Thomas M. Jahns

Grainger Professor of Power Electronics and Electrical Machines

2559 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-5702
Fax: (608) 262-1267
jahns@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

One of the most exciting aspects of power electronics for me is the incredible range of different technologies which are critical to creating state-of-the-art power conversion equipment, including power semiconductors, switching circuit topologies, electric machines and actuators, digital real-time control, and sensors.I have research interests in all of the these areas, and I am particularly interested in novel approaches for combining new developments in these constituent technologies into attractive system solutions for real-world applications. My several years of industrial experience have convinced me that major opportunities for power electronics in key consumer markets such as automobiles and home appliances will be fulfilled only if the associated technology can be sufficiently improved to meet demanding cost and reliability requirements.The new NSF-funded Center for Power Electronic Systems (C-PES) provides a unique opportunity for squarely addressing these challenges, and I look forward to playing an active role in achieving its key research objectives.

Education

  • PhD 1978, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • power electronics
  • electric machines and actuators
  • adjustable-speed drives
  • brushless motor drives and generators
  • automotive and aerospace electric systems

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • ECE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • ECE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • ECE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ECE 356 - Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems
  • ECE 489 - Honors in Research
  • ECE 411 - Introduction to Electric Drive Systems
  • ECE 399 - Independent Study
  • ECE 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • Profile Summary

    One of the most exciting aspects of power electronics for me is the incredible range of different technologies which are critical to creating state-of-the-art power conversion equipment, including power semiconductors, switching circuit topologies, electric machines and actuators, digital real-time control, and sensors.I have research interests in all of the these areas, and I am particularly interested in novel approaches for combining new developments in these constituent technologies into attractive system solutions for real-world applications. My several years of industrial experience have convinced me that major opportunities for power electronics in key consumer markets such as automobiles and home appliances will be fulfilled only if the associated technology can be sufficiently improved to meet demanding cost and reliability requirements.The new NSF-funded Center for Power Electronic Systems (C-PES) provides a unique opportunity for squarely addressing these challenges, and I look forward to playing an active role in achieving its key research objectives.


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