Workshop on Enabling Technologies for Future Electric Transportation, Dec 11, 2024

1:30-1:50: Aerospace Industry’s Transformation Towards Net Zero
Dr. Greg Ombach, Vice President, Airbus

1:50-2:10: Innovative Circuit Protection for Electric Transportation
Mr. Rick Busch, CEO, AEM, Inc.

2:10-2:30: Consistently Tuned Battery Life time Predictive Model of Capacity Loss, Resistance Increase, and Irreversible Thickness Growth
Dr. Anna Stefanopoulou, William Clay Ford Professor, University of Michigan

2:30-2:50: Direct Recycling of Electric Vehicle Batteries
Dr. Chao Yan, CEO, Princeton NuEnergy

2:50-3:10: Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles
Dr. Bo Zhang, Staff Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory

3:10-3:30: New-Generation Solid-state Batteries for Electric Drive Transportation
Mr. Kevin Zanjani, Manager, Solid Energies, Inc.

4:00 – 5:30pm: Panel: Enabling Technologies for Future Electric Transportation:
Moderator: Chris Mi, Distinguished Professor, SDSU

Panelists: Liwu Wang, Vice President, AEM

Chen Li, CEO, Goton

Alan Dulgeroff, Director, SDGE

Marques McCammon, CEO, Karma Automotive

Chris Brooks, Chief Scientist and Division Director.

Platinum Sponsor: AEM Components

Gold Sponsors: Gotion, Princeton NuEnergy

Technical Sponsors: IEEE & Cleantech San Diego

Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting of the Caili and Daniel Chang Center for Electric Drive Transportation, Dec 11, 2024

10:00 am – 11:10 am
Outdoor Classroom

Adrienne Vargas, Vice President for University Relations and Development, SDSU

Eugene Olevsky, Dean College of Engineering, SDSU

Bill Tong, Interim Provost, SDSU

Daniel Chang, Donor of the Chang Center

Rick Busch, CEO, AEM

Grzegorz Ombach, Vice President, Airbus

Kevin Wood, Voltaiq and Former Faculty, SDSU

Jason Anderson, CEO, Cleantech San Diego

Will Speer, Vice President, SDGE

Marques McCammon, CEO, Karma Automotive

ECE Seminar by Prof. Tielong Shen, Wednesday, February 21, 2024

10:00am – 11:00am

Speaker: Dr. Tielong Shen, Professor

Dept. of Applied Science and Engineering
Sofia University, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract: Recently, the mean-field approximation approach has attracted much attention from the research community of modeling and control of large-scale population of agents. In the practice of on-board energy efficiency optimization of vehicular powertrains, there has been considerable research literatures on using the mean-field approach to deal with the vehicle-to-vehicle coupling and decentralized control design by considering the collective behavior of vehicle crowd. This talk will begin with a short review of the mean-field approximation approach and its application in game and optimization problems. Then, learning-based approaches are introduced to modeling the mean-field behavior of vehicles. With this modeling method and reinforcement learning approaches, decentralized control design examples will be explained based on the speaker’s research experience.

Biography: Dr. Tielong Shen received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sophia University 1992, and joined Sophia University as Assistant Professor with Tenure in April 1992, where he is serving as Professor. He is also serving Visiting Professor for Center for Power Source Research for Next-generation Mobility, Chiba University, Japan. His research interests include control theory and applications in automotive powertrain systems, power systems, and mechanical systems. Dr. Shen has author/co-authored eleven books and has published more than 300 research papers in peer-reviewed major journals. At the last year, he is awarded the 8th TCCT Outstanding Contribution Award. He is Fellow of SICE, and currently serving Director for The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), Japan.

ECE Seminar with Dr. J. Yan, Mar. 29, Friday, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, at SSW-1500

“Challenges and Opportunities with Renewable Energy Penetration”

Speaker: Dr. J. Yan
Royal Institute of Technology & Mälardalen University, Sweden
Editor-in-Chief of Applied Energy

Abstract: Energy systems have been in transition, extending their
boundaries beyond the energy systems themselves. One of challenging issues is the intermittent power generation and
mismatching of energy supply and demand over a time scale when high renewable energy penetration takes place. This calls for interdisciplinary and synthetic approach from not only the
systematic overview, but also detailed components of clean energy systems. It needs to integrate the end-users load control with different energy saving approaches. It is location specific and highly tailored to serve its customers’ needs. Changing from resource conversion into the smart integration also needs integration of energy with digitalization. Renewables, distributed generation, and smart grids demand new capabilities and are triggering new business opportunities, which is further stimulating the future development of the energy systems.

