ECE Seminar Series: Technology Overview at United Technology Research Center(UTRC): Power Electronics and Systems

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ECE-C2E2 Joint Seminar Spring 2018

April 10, 11am-12noon, ITE 401

Technology Overview at United Technology Research Center(UTRC): Power Electronics and Systems

Suman Dwari and Zak Sorchini

United Technology Research Center

Abstract: United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is the innovation engine of United Technologies (UTC) and all of its business units, UTC Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney, Otis and UTC Climate Control and Security. These business units recognize UTRC as defining what’s next, and ready to solve the toughest problems. Part of that engine is collaborating with a network of partners to move the world forward. These include not only UTC’s business units, but government agencies, national laboratories, universities, commercial and aerospace companies and private organizations. In this talk, at first the overview of UTRC will be presented which will be followed by discussions on current research activities and projects in Systems and Power Electronics areas. 

Short bio: Dr. Suman Dwari received Ph.D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, in Electrical Engineering. At present, he is a Staff Research Scientist with United Technology Research Center, Hartford, USA. He has been PI or Co-PI of many government research projects for DoD, ESTCP, DOE, DARPA and contributed in the areas of distributed power systems, sustainable energy resources, high performance power electronics systems and control techniques. He has also researched on various commercial applications in the area of very high density power electronics converters using advanced materials and devices. He is author of over 30 publications and has several US patents. His current research interests include: high performance power converters, wireless power transfer, advanced machines, and advanced control of PE systems.

Dr. Zak Sorchini received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has more than 10 years of power electronics and electric machine industry experience acquired under various roles of increasing responsibility at Delphi Automotive, Caterpillar, GE Aviation and United Technologies Aerospace Systems. Since 2017 he has been with the United Technologies corporate research center as group leader for Power Electronics Systems. Mr. Sorchini holds one U.S. patent.