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Teaching the Hands-on Magnetic Design Laboratory Course: Experience and Lessons Learned

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2017 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting


Tempe, Arizona

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April 20, 2017

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April 20, 2017

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April 22, 2017

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Technical Session 3c

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Taufik Taufik California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Dr. Taufik received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with minor in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University in 1993, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago in 1995, and Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University in 1999. He joined the Electrical Engineering department at Cal Poly State University in 1999 where he is currently a tenured Professor. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has done consulting work and has been employed by several companies including Capstone Microturbine, Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), Picker International, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra Energy, APD Semiconductor, Diodes Inc., and Enerpro Inc.

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Magnetic components such as inductors and transformers have been used extensively in the practice of electrical engineering. Electrical systems ranging from small portable consumer electronics and large scale utility transmission and distribution systems utilize magnetic components. Despite their importance, magnetic components are typically covered in undergraduate electrical engineering curriculum from high level system overview focusing on their functionalities and their steady-state and transient impacts on electric circuits. This provides students with the necessary analytical and technical skills to perform simple to complex circuit designs. However, for many engineering companies most notably test and application engineers in the power semiconductor industry, electrical engineers are usually expected to possess the basic skill in the design and construction of their own magnetic components. Such skill is crucial in the prototyping phase as well as in the optimization process of the circuit design. The importance in providing electrical engineering undergraduate students with the magnetic component design skillset has in fact long been recognized by industrial group and has encouraged several universities in the US to introduce more applied magnetic design into their undergraduate curricula. To address this issue, Cal Poly State University recently developed a magnetic design course offered as a technical elective for electrical engineering undergraduate students. The course has two components: lecture and laboratory. This paper focuses on the laboratory content of the course. The five laboratory experiments that were developed for the course will be detailed in this paper along with the laboratory hardware modules and their expected student learning outcomes. Experience, challenges, and lessons learned in developing and teaching the newly developed course will also be presented.

Taufik, T. (2017, April), Teaching the Hands-on Magnetic Design Laboratory Course: Experience and Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2017 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, Tempe, Arizona.

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