Power and Energy Systems

The Power and Energy Systems (PES) Area focuses on electrical power engineering. Societal challenges being addressed by Purdue faculty include technologies needed for sustainability and reduced carbon emissions, technologies needed to support an increasingly stressed bulk power system, and technologies needed to for the next generation of marine, aerospace, and vehicular power and propulsion systems. Purdue work focuses on electromechanical component design, power electronics design, passive component design, power magnetics, electric drive and actuator systems, marine and aerospace power and propulsion systems, and bulk power system control, power quality, optimal dispatch, and stability. Purdue’s work in advanced modeling, simulation, and automated design methods is of particular note.

Research Thrusts

Electromechanical and Electromagnetic Component Design

Electric Drive and Power Converter Controls

Numerically Efficient Time Domain Simulation Tools

Numerically Efficient Magnetic Analysis

Modeling of Electric Machinery and Converters

Characterization of Magnetic Materials

Design Optimization and Evolutionary Computing

Stability of Power Electronics Based Power Distribution Systems

Marine and Aerospace Power Systems

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Smart Grid


Energy Conversion Research Laboratory

Power Magnetics Laboratory

Genetic Optimization Processing Array

Distributed Heterogeneous Simulation Laboratory

Medium Voltage DC Testbed


Meet Our Power and Energy Systems Faculty