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.)



SPEC Student News

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".


SPEC Student News

November 2019: SPEC congratulates Hanning Tang for successfully defending his Ph.D. His thesis title is "Design, modeling and control of a 12.47 kV isolated three phase power factor correction rectifier".


Japanese Researchers Visit SPEC and Discuss Grid Forming Inverter

November 2019: On November 18th, 2019, the Semiconductor Power Electronics Center (SPEC) hosted a delegation from Japanese researchers from NEDO, TEPCO, Chubu Electric Power Company, Chugoku Electric Power Company, Kyushu Electric Power Company, Kansai Electric Power Company, Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association and Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. SPEC presented updated research results on the Photovoltaic Synchronous Generator(PVSG) which is the next generation PV inverter technology that can provide system inertia support. This is considered critical for a renewable dominant future power grid. After the discussion, SPEC conducted a live demonstration showing off the 40 kW PVSG that can provide 1-2 second inertia support when there is a grid frequency change or PV power intermittence.