PowerAmerica Short Courses

PowerAmerica offers annual short courses in the form of multi-day training sessions that enable industrial power electronics engineers to incorporate and fully utilize the benefits of silicon carbide and gallium nitride technology in products and systems. The courses provide the basics of SiC and GaN technology, and participants gain experience through applications-specific examples and hands-on laboratory demonstrations.

The courses are aimed at power electronics applications engineers, power device engineers, SiC and GaN technical marketing professionals, and power electronics business and product line managers. Attendees can earn Professional Development Hours and/or Continuing Education credits upon completion. PowerAmerica members receive a discounted rate.

The next short course, scheduled for November 13-15, 2018, will be optimized based on feedback from the inaugural 2017 short course.

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See below for the content from our most recent short course.

Wide Bandgap Devices & Applications Short Course Outline

This course outline is from the November 7-9, 2017 course hosted at the PowerAmerica Offices in Raleigh, NC.


Enable industrial power electronics engineers to incorporate SiC and GaN technology into products and systems, and fully utilize the benefits of this technology. Earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) and/or Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon completing the short course.


Provide the basics of SiC and GaN power electronics technology. Participants gain experience through applications-specific examples and hands-on laboratory demonstrations.




Victor Veliadis, PhD | Deputy Executive Director and CTO, PowerAmerica

David Reusch, PhD | Executive Director of Applications Engineering, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC)

David Levett BSc. PhD | Power Electronics Design and Applications Engineer, Infineon Technologies

Doug Hopkins, PhD | Professor, North Carolina State University

Robert Shaw | Test Engineering Manager, Wolfspeed

Srdjan M. Lukic, PhD | Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Iqbal Husain, PhD | Director of the FREEDM and ABB Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University

Subhashish Bhattacharya, PhD | Professor, North Carolina State University

Elif Balkas, PhD |Research & Development Manager, Wolfspeed

Al Burk, PhD | Engineering Manager, Wolfspeed


$1200 PowerAmerica member

$1800 PowerAmerica non-member

Covers: Instructional material, break refreshments, breakfast, lunches, Wednesday networking dinner


Continuing Education Units (CEU)          2

Professional Development (PDH)           20

This IEEE Certifications Program is facilitated by IEEE Eastern North Carolina Section


PowerAmerica Institute 

North Carolina State University 

930 Main Campus Drive, 

Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27606


Contact us at:

poweramerica@ncsu.edu | 919.515.6013


Day 1: 8-8:30 am Registration

8:30 am-5:30 pm Class and Laboratory

Day 2: 8 am-5:30 pm Class and Laboratory

5:30 pm-8:30 pm Networking dinner event

Day 3: 8 am-12:30 pm Class and Testing Tools


Opening Session: Executive Overview

Power GaN Transistor Design Fundamentals and Application

  • Where is the state-of-the-art today
  • Gate drive requirements and considerations
  • Layout techniques for high frequency switching
  • Paralleling GaN transistors
  • Dead-time requirements
  • Thermal management
  • High speed measurement techniques
  • Design Examples

Practical Implementation of SiC MOSFETs for Power Converter Design

  • Si IGBT’s and SiC MOSFET’s similarities and differences overview
  • Gate driver design and pcb layout
  • EMI effects and control
  • Thermal design and packaging
  • Real world design example of an EV charger
  • Long term reliability and design margin

Introduction to WBG Module Packaging and Impact on Circuit Design

  • Electrical design challenges for WBG devices
  • Packaging processes, materials and design requirements
  • Advanced packaging technologies
  • Full design case study, design creation and hands-on lab experience
  • Common failure mechanisms and reliability testing
  • System level considerations of WBG power modules

Application of WBG Power Electronics: Power Converters, Electric Vehicles and Motor Drives

MV Fast Charger System Specification, Design Requirements

  • Converter topology selection
  • Device selection and characterization
  • System modeling and simulations
  • Control system specification
  • Prototype development and testing
  • Schematics and PCB design, hardware assembly and testing
  • Control code development and debugging
  • System optimization to meet the design requirements
  • Demos: MV SiC fast EV charger

WBG SiC Inverter for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

  • EV Powertrain system modeling and simulation
  • WBG EV traction inverter
  • Power stage, gate driver, and controller
  • WBG Circuit Design for high frequency, high
  • temperature operation and EMI suppression
  • Passive Component sizing and selection
  • System benefits of WBG insertion

HV SiC Power Device Characterization and Converter Applications

  • High voltage SiC device characterization
  • Gate Drive isolation, short circuit protection and switching performance
  • Power converter design considerations
  • High frequency magnetics
  • Solid state transformers and MV motor drives

WBG Power Devices Fundamentals

  • SiC substrates and epitaxy
  • SiC device design and fabrication
  • WBG devices roadmap and cost projections
  • WBG devices characterization: tools and techniques
  • High Voltage device testing lab tour
  • NCSU foundry tour