Stony Brook University, New York
Opening of the Spellman Power Electronics Laboratory at the College of Engineering and Applied Science
The College of Engineering and Applied Science has opened a new engineering teaching laboratory at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineeringthanks to the generous funding of an industry partner Spellman High Voltage Electronics Company. In a special ceremony on April 12, the Spellman Power Electronics Lab was dedicated to accelerating research and education programs in alternative energy and power conversion systems.
A fundamental research axis for students and professors in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) includes alternative energy and energy conversion systems such as wind power generators, fuel cells, hybrid electric vehicles, and all-electric ship and aircraft propulsion systems. The new lab provides students with hands-on, experiential training that will give them a competitive edge for internships, graduate school, future jobs, and rewarding careers. Many career opportunities can be found at Spellman, about 20 miles away in Hauppauge, New York. Additionally, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering explores advances in power electronics that will contribute to dramatic improvements in the performance, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of a wide range of power processing equipment and systems. ‘electric energy. The new Spellman Power Electronics Lab is poised to become a center of excellence for New York State, with a pivotal role in creating a future powered by sustainable energy.
Loren Skeist, president and CEO of Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation, spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and conducted the official ribbon-cutting with Petar Djuric, chairman of the electrical and computer engineering department, and the Professor Fang Luo, director of the Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Laboratory. They were then joined by guests to see the new lab space, tools and equipment, and get a sense of what students will experience in the new lab.
The ceremony was attended by Jon Longtin, Acting Dean of the Stony Brook College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, members of the CEAS Dean’s Council and members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Industry Advisory Council. Faculty, staff and students were also in attendance, in addition to executives and staff from Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation.
Skeist said the lab would provide the opportunity to educate students in STEM fields and provide hands-on experience in designing, building and testing their innovations. He highlighted expanding relationships and potential synergies with Stony Brook University.
“High voltage is an enabling technology for a growing list of high-tech applications. Through this high voltage research and training lab program, we can work together towards our vision of advancing health, safety and quality of life,” Skeist said. “This lab and our growing relationship with Stony Brook will fuel Spellman’s future success, which is dependent on retaining, attracting and developing exceptional electrical, computational and mechanical engineering talent who can collaborate with experts and integrate the latest developments in related fields, such as computer science, materials and mechanical engineering.
Future collaborations between Spellman High Voltage Corporation and Stony Brook include a new project with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to determine how to eliminate the use of SF6, an insulating gas with a very high CO2 footprint, in addition to potential opportunities for computer science students to gain experience preserving the computer systems security (Spellman is pursuing ISO 27001 certification), rapid data retrieval, and the development of data analytics to improve supply chain management.
Skeist too invited students to apply to Spellman’s expanding Engineering Internship Program, which offers a wide range of opportunities in many fields including medical diagnostic imaging, security, industrial process controls, semi manufacturing -conductors and underwater data transmission.
“High voltage saves lives through its use in medical imaging; it guarantees a safe journey through security checks at airports; and through the transmission of underwater data, it allows us to stay connected to our colleagues, families and friends abroad,” said Luo, associate professor at SUNY Empire Innovation. “In the Spellman Lab, our students receive theoretical training and real-world experiences while learning to control and harness electrical power safely.”
“This partnership will help Stony Brook accelerate our work in alternative energy and energy conversion systems, a central goal for the preservation of our climate, our cities, our waters – key elements of our lives,” said said Djuric. “We are very grateful to Dr. Skeist and the management team at Spellman for their vision, enthusiasm and belief in Stony Brook University. We look forward to building on this partnership and finding new ways to work together to advance high voltage power conversion technology.
More information about Stony Brook’s power electronics program and its partnership with Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation is available in the Questions from Stony Brook article, Powerful partnership powers the future.
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