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Successes With The Nsf Ccli Emd And Ccli Nd Grants

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Educational Research Initiatives at NSF

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9.1135.1 - 9.1135.8



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William Robbins

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Rajapandian Ayyanar

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Paul Imbertson

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Ned Mohan

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Ben Oni

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Successes with NSF CCLI-EMD and CCLI-ND Grants

N. Mohan, W. Robbins, P. Imbertson Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 R. Ayyanar Department of Electrical Engineering Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287 B. Oni Department of Electrical Engineering Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 36088

Abstract This paper outlines how a real need in teaching, in our case in the areas of Power Electronics and Electric Drives, was recognized and articulated. To meet this need, this paper shows how the faculty resolve, the departmental encouragement, and the financial support from agencies such as NSF and NASA led to a successful conclusion in revitalizing these fields not only at the University of Minnesota but in creating a community of schools where it has met with equal success. Although our effort is specific to the fields of Power Electronics and Electric Drives, this presentation is generic and can apply to virtually any discipline. Rationale for Change Power electronics and electric drives are enabling technologies, crucial for industrial competitiveness. The industrial scene is changing as many of the items discussed in these courses are becoming commodity items being outsourced to low-wage areas of the globe. Therefore, the role of our future graduates would mainly be system integration where control would play a key role, based on solid understanding of the fundamentals. The courses in these areas, however, have not changed in decades and fail to deliver relevant information in light of the current industrial practices. For example, power electronics courses fail to show the commonality between various topologies and do not include discussion of their feedback control, which is essential to their

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Robbins, W., & Ayyanar, R., & Imbertson, P., & Mohan, N., & Oni, B. (2004, June), Successes With The Nsf Ccli Emd And Ccli Nd Grants Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12761

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