PowerAmerica Graduate Assistant Receives Prestigious Award

Megan Morin, PowerAmerica’s Education and Workforce Development Program graduate assistant and N.C. State P.h.D. student in technology, engineering and design education, has been recognized for her outstanding performance in her work for PowerAmerica and the FREEDM Systems Center at N.C. State. Morin will accept the Donald Maley Spirit of Excellence Outstanding Graduate Student Citation from the Foundation for Technology and Engineering Education during the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference next month in Atlanta. The award recognizes excellence in graduate-level scholarship and leadership potential.

“I recognized Megan’s talents when she was pursuing her master’s degree in technology engineering design education. I’m observing her become a leader in this field at a national level, and I’m thrilled she’s receiving this well-deserved recognition,” said Pam Carpenter, PowerAmerica’s Director of Education and Workforce Development.

At PowerAmerica, Morin assists with the Undergraduate Research Scholars and graduate programs, as well as program logistics and outreach.

Additionally, Morin is one of only six people nationwide to be accepted into next year’s ITEEA’s 21st Century Leadership Academy. The Academy aims to help technology and engineering educators gain additional skills to become leaders in their profession. Congrats Megan, and thanks for all you do for the education programs at PowerAmerica and Freedm!

Get Ready for ISPSD 2018 in Chicago

PowerAmerica invites you to attend the 30th Annual International Symposium on Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD) scheduled for May 13-17 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. ISPSD is the world’s premier forum for technical discussions in all areas of power semiconductor devices and power integrated circuits that brings together attendees and exhibitors from all fields related to power semiconductors.  Main topics include, but are not limited to, device physics, modeling, design, fabrication, materials, packaging, device reliability, and device/circuit interactions for both silicon and WBG semiconductors.  The program includes a full day short course, exciting plenary talks from industry experts, technical lecture and poster sessions, industry exhibitors, and a social program for technical discussions and networking. A number of short courses will be offered to registered attendees on Sunday, May 13. Our Deputy Executive Director and CTO Victor Veliadis will be presenting “Silicon Carbide Power Device Design and Fabrication: Making the Transition from Silicon” as a short course offering. For a list of all PowerAmerica members presenting, click here.

Tune in for This Month’s PowerAmerica Technical Webinar with Dr. Deepak Divan

Dr. Deepak Divan of the Georgia Institute of Technology will speak about his project to design and build a universal medium voltage DC converter during PowerAmerica’s monthly technical webinar series from noon to 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 21. Divan’s presentation is titled, “5 kV DC to LV DC or 3 Phase AC Microgrid Power Conditioning Modules.”


Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids and distributed control of power systems. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. Read his full biography here.

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The Creators of the Teen Choice Awards and Manufacturing USA present the Manufacturing Innovation Award as part of the inaugural Science + Innovation Awards

Manufacturing USA is helping to honor the next generation of innovative leaders through partnering with the Creators of the Teen Choice awards in an all new, first-of-its-kind Science + Innovation Awards. We need your help in nominating those rising stars already positively impacting their communities through what they make!

The creators of the Teen Choice Awards have partnered with Manufacturing USA to honor rising leaders in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM)!

The Science + Innovation Awards are a multi-media, interactive extravaganza where pop culture meets science and technology. Featuring appearances by Hollywood’s biggest sci-fi stars and STEAM celebrities, salutes to the world’s coolest science icons, tech-infused music performances, and awards to outstanding young science innovators, the inaugural Science + Innovation Awards will be streamed live world-wide on April 15, 2018 from Los Angeles.

The future of manufacturing in the United States lies in the hands of next generation scientists, engineers, and manufacturers. By participating in the 2018 Science + Innovation Awards and Carnivale, Manufacturing USA pursues its mission to:

  • Demonstrate to rising leaders how their passions and hard work are shaping the future of the United States
  • Honor those scientists and mentors across the Nation that are actively securing the future of manufacturing through innovation, education, and collaboration
  • Unveil how cool manufacturing really is so folks across America will join the innovation revolution

“Manufacturing USA is proud to participate in the Science + Innovation Awards and Carnivale for its unique opportunity to reenergize manufacturing in America by showcasing innovative, world-changing talent,” said Mike Molnar, Director of Manufacturing USA.

Calling all innovators!

