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IEMDC 2015: Early Bird Registration has been EXTENDED to April 6, 2015!

Monday, March 30th, 2015

IEMDC 2015 will be held at Coeur d’Alčne, Idaho from May 1013, 2015!

To register for IEMDC 2015, please click here: http://iemdc.org/registration

Detailed program information will be added to the website in the coming weeks!


The IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC) has been established to be one of the major events in the field of electrical machines and drives. Started in Milwaukee, Wi in 1997, IEMDC is now a regular established conference. Recent editions have been organized in Seattle, Wa in 1999, Cambridge, Ma in 2001, Madison, Wi in 2003, San Antonio, Tx in 2005, Antalya, Turkey in 2007, Miami, Fl in 2009, Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada in 2011 and Chicago, Il in 2013.


IEMDC 2015 aims to offer an extensive tutorial program on a wide range of topics from the fields of electric machines and drives.  The tutorials target engineers with long-term experience as well as faculty and newcomers who may both learn about and obtain a comprehensive high-level introduction into certain topics. The tutorials are expected to last 4 hours and will take place either in the morning or in the afternoon of May 10, 2015.

The following tutorials will be presented:


Thermal Analysis of Electric Motors with Complex Duty Cycles|Dr. David Staton

Means to improve electric-motor-driven system life-cycle costs with a variable-speed drive|Dr. Tero Ahonen and Prof. Jero Ahola

Design and development of low speed 10MW+ superconducting Wind Turbine generators|Dr. Nenad Mijatovic and Prof. Bogi Bech Jensen

Design and Analysis of Permanent Magnet Machines including High-Speed Operation|Prof. Bulent Sarlioglu and Prof. Thomas Wu


IEMDC 2013 – Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 12

Monday, April 1st, 2013

IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference
May 12-15 | Chicago, IL | www.IEMDC13.org


Plenary Presentations Announced:

  • “High-Frequency Core and Winding Loss Modeling”
    Charles Sullivan – Associate Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
  • “Multilevel Multiphase Drive Systems – Topologies and PWM Control”
    Emil Levi – Professor of Electric Machines and Drives, Liverpool John Moores University
  • “Synchronous Reluctance Motors and Drives for Ultra-high Efficiency and Reliability”
    Heinz Lendenmann – Program Manager, Program Group Medium Voltage Drives, ABB
  • “Electric Drives for Mild-Hybrid Motorcycles”
    Silverio Bolognani – Professor of Electrical Converters, Machines and Drives, University of Padova
  • “The Chimera of Rare Earth Materials: Enhancing Alternatives for Machines and Drives and Managing the Beast”
    Thomas Habetler – Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

New design competition announced for IEMDC 2013! – Submission Due April 1
The Organizing Committee for the 2013 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference invites students or student teams and their faculty advisers to submit brief proposals for design projects and demonstrations to be presented in the conference exhibit area. This is the first IEMDC design and demo competition, and is open to all students and student groups whether or not they have a paper accepted at IEMDC.

Visit the IEEE IEMDC 2013 website for more information about these outstanding plenary speakers and to also view the recently updated conference agenda!

Save by registering by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of April 12 – Register Today

Graduate Research Forum

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Wednesday, April 10
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Regency A, B, C

Today’s graduate research will provide solutions for tomorrow. Innovative approaches promise to make an impact, from small communities to our global families.

To facilitate the interdisciplinary work on campus, the Graduate Research Forum encourages the exchange between individuals, labs, and disciplines. In order to communicate research between these groups and beyond the university to the greater community and industry, the Research Forum provides opportunities for graduate students to speak about their work, receive feedback on their presentation skills, and to connect with others’ research.

Graduate student presentation proposals will make connections within their own field. The connections made between the research presentations will help build the relationships that do (or could) exist between disciplines.

Presenter registration
Deadline for registration to be considered as a Forum presenter:  5:00 PM Friday, March 29, 2013.

For more information, go to http://researchfair.unl.edu/gradforum/

Yue Zhao has been selected as a finalist in the Student Impact Awards for Outstanding Officer.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Yue Zhao has been selected as a finalist in the Student Impact Awards for Outstanding Officer of Spring 2013.

The winner will be announce on April 9.


Poster Competition 2013 (Deadline revised to March 25)

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Last year we had seven cash winners. This year it could be you! You can’t win if you don’t enter.

Schedule of Poster Competition

All sessions will be held in the Nebraska Union, except where indicated.

Agenda is subject to change due to speaker commitments. Please check regularly for the most current schedule.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Graduate Research Forum
1:00 to 3:00 PM (Regency A, B, C)
Registration required for presenters

Graduate Student Poster Session
3:00 to 5:00 PM (Centennial)
Registration required for presenters

Undergraduate Workshop: Planning and Preparing for Graduate School
5:00 to 6:30 PM (Regency A, B, C)
Registration requested for attendance


Thursday, April 11, 2013

EHS Colloquium Series: Enhancing Laboratory Safety
1:30 to 3:00 PM (Regency Suite)
Presented by Dr. Craig Merlic, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sponsored by Environmental Health and Safety

Undergraduate Research Conference
3:00 to 5:00 PM (Centennial and Ballroom)
Registration required for presenters

