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Panel members from academia, industry, and government will discuss the latest research and pedagogy in energy conversion and conservation. Smart energy systems, renewable systems, and new forms of energy conversion will be discussed, as well as teaching innovations to keep students engaged in these important engineering subject areas. This session is for those interested in academia-industry connections and in broadening participation in engineering and engineering technology.
For those interested in: Academia-Industry Connections, Broadening Participation in Engineering and Engineering Technology, and K-12
Charles Alexander. Charles K. Alexander Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. He was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Cleveland State University from 2002 until 2018. He was the director of The Center for Research in Electronics and Aerospace Technology (CREATE) from 2004 until 2018. He has authored many publications, including a workbook and a videotape lecture series, and is coauthor of Fundamentals of Electric Circuits (now in the seventh edition), Engineering Skills for Career Success, Problem Solving Made ALMOST Easy, the fifth edition of the Standard Handbook of Electronic Engineering, and Applied Circuit Analysis, all with McGraw-Hill. He has authored or coauthored 30 books counting separate editions and foreign translations and he has made more than 500 paper, professional, and technical presentations. His circuits textbook is ranked number one or number two worldwide recently.
Dr. Hess is ECE Professor at the University of Idaho. Herbert Hess' research is in the area of power electronic converters, great and small. These range from projects in wind turbine converters to motor drives to small power supplies to microbattery chargers. Each system has a need for converting power into a different form or level. Power electronics is often the preferred means to do this. Hess' ongoing projects are the following:
Power conversion circuits in CMOS SOI, High voltage CMOS silicon on insulator (SOI) switching devices
Hybrid electric vehicle power conversion and drive systems, Modeling and design of protection for matrix converters, Innovative and compact battery chargers and monitors, Distributed power generation and electronic conversion: wind, water, fuel cell, solar, flywheel, Power quality.
Dr. Niebur joined Drexel University in March 1996, where she is now an associate professor. From 2007 to 2009, she joined the National Science Foundation on an IPA assignment from Drexel University. At NSF she served as the Program Director for the Power, Controls and Adaptive Networks (PCAN) Program of the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG). Her responsibilities within the PCAN program included power and energy networks as well as alternate energy sources.
Before joining Drexel, she held research positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as well as a computer engineering position at the University of Lausanne and a summer visiting professor appointment at CEPEL, Brazil. Dr. Niebur's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the Electric Power Research Institute and others. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award. Dr. Niebur co-authored over 100 refereed publications. In addition, she is the co-editor of the first book on neural networks for power systems, the IEEE Power Engineering Society (IEEE-PES) Tutorial Lecture Notes, and Educational Video Series on the same topic.
Howard B. Rockman is a Chicago patent attorney, Intellectual Property Management consultant, author and lecturer. He counsels companies and individual innovators and creators on a variety of intellectual property matters. Fifty years ago, Howard began his legal career as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before moving on to his role as an Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. Howard represents clients in litigation of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases in Federal and State Courts, as well as clients seeking to secure domestic and foreign intellectual property rights before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, and similar intellectual property offices throughout the world. Mr. Rockman is a member of the American Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and a J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School. In addition to his legal accolades, Mr. Rockman served as an officer in the U.S. Army on active duty and reserve status with the Corps of Engineers and the Judge Advocate General Corps from 1960 to 1968.
Aaron St. Leger is an Associate Professor at the United States Military Academy (USMA). He is also the Director of the Electrical Engineering Program and the Class of 1950 Chair of Advanced Technology. He received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD degrees at Drexel University. His research and teaching interests include alternative energy, electric power systems, modeling and controls. His recent work has focused on integrating alternative energy, advanced monitoring systems, and demand response controllers to improve electric power systems for military forward operating bases and wide area monitoring and control systems for bulk power grids. He is also the director of the Electrical Power Systems, Alternative Energy, and Operational Energy laboratories which support education and research in the Power and Energy field at USMA.