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

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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.

Join Us for PowerAmerica’s Monthly Technical Webinar Series Nov. 1

Dr. Yanjun Shi of Florida State University will speak about his work to design a control system for a filter-less grid-connected SiC inverter during PowerAmerica’s monthly technical webinar series from noon to 1 p.m. EDTWednesday, Nov. 1. Shi’s presentation is titled, Stability Analysis and Grid Disturbance Rejection for a 60kW SiC-based Filter-less Grid-connected PV Inverter.
Dr. Yanjun Shi received his Ph.D. degree in power electronics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China in 2012. He has been a research faculty member at the Center for Advanced Power Systems at Florida State University since 2014. Before joining CAPS, he also worked with GE global research center as an onsite contract researcher. He is the co-PI of FSU’s PowerAmerica project. His research interests include grid-connected power electronics converters, high power density PV inverters, high-penetration PV integration, wide bandgap device applications and modeling, and control of power electronics converters.
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Dr. Jon Zhang Joins PowerAmerica Team

Dr. Jon Zhang has joined PowerAmerica as Director of Power Device Technology. Zhang received his PhD in 2001 from the University of South Carolina, and has spent the last 16 years innovating in SiC power devices. Zhang is a world-renowned engineer with an extensive record of achievement, including a book chapter on SiC devices; coauthor of more than 75 technical papers and conference presentations; and the first inventor on 64 U.S. and numerous international patents with more applications pending.

Career milestones also include demonstrating the industry first reported trench MOSFET with dual buffer layers on SiC (2005), first reported 12 kV IGBT on SiC (2007), first reported trench Schottky diode on SiC (2009), first reported BJT with high current gain of >100 on SiC (2010), first reported 12 kV Gate turn-off Thyristor on SiC (2011), and first reported 12 kV optically triggered Gate turn-off Thyristor on SiC (2012).

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Dr. Zhang’s caliber join PowerAmerica,” said Deputy Executive Director and CTO Dr. Victor Veliadis. “He has an outstanding track record of accomplishment in power semiconductor devices and will play a key role in supporting the PowerAmerica goal of creating US manufacturing jobs through accelerated adoption of SiC and GaN power electronics.”

PowerAmerica Releases Annual Report

PowerAmerica has released an annual report detailing its successes in its second full year of operation, which ended June 30, 2017.

The report provides an overview of the institute as well as detailed write-ups of almost 40 member projects in the areas of foundry and device development, module development and manufacturing, commercialization applications and education and workforce development.

View and download the report here.