Seminar with Prof. Jason Lai from Virginia Tech. on Friday, Mar. 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm in WC-220

Prof. Jason Lai’s Bio:
Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1989
M.S., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1985
B.S., National Taiwan Norman University, 1975
Teaching Interests:
Power electronics
Research Interests:
High-power converters for utility applications
Grants and Projects:
DC Fast Charger, sponsored by Princeton Power.
PM Motor Drive Control Development, sponsored by Industrial Technology Research Institute
Wind Generation Control for Smart Grid, sponsored by Institute of Nuclear Energy Research
Photovoltaic Inverter Development, sponsored by Virginia CIT
Field Verification of High-Penetration Levels of PV into the Distribution Grid, Sponsored by DOE HiPen PV Program

ECE seminar on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm in WC-220 (West Commons)

“Writing a Good Grant: An Introduction”

Speaker: Dr. Leona Flores, Director, SDSU Research Development

Abstract: Writing a good grant proposal may not come easily to some, especially in the initial stage of your higher education endeavors. This presentation will focus on the overall grant proposal and review process with particular focus on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application, covering elements that include general information, eligibility, summary of essay requirements, faculty recommendations and support for the submission of the application. Other funding opportunities for students entering or in the early years of a PhD program will be briefly discussed.

Biography: Dr. Leona Flores serves as Director, Research Development for SDSU Research Foundation. In her role, Dr. Flores works closely with SDSURF Associate Executive Director of Research Advancement, Tim Hushen, and Senior Director, Research Project Development, John Crockett, PhD, to promote university research and education through identifying and developing new research and training opportunities for SDSU faculty.
Before joining SDSURF, Dr. Flores was Director, Research Development and Collaboration at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center as part of the high-level leadership team involved in administrative/scientific program management and decision strategy support, including complex Cancer Center-wide, multidisciplinary research funding proposals (e.g., NCI P30; $32M/5 years). Other cancer center roles included development of functional cross-disciplinary research teams of scientific/clinical faculty leaders and researchers to foster and implement translational efforts and funding opportunities, inter- and intra-institutional pilot grants director, and website and scientific communications manager. In addition, she served as Associate Editor for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) journal Cancer Prevention Research.
Dr. Flores received her PhD from University of California San Diego in Biomedical Science where she studied arterial flow-induced atherosclerotic plaque formation and continued as a two-year postdoctoral fellow. She worked as an forensic technician for the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner having assisted in over 3500 autopsies before earning her Bachelor’s degree (BS) in Biological Science from Cal State Fullerton where she studied protein assembly in blue-green algae. Prior to that, Dr. Flores worked as a licensed professional engineer responsible for engineering design and structural analysis of custom residential homes after completing her Bachelor’s degree (BS) in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Seminar with Dr. Boryann Liaw of Idaho National Lab on Friday, Oct. 19, 1:00-2:00 PM, at West Commons 220

“A Broad Perspective on Future Mobility – How Battery Changes Electrification”

Speaker: Dr. Boryann Liaw, Idaho National Laboratory

Abstract: The renewable energy and electrification in the transportation sector have brought significant changes in the energy sectors regarding the next generation of mobility and grid infrastructure. In this mix, battery technology plays a significant role in this transformation of our future energy planning and security. Idaho National Lab (INL) sees a great challenge in the electrification process that is unchartered by the industry. With the support under the U.S. Department of Energy EERE office, INL is conducting some forefront research that is intended to greatly support the mission to enable the electrified transformation in the U.S. and the world. This presentation shall provide some live discussions on how this is going to happen and how the battery technology sector is responding to the needs in the industry and the society.

Biography: Dr. Boryann (Bor Yann) Liaw is manager of the Energy Storage and Advanced Vehicles Department at Idaho National Laboratory. The department operates state-of-the-art Energy Storage Innovation Technology Center (ESITeC), Non-destructive Battery Laboratory for Evaluation (NOBLE), and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Laboratory (EVIL), to conduct reliability, safety, and failure analyses of energy storage systems, advanced vehicles, and charging equipment and infrastructure. Dr. Liaw received his doctorate in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and past President of International Battery Association. He has been a university faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and active professional consultant in industry before joining INL.

