Four Electrical Engineering faculty members recently received an NSF grant of $100,000 annually for three years.

The NSF Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) in the Department of Electrical Engineering has added a domestic academic partner, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

GRAPES works with government, industry and academia to accelerate the adoption and insertion of power electronics into the electric grid in order to improve system stability, flexibility, robustness, and economy. It was founded in 2009 under the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program.

GRAPES currently consists of 16 member organizations which come from commercial and government sectors of the economy. Within this center, engineering faculty from the University of Arkansas, the University of South Carolina, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and now RWTH Aachen University collaborate with members of industry to develop new technologies for advanced power electronic systems, develop new software and tools for controlling embedded- and grid-connected power electronics, and to educate engineers who understand the power electronic technologies that are important to our members.

Adel Nasiri, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Lingfeng Wang, Associate Professor, Robert Cuzner, Assistant Professor, and David Yu, Professor, received initial funding to start a new I/UCRC (Industry-University Cooperative Research Center) for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems (GRAPES) at UWM.

In addition, six founding industry members– American Transmission Company, Eaton, DRS Technologies, M-WERC, S&C Electric, and We Energies –are each participating.

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