Daniel Ludois

Assistant Professor

Room: 2564
Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Dr
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: 262-8211
ludois@wisc.edu


Profile Summary

We live in a world that uses energy at an ever increasing rate. As a society striving to be sustainable and environmentally conscious, there is demand for high performance energy systems which utilize fewer resources. Of the various methods to deliver and utilize energy, I am most enamored with electricity. Electric motors and generators, or more generally “electric machines,” are a fundamental building block of modern society. In fact, over 99% of all the electricity on the planet originates from an electric generator regardless of the power source (wind, coal, nuclear, etc.) and roughly 2/3 of that energy goes on to power electric motors. Additionally, power electronics facilitate power conversion in nearly every modern commercial or industrial facility, home, vehicle or device ranging from microwatts to gigawatts.

Recently, my work focuses on a multi-facetted power electronics, fluid mechanics and electrodynamics approach to develop capacitive (rather than inductive) electrical and electromechanical power conversion devices. Applications include wind turbines, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, aerospace, energy storage and infrastructure. My group uses extensive analytical and computer based analysis to design and construct laboratory prototypes for model validation.

Education

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 2012, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering 2008, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Physics 2006, Bradley University

Research Interests

  • Power electronics
  • Electric machines
  • Non-contact power transfer
  • Sustainable engineering technologies and practices

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Personal Statement

We live in a world that uses energy at an ever increasing rate. As a society striving to be sustainable and environmentally conscious, there is demand for high performance energy systems which utilize fewer resources. Of the various methods to deliver and utilize energy, I am most enamored with electricity. Electric motors and generators, or more generally “electric machines,” are a fundamental building block of modern society. In fact, over 99% of all the electricity on the planet originates from an electric generator regardless of the power source (wind, coal, nuclear, etc.) and roughly 2/3 of that energy goes on to power electric motors. Additionally, power electronics facilitate power conversion in nearly every modern commercial or industrial facility, home, vehicle or device ranging from microwatts to gigawatts.

Recently, my work focuses on a multi-facetted power electronics, fluid mechanics and electrodynamics approach to develop capacitive (rather than inductive) electrical and electromechanical power conversion devices. Applications include wind turbines, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, aerospace, energy storage and infrastructure. My group uses extensive analytical and computer based analysis to design and construct laboratory prototypes for model validation

Courses

Summer 2016

  • ECE 699 - Advanced Independent Study

  • ECE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • ECE 411 - Introduction to Electric Drive Systems
  • ECE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • ECE 601 - Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • EMA 890 - Pre-Dissertator Research
  • ECE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ECE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • ECE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • EMA 890 - Pre-Dissertator Research
  • Profile Summary

    We live in a world that uses energy at an ever increasing rate. As a society striving to be sustainable and environmentally conscious, there is demand for high performance energy systems which utilize fewer resources. Of the various methods to deliver and utilize energy, I am most enamored with electricity. Electric motors and generators, or more generally “electric machines,” are a fundamental building block of modern society. In fact, over 99% of all the electricity on the planet originates from an electric generator regardless of the power source (wind, coal, nuclear, etc.) and roughly 2/3 of that energy goes on to power electric motors. Additionally, power electronics facilitate power conversion in nearly every modern commercial or industrial facility, home, vehicle or device ranging from microwatts to gigawatts.

    Recently, my work focuses on a multi-facetted power electronics, fluid mechanics and electrodynamics approach to develop capacitive (rather than inductive) electrical and electromechanical power conversion devices. Applications include wind turbines, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, aerospace, energy storage and infrastructure. My group uses extensive analytical and computer based analysis to design and construct laboratory prototypes for model validation.


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