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CURENT SLC Newsletter

For January 2017

News on the Center, Faculties, Students, Opportunities, and Events

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Feature Story

Dr. Yilu Liu has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Dr. Liu is Dr. Liu is the Governor’s Chair Professor of ORNL/UTK and Deputy Director for CURENT. The NAI recognized Dr. Liu for her "spirit of innovation" and for the impact of her work on everyday life. On April 6, 2017, Dr. Liu and the other NAI inductees will be recognized at the academy's annual conference in Boston, MA.



Smart Grid Workshop on Smart Grids Big Data

A Smart Grid Workshop will be held at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, on April 18th, 2017. The theme of the workshop will be “Smart Grids Big Data: The Next Steps”. It is open to faculty, graduate students and industry members of CURENT. If you would like to attend the workshop, please register using the link below: https://teespce.eventsair.com/smart-grid-workshop/register/Site/Register.

Recent CURENT Alumni in Career

Recent graduates from CURENT have achieved outstanding career opportunities. Derek Kou has accepted a position at Dominion Virginia Power in Richmond, VA as a senior system protection engineer. Hesen Liu also accepted a position as Engineer III with Dominion Virginia Power in Richmond, VA. Dao Zhou is joining Amazon in Seattle, WA as a software development engineer. Jason Guo has accepted a position at Google.


CURENT Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Mr. Ken Lowery will give a presentation titled "Startup - Building and Growing a Technology Company Focused on Value Delivery and Equity in Relationships" in the CURENT SLC seminar on February 10. In the seminar he is going to discuss about different aspects to be a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Ken Lowery is a Sr. Partner, principal and founding member of Cadre5 in Knoxville, TN.

Past Seminars

Dr. Leon Tolbert gave a presentation on "Writing an Effective IEEE Paper" in the CURENT SLC seminar on January 20. Useful information on content, writing style, figures, formatting, proofreading, and references for IEEE conferences and transactions papers are presented.

Brent Shumaker, Senior Systems Engineer at AMS Corporation, gave a presentation on "Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Their Role in Future Power Generation" at CURENT Industry Seminar on January 27.

 On January 13, Jacob Dyer, Power Electronics PhD Candidate, gave a presentation on "Online Condition Monitoring of Silicon Carbide Devices Using Intelligent Gate Drive for Converter Performance Improvement " and Ling Jiang, Power Electronics PhD Candidate, gave presentation on "GaN based 100W-Two stage transmitter with constant current source behavior".



CURENT LinkedIn Profile Pic Photoshoot

The SLC has organized a LinkedIn profile picture photoshoot at MK 533 for all CURENT members from 11am-1pm starting February 9 and conclude on February 11. The pictures can be used in your LinkedIn, google scholar, webpage, other social media accounts, and for future CURENT publications. Sign up is required to reserve a time slot for photoshoot. The sign up link is given below:



Upcoming Outreach Events

There will be an engineering night at Vine Middle School on Thursday, February 9th from 6-7:30pm. Volunteers are required for the outreach event to help with different activities and motivate middle school students towards the engineering career.



Cultural Event

SLC is hosted a cultural event featuring Chinese New Year on January 26. Faculties, staffs, and students joined the event. The event started with brief presentation on the tradition of Chinese New Year celebration and followed by dinner.

CURENT is a National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Engineering Research Center headquartered at UT. Partner institutions are Northeastern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Tuskegee University.


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