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Power Electronics Prep

Short Course Desecription

This seminar is designed for engineers interested in taking the graduate-level Power Electronics course, ECE5025 or other electrical power related classes on electric machines.

Basic concepts of energy and power are explained along with math skills used to design and analyze  power electronic circuits. Use of the simulation tool PSIM is introduced to prepare students for homework and projects in the course.

An undergraduate degree in mechanical or electrical engineering is required as well as knowledge of electrical circuits.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of power electronics in vehicle applications
  • Develop skills to analyze and design DC/DC converters
  • Develop skills to analyze and design inverters
  • Understand requirements of active/passive components of vehicle electronics 
  • Understand challenges of active/passive components of vehicle electronics 
  • Design basic pulse width modulation scheme
  • Understand distribution system of the power grid and PHEV issues  


Jim Wang

Jin Wang, professor of Electrical and Computer Science Engineering at The Ohio State University.

Before joining Ohio State Wang worked at the Ford Motor Company as a core power electronics engineer and contributed to the traction drive design of the Ford Fusion Hybrid. His research interestes include wide 
bandgap power devices and their applications, high-voltage and high-power converter/inverters, integration of renewable energy sources and electrification of transportation.

Wang received a B.S. from Xi’an Jiaotong University, a M.S. from Wuhan University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, all in electrical