Seminar by Prof. Mark Ehsani, Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00-8:00pm P-144, Physics Building

Speaker: Mehrdad (Mark) Ehsani, Ph. D., P. E., LF. IEEE, F. SAE, M. AAAS

Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 77843

Abstract: There is plenty of hydro-carbon resource energy available on earth, for hundreds of years. The urgency of sustainable energy and transportation problem is from prolusion, global warming, and
equitable access to energy for all humanity. The way forward is to help the developing world (90% of the population that dominates the future emissions) with “clean” energy, rather than making the developed world clean (the 10% solution). This has to be done by appropriate technologies, consistent with sound business plans, and market economy.

This presentation offers the engineering and economic foundations of the above proposition. Case studies and example technologies from the author’s group at Texas A&M University will be presented as specific illustrations.

Bio of speaker: Mark Ehsani is the Robert M. Kennedy Endowed Professor of electrical engineering and Director of Sustainable Energy and Vehicle Engineering Research Program and the Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He has served in leadership positions of several IEEE Societies, including their governing boards. He has been honored by various international organizations over 140 times, including IEEE Field Award for undergraduate Teaching and IEEE Vehicular Technology
Society Avant Garde Award. He is the co-author of over 400 publications, 18 books, over 30 US and EU patents, and has been a consultant to over 60 international companies and government agencies. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of SAE.

Seminar and Group Discussion with Mr. MASANORI ISHIGAKI of Toyota on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10am, 6386 Alvarado Court, Conference room

Masanori Ishigaki received the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tokyo Institute of technology in 2007. From 2007, he is employed at Toyota Central R&D inc., in Aichi, Japan. During this period, he was a Researcher with power electronics for automotive application.

He is a technical lead in high power vehicle electronics, especially for 1kW – 100kW DC system. He covers the technical area from semiconductor device structures to system-level control, and batteries and its utilization as system level.

Since 2014 to 2017, he has been with Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a Senior Principal Engineer. After returning to Japan, he is now working as the bridge of worldwide power electronics researchers for Toyota.

He received IPEC paper presentation award 2010, APEC outstanding presentation Award 2012 and 2017, and 4 of technical award from IEEJ. He is an author or coauthor of 20 technical papers, more than 50 patents issued or pending.

Seminar Given by Mengyang Zhang, CTO of Skywell Bus Manufacturing, Thursday, March 1 at 10-11:30am

There will be a presentation by Mr. Mengyang Zhang, VP and CTO of Skywell Automobiles (Nanjing Golden Dragon Bus Manufacturing Co., Ltd.). Mr. Zhang’s presentation will be on “New Energy Vehicle Development in China”. Please see the attached flyer.

The presentation will be held on:

Thursday, March 1, 2018
10:00am – 11:00am
Gold Auditorium, Bioscience Center

Seminar Given by Dr. Suman Dwari from the United Technology Research Center (UTRC), Web Jan 31 at 2pm, Gold Auditorium, Bioscience Center

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Gold Auditorium, Bioscience Center

“Technology Overview at United Technology Research Center(UTRC): Power Electronics and Systems”

Speaker: Dr. Suman Dwari

Abstract: United Technology Research Center (UTRC) is the innovation engine of United Technologies (UTC) and all of its business units, UTC Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney, Otis and UTC Climate Control and Security. These business units recognize UTRC as defining what’s next, and ready to solve the toughest problems. Part of that engine is collaborating with a network of partners to move the world forward. These include not only UTC’s business units but government agencies, national laboratories, universities, commercial and aerospace companies and private organizations. In this talk, at first, the overview of UTRC will be presented which will be followed by discussions on current research activities and projects in Systems and Power Electronics areas.
Bio of speaker: Dr. Suman Dwari received his M.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Ph.D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, both in Electrical Engineering. At present, he is a Staff Research Scientist with United Technology Research Center, Hartford, USA. He has been PI or Co-PI of many government research projects for DoD, ESTCP, DOE, DARPA and contributed in the areas of distributed power systems, sustainable energy resources, high-performance power electronics systems and control techniques. He has also researched on various commercial applications in the area of very high-density power electronics converters using advanced materials and devices. He is the author of over 30 publications and has several US patents. His current research interests include high-performance power converters, wireless power transfer, advanced machines, and advanced control of PE systems.