Power Electronics in the SUPER-Lab

Speaker: Juan Rivas
Affiliation: Stanford University

Abstract: Power supplies are everywhere from consumer electronics, to medical imaging systems, to military systems. Modern applications demand power supplies that are efficient, lightweight, and with fast dynamic characteristics. Conventional power electronic designs, because of their operating frequency, can be large and expensive if designed to meet high performance specifications. A new generation of power electronics based on very high switching frequencies is providing energy savings, reduced component size, and new fabrication options that can lead to low cost designs. As an added benefit, such designs can enable operation in harsh environments, space, and open the door to some exciting new applications for power electronics that will be discussed during the talk.

Biography: Professor Juan Rivas joined the EE faculty at Stanford University in January 2014. He comes to Stanford after two and a half years as a faculty in the EECS Department at the University of Michigan. Prior to starting his work in academia, he worked for the General Electric Global Research Center developing power electronics for medical imaging and aviation systems. Professor Rivas has extensive experience in the design of dc-dc power converters working at MHz frequencies. He has published peer-reviewed work describing power converters reaching up to 110 MHz switching frequencies using conventional silicon devices. While at MIT, he was part of the MIT/Industry Consortium on Advanced Automotive Electrical/Electronic Components and Systems, as well as a member of the team working on DARPA RIPE (Robust Integrated Power Electronics).

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Date(s) - Mar 28, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

EE-IV Shannon Room #54-134
420 Westwood Plaza - 5th Flr., Los Angeles CA 90095