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Erickson, Robert W Professor and Palmer Leadership Chair

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Research

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  • Dr. Erickson's research focuses on new approaches to control and convert electrical power with ultra-high efficiency, with application to renewable energy systems and other applications of electrical power. This research incorporates advances in magnetics technology and modeling with advances in power conversion circuitry to push the limits of achievable system efficiency. He has recently applied these results to demonstrate new building-integrated photovoltaic power systems that maximize energy harvest with complex building geometries, and also to demonstrate new power electronics architectures that substantially reduce the loss in electric vehicle drivetrains.

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  • power electronics and control, power magnetics, electric vehicle power electronics, photovoltaic power systems, medical applications of power electronics

Publications

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Teaching

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  • ECEN 2260 - Circuits as Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Continues basic circuit analysis of ECEN 2250: Laplace transform techniques, transfer functions, frequency response, Bode diagrams, resonant circuits, Fourier series expansions, and convolution. Recommended corequisite: ECEN 2270.
  • ECEN 4517 - Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Focuses on analysis, modeling, design and testing of electrical energy processing systems in a practical laboratory setting. Studies power electronics converters for efficient utilization of available energy sources, including solar panels and utility. Experimental projects involve design, fabrication and testing of a solar power system. Same as ECEN 5517.
  • ECEN 4797 - Introduction to Power Electronics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    An introduction to switched-mode converters. Includes steady-state converter modeling and analysis, switch realization, discontinuous conduction mode and transformer-isolated converters. Ac modeling of converters using averaged methods, small-signal transfer functions, feedback loop design and transformer design. Same as ECEN 5797.
  • ECEN 5517 - Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Focuses on analysis, modeling, design and testing of electrical energy processing systems in a practical laboratory setting. Studies power electronics converters for efficient utilization of available energy sources, including solar panels and utility. Experimental projects involve design, fabrication and testing of a solar power system. Same as ECEN 4517
  • ECEN 5797 - Introduction to Power Electronics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    An introduction to switched-mode converters. Includes steady-state converter modeling and analysis, switch realization, discontinuous conduction mode and transformer-isolated converters. Ac modeling of converters using averaged methods, small-signal transfer functions, feedback loop design and transformer design. Same as ECEN 4797.

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