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ERE Seminar: Andrew Alleyne, PhD (UIUC) | "A Systems Approach to Electrified Mobility"

Monday, Jan 25, 2021 11:30 AM
Virtual Meeting via Zoom (see login details in Description)
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ERE Seminar: Andrew Alleyne, PhD (UIUC) | "A Systems Approach to Electrified Mo…
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Andrew Alleyne, PhD | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

"A Systems Approach to Electrified Mobility"

We live in an increasingly electrified world. For stationary applications, such as industry and manufacturing, this statement has been obvious since the start of the 20th century as steam and belt drives in factories gradually gave way to electric motors for machining, conveyor lines, and all manner of other industrial applications.   Now we are seeing electrification rise in the mobile domain. The progress has been steady for several decades but it is really during the past several years that electrified mobility has seen a rapid growth at the level of individual consumer. Interestingly, this growth cuts across widely varying modes of mobility; from individual bicycles to on-highway vehicles to large ships and aircraft.

This talk will detail some of the trends in mobility domains and will discuss some of the technical challenges.  For mobility systems, the power density is a key metric of performance that dictates viability of technology for use in the transport of goods and people.  After describing some of the technology similarities across mobility modes, we will discuss the interplay between modes of power distribution within electrified mobility systems.  This includes the flow of power in the mechanical, electrical, and thermal domains.  Several examples of challenges will be raised along with some solutions and open questions across the broad spectrum of Engineering fields. In particular, we will demonstrate examples where the integration of different fields, in a systems-level approach, can afford significant advantages in power density and hence improvements in e-mobility.

Prof Alleyne received his B.S. from Princeton University in 1989 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1992 and 1994, respectively, from UC Berkeley. He joined UIUC in 1994 where he is currently the Ralph & Catherine Fisher Professorship in the College of Engineering and is the Director for the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems. He is the recipient of a NSF CAREER award, has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE, and a National Research Council Associate. He is a Fellow of IEEE, AAAS and ASME. He was a Fulbright Fellow to the Netherlands and held visiting Professorships at TU Delft, University of Colorado, ETHZ, and Johannes Kepler University.  He has held several senior service positions for ASME, IEEE, and the International Federation of Automatic Control.  He has been active in external advisory boards for universities, industry and government including the U.S. Air Force, Army, and the Department of Energy.  His campus service includes the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and the Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs in Mechanical Science and Engineering. In addition to research and service, he has a keen interest in education and earned the College of Engineering’s Teaching Excellence Award, the UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and the UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring.


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