Established in June, 2011, the Advanced Power Electronics Lab (APEL) is solely devoted to the power electronic area including:

  • power electronics with motor drive system
  • power supply
  • battery charger
  • novel material based semiconductor switches
  • renewable energy
  • battery and battery management system
  • and more


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About Dr. Hua (Kevin) Bai

Lab Director: Hua (Kevin) Bai was born in Chifeng City, Inner-Mongolia, China in 1980. He received B S and PHD degree from Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Bai was a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist in University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In July 2010 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kettering University, MI, USA as an assistant professor with tenure track, teaching Microelectronics (EE320), Power Electronics (EE424), and Battery Management System (EE591, graduate course) in Kettering. He is the director of Advanced Power Electronics Lab (APEL) and leads the power electronics group in Kettering devoting the effort to the vehicle electrification.

His research interest is modeling, simulation and design of various power electronics systems, including high-voltage and high-power variable speed motor drive system, high-efficiency and high-power battery chargers, photovoltaic inverter, auxiliary power module in electric vehicles, and battery management system. From 2011 to 2013, Bai as PI received ~$1.1 million research funds from OEMs (Chrysler LLC, Mahindra) and Automotive Suppliers (Magna, Tenneco, etc) in Michigan area. He is the author of 1 book (Transients of Modern Power Electronics), 32 peer-reviewed IEEE journal papers and 15 conference papers. Meanwhile he holds 5 industrial patents and acts as the associate editor of SAE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains.

If you have questions regarding capabilities of Dr. Bai and the APEL team, please send inquires to hbai@kettering.edu.