The Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) is a research center within the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – also known as Virginia Tech – in the small town of Blacksburg in the state of Virginia in United States of America. Its 5 professors, 10 staff, 50 graduate students, and US$ 4 million/year research funding are dedicated to improving electronic processing and distribution of electrical energy that impact systems of all sizes – from battery-operated portable electronics to vehicles to electric power systems – through global collaborative research and education. CPES has a worldwide reputation for its research advances, its work with industry to improve the entire field, and its many talented graduates. The power electronics program at Virginia Tech was initiated in 1977 by Prof. Fred Lee and in 1983 it became known as Virginia Power Electronics Center (VPEC). From 1998 to 2008, CPES was a US National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center – a collaboration of five universities and over 80 global industrial firms. Today, CPES at Virginia Tech is building on that foundation to encompass five technology areas: (1) Power conversion topologies and architectures; (2) Power electronics components; (3) Modeling and control; (4) EMI and power quality; (5) High density integration. The Center’s targeted applications include: (1) Power management for information and communications technology; (2) Point-of-load power supplies; (3) Vehicular power conversion systems; (4) Renewable energy systems. The presentation will give an overview of the center’s research in these technology and application areas with several examples of the recent research results.
Dr. Dushan Boroyevich is the American Electric Power Professor at the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. Dushan Boroyevich received his Dipl. Ing. degree from the University of Belgrade in 1976 and his M.S. degree from the University of Novi Sad in 1982, in what then used to be Yugoslavia. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1986 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, USA. From 1986 to 1990, he was an assistant professor and director of the Power and Industrial Electronics Research Program in the Institute for Power and Electronic Engineering at the University of Novi Sad. He then joined the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech as associate professor. He is now American Electric Power Professor at the department and co-director of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES). Prof. Boroyevich is Fellow of IEEE and recipient of the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Technical Field Award. He is the president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society for 2011-12. Dushan's research interests include multi-phase power conversion, electronic power distribution systems, power electronics systems modeling and control, and multi-disciplinary design optimization.