Welcome to SPEC


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 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.)


Liqi Zhang Defense

SPEC Student Liqi Zhang's Defense

Jun 2020: SPEC congratulates Liqi Zhang for successfully defending his Ph.D. His thesis title is "Development of Novel Medium Voltage SiC Power Switch".


T&D World Magazine - SPEC Publication

Apr 2020: SPEC has a recent online publication with T&D World Magazine. The article, "Grid Forming Photovoltaic Synchronous Generator Power Plants" can be accessed online. The article discusses how "the proposed GFM PVSG concept can transform today's GFL PV plants into GFM PV plants, thereby offering a cost-effective approach forward."


SPEC Student Xin Zhao's Defense

Apr 2020: SPEC congratulates Xin Zhao for successfully defending his Ph.D. His thesis title is "A Scalable and Plug-and-Play Solid-State Transformer based on Input-Series-Output-Parallel Architecture".