a Professional Engineer