Welcome to SPEC

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Semiconductor Power Electronics Center
Power electronics innovation for a greener, sustainable and more efficient world
  • Power Electronics is the enabling technology for an electrified world, converting electric energy from one form to the other, from a few watts to 100s MW
  • SPEC at UT Austin is a center of excellence with strong industry guidance
    • Educate and train world class students
    • Perform and publish world-class research
    • Design, build, and test first-of-a-kind devices and systems
    • World class facility accessible by industry
    • Technology transfer to industry ‒ Spinout companies
    • Provide advice to the government
    • Educating the public through demonstration and pilot project
  • Industry supports SPEC typically in the following three way
    • Sponsor a SPEC fellowship (typically $60k/per year)
    • Sponsor a contract research with defined milestones and budget
    • Joint proposal to government (NSF, DOE, Arpa-E etc.)
OPALRT 21st Conference

Professor Alex Huang served as a panelist in the OPAL-RT'S 13th Conference on Real-Time Simulation

Sep 2021: Professor Alex Huang served as a panelist in the OPAL-RT'S 13th Conference on Real-Time Simulation. The panel focused on "Validation of Power Electronic Industrial Applications through HIL". Other panelists are Dr. Mathieu Giroux, Dr. Hamish Laird , Dr. Ilknur Colak and Dr. Geraldo Nojima.

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SPEC Student Pengkun Liu's Defense

Jul 2021: SPEC congratulates Pengkun Liu for successfully defending his Ph.D. His thesis title is "Modeling and analysis of paralleled SiC MOSFETs for multi-chip power module". His committee members include Alex Huang, Surya Santoso, Alex Hanson, Robert Hebner, Johan Strydom

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SPEC Student Soumik Sen's Defense

Jun 2021: SPEC congratulates Soumik Sen for successfully defending his Ph.D. His thesis title is "Medium Voltage Extreme Fast Charger based on Novel Medium Voltage SiC Power Devices". His committee members include Alex Huang, Alex Hanson, Robert Hebner, Xianyong Feng, Surya Santoso.