New Zealand expert to report on "Electric Vehicle Research Down Under"

Oct 17, 2002

Dr. Simon Round, from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, will report on research ongoing on electric vehicles in his part of the world, Wed. Oct. 23, from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in Kettering's Academic Building, Room 1-817.

Dr. Simon Round, from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, will report on research ongoing on electric vehicles in his part of the world, Wed. Oct. 23, from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in Kettering's Academic Building, Room 1-817.

The University of Canterbury has a small research group in the area of power electronics. A part of this group has had a research interest in electric vehicles since the 1970s. Initially the electric car was used as a test bed in developing AC motorspeed controllers. Now the electric car is used as a platform to provide students with interesting projects.

The seminar Oct. 23 at Kettering will present an overview of the different projects undertaken including AC motor control, inverter topologies, battery management and equalization, and distributed power networks and communications.

Round, who is from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been with the University of Canterbury since1995, where he is a senior lecturer (the equivalent of an associate professor in the USA). From 1992 to 1995, he was aresearch associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim, Norway. His current research interests are in the area of power quality, cryogenic power electronics, power supplies and electric vehicles.

He will be collaborating with Kettering's Juan Pimentel, a professor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, on future projects involving drive controllers and power electronics for hybrid and electrical vehicles.

For more information, contact Juan Pimental at jpimente@kettering.edu.