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MURI Program: Power and Controls Research Engineer

DUE is home to IEL and the CRL which is administering the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) both in the academic year and the summer, which creates and supports multidisciplinary research teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior staff and faculty. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide undergraduates a unique opportunity to gain research skills by working with mentors on real world problems.

Overview of department:
The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI serves the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area, the State of Indiana, and the nation by providing a high-quality learning environment informed through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge via the scholarship of teaching and learning, research and creative activities, and community engagement. We embrace diversity and inclusion as essential elements to sustain excellence.

Project summary:
Power and Controls research engineer will work with graduate students to implement a real time control of power electronic converter for wind energy applications. Variable frequency drives and hardware in the loop controllers will be developed. Using programming skills to simulate and program power controllers and implement them for hardware in the loop systems. Control of power electronic systems for the voltage, frequency, and power delivery through a wind turbine application will be accomplished.

Specific tasks that the MURI student will complete: 

  1. Learn about the system
  2. Learn about power electronic converters
  3. Learn about specific generators and their controls, and develop hardware
  4. Feedback-based closed-loop control will be implemented.

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the MURI student to have:

ECE, ECET, ME, MET, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, some knowledge of power converters and feedback control may be helpful.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

Students will learn:
  1. Understanding of control of generators Closed-loop control of power electronic converters
  2. Programming microcontrollers Implementation of hardware in the loop