Poster guidelines and tips

  • A poster is a visual representation of the work that you have accomplished; it should “tell the story” of the work you have done.
  • A Microsoft PowerPoint slide is an easy way to design your poster. The first step is to set your paper size under Design > Page Setup.
  • The maximum poster size is 40 inches by 48 inches. Posters should not be mounted on poster board or foam core, but you may want to consider laminating yours if you’ll be using it for multiple events.
  • Do not fill your poster with text; a general guideline is to designate 20% for text, 40% for graphics, and 20% for empty space. The most effective posters have minimal text.
  • It is always a good idea to have someone proofread your poster before you send it for final printing.
  • Be sure to talk to your advisor or mentor about the norms for developing a poster in your discipline. Here are general tips, but you should follow any discipline-specific guidelines when developing your poster.

Printing costs

We highly recommend that you print your poster at the UNL Instructional Design Center. It’s located in Henzlik Hall, Room 122, and costs $8 a lineal foot. The maximum width of the printer is 40″. A 40″ x 48″ poster will cost approximately $32; laminating is extra. At another retail copy center the same poster can cost as much as $105.

If you don’t have departmental support for printing your poster, the Research Fair has set up a special fund with the Instructional Design Center to cover the cost of printing the poster. If you want to be considered for this support, check the box on the registration form. To be eligible for this support you must register by Friday, March 22, and your poster must be submitted to the Instructional Design Center no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 29. Your poster may not exceed 40″ x 48″.

Instructional Design Center
Henzlik Hall Room 122

Day of the poster session

  • You are expected to be at your assigned space during the designated time to discuss the work presented. (If you cannot remain the entire time, we will take your poster down and you may pick it up at Graduate Studies, 1100 Seaton Hall.)
  • Greet people who walk by.
  • Be prepared to respond to questions concerning all aspects of the project.
  • Have a brief “prepared” statement about your research. People will often come to you and say, “Tell me about your research in 1 minute.”
  • You can also have a handout of supplemental materials or a reduced version of your poster on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
  • Consider participating in the Graduate Research Forum from 1:00 to 3:00 PM as a presenter or audience member.

Communication about the poster session

Communication regarding the Poster Session will be sent to the e-mail address students provide on the registration form. Please be sure to use your primary e-mail and to check your “junk” or “bulk” mail boxes for communication. For more information, contact Justina Clark at jclark17@unl.edu or 402-472-2869.

Two IAS Student Conferences

Friday, March 15th, 2013
  • The 4th International Youth Conference on Energy 2013, http://www.iyce-conf.org/, will be organized by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics SB PES/IAS Chapter
  • The Workshop on Power Electronics and Power Quality Applications 2013, http://www.pepqa.org/, will be organized by the Universidad de los Andes SB IAS Chapter

The IA-Society is one of the Technical Co-Sponsors of both conferences. The participation of IAS Student Members will be supported to participate  in both events with the CMD support program,

http://ias.ieee.org/chapter-promotion-programs-awards-and-contests.html >>>Conference Student Travel and Publication Support

2 UNL-led engineering teams place highly in Smarter Planet Challenge

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

A Nebraska team with its GIS-based Wind Farm Suitability and Planning Study earned Top 5 status in the 2012 Smarter Planet Challenge, an international competition for college/university teams to improve the world’s technology solutions. The competition is sponsored by IBM and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Led by UNL electrical engineering graduate students Salman Kahrobaee of Tehran, Iran, and Dingguo Lu of Hangzhou, China, team members also included UNL GIS and remote sensing students Tarlan Razzaghi of Tehran, Anthony L. Nguy-Robertson of Mooresville, Ind., and David Gibbs of Earlysville, Va.

Lu and Kahrobaee had worked on the initial concept in a wind energy class taught by Jerry Hudgins, professor and chair in UNL’s electrical engineering department. They further developed the project with their collaborators and Don Rundquist, a professor in the School of Natural Resources, to help layer data on site topography, wind patterns and other environmental factors for more informed and effective placement of wind turbines.

“It’s great that what we learned in class can apply to real challenges,” Lu said.

Kahrobaee added, “It was fun to work on this project with students from other disciplines.”

Their team’s $1,000 prize will help them refine the project for potential commercialization.




Electrical engineers gain Best Paper honor at ITEC 2012

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

UNL Electrical Engineering graduate student Yue Zhao (right) was recognized with a Best Paper award at IEEE’s Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC 2012). He co-wrote the paper with Harold and Esther Edgerton Assistant Professor Wei Qiao, and Long Wu, a researcher from the John Deere Co. Their work focused on “Oscillation mitigation for sliding-mode observers in sensorless control of IPMSMs,” with relevance in the development of hybrid electric vehicles—an area of study that’s of interest to many companies.



2013 Student Impact Award

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The UNL Student Impact Award is coming up on April 9th 2013. To be eligible for an award, nomination is required and a nominee shall be in good academic standing and not on academic or disciplinary probation. A final nominee will be decided based on the nominating result in our group, and then nominated to the Student Involvement Office of UNL.

Electrical Operation Model lecture by Xiang Gong

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Electrical Operation Model lecture by Xiang Gong will be on December 5th at 3pm from EE large conference room.