KSU - IAS Student Chapter

Kansas State University IEEE Industry Applications Society Student Chapter is a student organization managed by graduate students, currently managed by the SPECS Team members. This organization aims to promote advances in knowledge and theory of Electrical Engineering and related sciences, in accordance with the constitution and by-laws of IEEE. All students interested in the field of power electronics, power systems, and electric machines are welcome to join. Members will have opportunities to discuss research ideas, tour power electronics and power systems laboratories, attend workshops, listen and engage with famous scientists/researchers/industry managers, and receive tutoring/advising from graduate student members.

Chapter Events

KSU IAS Chapter and SPECS Research Team hosted a webinar about active front-end power converter for regenerative motor-drive systems applications and challenges presented by Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Sayed Ahmed.

Regenerative active front end “AFE” based motor-drive systems are a very important segment in the drives market. The main advantages of this segment are that it does not require a braking resistor, it provides an input current with significantly reduced Total Harmonic Distortion “THD” , and a unity power factor.

Moreover, AFE based motor-drive system can inject reactive power to the line if needed, thus providing power factor correction within the limits of thermal capacity of the drive. However, the AFE design as a critical part of the motor-drive system can be faced with several challenges such as LCL resonance condition, limited dynamic performance under certain grid conditions, and deteriorated performance if the system parameters are not well known. The talk was focused on addressing these applications, and the corresponding challenges. The webinar was held on February 15, 2021 at 2 pm CT. We invited all faculty and students regardless of their major.

Dr. Sayed-Ahmed received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University, WI, USA in 2009. He is currently a principal engineer/ functional control architect at Rockwell Automation in the R&D Dept. (2009-present). His technical and academic record resulted in an honorable list of 23 peer reviewed journal and conference publications with over 230 citations, 25 granted patents and 25 pending patent applications. He is also the recipient of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Transaction Prize Paper award for the year of 2012. He is an IEEE senior member since 2011. Dr. Sayed-Ahmed is currently serving as a chapter chair for the IEEE Power Electronics Society, Milwaukee section.

KSU IAS Student Chapter and SPECS Research Group organized a webinar about microgrid concept presented by Professor Josep Guerrero on January 21, 2021. Students, alumni, and faculty members from Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science departments attended the webinar.

Content of this talk include how we could produce, store, and consume energy locally as well as the relationship with our life philosophies concern, "To change outside world, we need to change from inside out." The speech presented some examples of how these technologies have impacted our daily lives with photovoltaic panels (PVs) in our rooftops, electrical vehicles in our garages, and energy storage systems in our houses.

The way we are also conceiving energy generation outside, in the big grid, is now adopting many ideas from the microgrid concept, and more than ever, grid-forming concepts are starting to be proposed in large PV and windfarms – some examples of projects was explained in the meeting. The microgrid concept was shown in different applications of land based, maritime and space systems. Similarly, many examples and technologies regarding smart homes such as integrating the microgrid technology in our daily lives all together with IoT-enabled electronic devices, wearables, and e-health systems including smart devices to practice mindfulness was provided.

Dr. Guerrero received his Ph.D. degree in Power Electronics from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, in 2003. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. His current research interests include microgrids, power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, the Internet of Things for ac/dc microgrids, maritime microgrids for electric powered ships, vessels, and ferries, etc. Dr. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for many prestigious IEEE journals, which are IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine. Furthermore, he is an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Dr. Guerrero established high academic success and contribution with his publications, cited over 60685 times according to Google Scholar.