As part of this first-of-its-kind event, Manufacturing USA will assist The Science + Innovation Awards with selecting and presenting the Manufacturing Innovation Award. The competition will honor students and mentors that are actively securing the future of manufacturing by pushing boundaries, breaking molds, and making the world a better place through innovations in STEAM. Award recipients will be honored during the Science + Innovation Awards in Santa Monica, California on April 15, 2018.

Applications for the 2018 Manufacturing Innovation awards are NOW OPEN!

The Manufacturing Innovation Champion Award will recognize spokespeople, trainers, mentors, or educators throughout the country who demonstrate to the next generation what it means to “make”. Winners will be selected based on their leadership, collaboration, innovation, and impact in promoting manufacturing in their community, state, or across the U.S.

Click here for the Manufacturing Innovation Champion Award application form.

The Manufacturing Innovation Student Awards will honor those rising leaders 13 years and older who have contributed to the advanced manufacturing community through inventing new products, processes, or techniques. Winners will be selected based on their leadership and innovative ability to solve problems rather than the complexity of their projects or solution.

Click here for the Manufacturing Innovation Student Award application form.

ACT FAST! Applications close on March 11, 2018 at 11:59PM

For more information on the Science + Innovation Awards visit www.scienceandinnovationawards.com

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PowerAmerica at APEC 2018

PowerAmerica will have a very active presence at the Advanced Power Electronics Conference (APEC) 2018, scheduled for March 4-8 in San Antonio. If you’re attending the conference, make sure you stop by and see us at Booth #439. A number of our members will have booths there, too, as well as presentations. Check out our complete guide to PowerAmerica member booths and presentations at APEC here.

 Of special note is the PowerAmerica Industry Session, “Enabling High-Volume Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Manufacturing and Applications,” chaired by our own Membership and Industry Relations Manager Jim LeMunyon. The panel features PowerAmerica members from UTRC, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Microsemi, Global Power and Texas Tech. More details are available on the linked agenda.

PowerAmerica to Hold Annual Meeting Feb. 6-8 in Raleigh

PowerAmerica will welcome more than 150 attendees to the campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh for its 2018 annual meeting. This gathering of SiC and GaN power electronics professionals from around the country will feature tutorials, speakers and member project presentations. Read more about the meeting here.

PowerAmerica CTO Named IEEE Fellow

PowerAmerica CTO Dr. Victor Veliadis was recently honored with the elevation to IEEE Fellow in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of SiC power devices. Read more here.

Tune in for This Month’s PowerAmerica Technical Webinar with Dr. Fred Wang

Dr. Fred Wang of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville will speak about the potential benefits of high voltage SiC devices based converters in asynchronous microgrids applications during PowerAmerica’s monthly technical webinar series from noon to 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Jan. 10. Wang’s presentation is titled, Medium Voltage SiC-Based Asynchronous Microgrid Power Conditioning System.”


Dr. Fred Wang is a professor and Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and holds a joint position in Oak Ridge National Lab. Previously, he was a faculty member and technical director at the Center for Power Electronics at Virginia Tech and an engineer and R&D manager for General Electric. His current research interests include WBG device applications, power electronics for transportation and grid applications.

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Join Us for PowerAmerica’s Monthly Technical Webinar Series Dec. 6

Dr. Yilmaz Sozer of the University of Akron will speak about his work using SiC devices to design a high bandwidth power converter during PowerAmerica’s monthly technical webinar series from noon to 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Dec. 6. Shozer’s presentation is titled, High Bandwidth SiC Inverter for Motor Drive Applications.


Dr. Sozer is currently a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Akron, engaged in teaching and research. Prior to joining UA he worked 9 years in industry developing power converters and electric drives for automotive and industrial markets. Read his full biography here.

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PowerAmerica Issues Call for Projects

PowerAmerica’s 2017 Call for Projects has been issued. The concept paper due date is Nov. 10, 2017, with a full submission deadline of Dec. 22, 2017.

This Call for Projects is primarily focused on the manufacturing of SiC and GaN power semiconductor devices, wide bandgap power electronics architectures and assemblies, and packaging and manufacturing processes with the potential to improve performance, lower cost, and create U.S. manufacturing jobs. Demonstration of WBG devices in high volume commercially viable power electronic applications is desired.

Teaming between companies, and between companies/national laboratories/universities is strongly encouraged.

More details are available on the Call for Projects website.