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An Overview of Existing Power Electronics Courses

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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25.4.1 - 25.4.22



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Florian Misoc Southern Polytechnic State University

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Florian Misoc, Ph.D., is Associate Professor,
Southern Polytechnic State University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. His research interests include renewable energy (fuel cells, wind, and solar energy), distributed energy systems, power electronics, energy conversion, electric power generation and distribution, professional ethics, and control systems (theory and applications). He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Dec. 2007, from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.; a M.S. in engineering technology, July 1999, from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.; and a B.Sc. in engineering physics and technology, July 1989, from University of Bucharest, Romania. He has taught the courses Power Electronics, Signals and Systems, Electric Circuit Analysis, Electronics I & II, Industrial Controls, Digital Electronics, Microcontrollers, Basic Electronics, Semiconductor Devices, Electric Power and Energy Conversion, College Algebra
General Physics, Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers, Statistical Quality Control, Introduction to Engineering, and Engineering Design. He was a Teaching Assistant in Electronics I & II, a Lab Assistant in Engineering Physics and a tutor. He has Industrial Experience as a Technical Aid: NARTI-Springdale, Ark., Oct. 1995 - March 1996; Tool and Die Maker: O&F Machine Products, Joplin, Mo., Dec. 1993 - Oct. 1994; Electro-Mechanic Technician: HPC-Maschinenbau GmbH, Neusass, Germany, March 1992 - March 1993;
Test Engineer: Mechanical Enterprise Zarnesti, Romania, Sept. 1989 - Aug. 1990; and Technical Aid/Technician: National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Romania, March 1983 - Sept. 1989. He is a memeber in the professional associations Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE), and Order of the Engineer.

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Jeff Wagner Southern Polytechnic State University

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A Survey of Existing Power Electronics Courses Offered at Universities in the United StatesAbstract: This paper presents the current number and location of academic programsoffering courses in Power Electronics at universities in the United States of America. Asurvey of Electrical Engineering (EE) and Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)programs has been done to determine the US universities that are offering courses of PowerElectronics with or without laboratory/practicum content, within their respective EE and/orEET programs.Data was collected from each university’s on-line catalog, and has been analyzed to evaluatethe extent of practicum/laboratory experience gained by EE and EET students in therespective US universities. Previous research has determined that the practicum/laboratoryexperience is instrumental in the graduates’ professional development, and it is one of themain criteria used by employers to hire graduates from EE and/or EET programs.Consequently, laboratory content in a Power Electronics course is directly related, andreflects the state of current focus of EE and EET programs in the United States of America.This research shows that laboratory sessions, offered as co-requisites to the PowerElectronics lecture, is a common practice at Tier-1 institutions and at institutions withapplied research requirements, while at most institutions laboratory/practicum content isuncommon practice. Thus, there is an implicit perception in the industry that graduates fromEE and EET programs with no laboratory/practicum component on the power electronicscourse are less competitive as compared to graduates where the laboratory/practicum isalready implemented. This research demonstrates the need of practicum/laboratory forpower electronics courses and, consequently the future available professionals that willsupport the transition of current US economy to an economy focused on renewable energy.

Misoc, F., & Wagner, J. (2012, June), An Overview of Existing Power Electronics Courses Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20760

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