Teaching and Research in Power Electronics and its Applications

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FINAL REPORT
US-JORDAN
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
WORKSHOP
ON
Teaching and Research in Power
Electronics and its
Applications
May 18-24, 1999
University of Jordan
Amman, Jordan
The Workshop is co-sponsored by:
National Science Foundation
University of Central Florida
University of Jordan
May 10, 2000
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US-Jordan Workshop
Teaching and Research in Power Electronics and its
Applications
About the Workshop:
The US-Jordan workshop was held in Amman-Jordan between May 18 - 24, 1999 at the University of Jordan. The workshop
aims to discuss educational issues and research activities in the field of Power Electronics and related industrial applications.
Recent developments made in the area of Power Electronics and its modern curriculum was investigated. Also, the
workshop focused in latest research activities in the area of power electronics.
It was the first joint workshop that was held in collaboration between the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the
University of Central Florida and the University of Jordan. The workshop was sponsored by the NSF International and
Energy Systems Programs through the University of Central Florida and hosted by the University of Jordan. Power
Electronics specialists from the following well-known American universities were invited to participate in the activities of
the workshop:
 University of Illinois
 Virginia Polytechnic and State University
 University of Florida
 University of Akron
 University of Central Florida
 University of Minnesota
Because of the recent technological advances in the area of Power Electronics and the continuous growth in its applications,
many universities in the US and abroad are active in developing modern curriculums for Power Electronics itself and the
related subjects. Many universities are still struggling to introduce new courses in the field. Developing such common
curriculums is a clear need in the US and abroad.
Detailed course offerings and curriculum outlines were presented from several universities prospective. The workshop
provided the opportunity to benefit from the collective experiences of many experts in the field both in the US and Jordan.
Current research activities under way in several reputable US and Jordanian universities was addressed, and possible joint
research projects and collaboration between Jordanian universities and US counterparts were explored. This workshop
helped the universities in Jordan to address these issues, and helped the US faculty members to have better interaction with
lecturers and researchers in Jordan. It is hoped that such workshop has advanced Power Electronics education and research
in Jordan and helped young power electronics faculty members, who are interested in pursuing their academic careers, to
get started in introducing Power Electronics courses and programs.
During the Workshop, Dr. Saif Rahman, Program Director at the NSF, addressed the mission of the Energy Systems
Program at NSF and discussed future engineers and areas of interest to NSF. He also discussed the current NSF opportunities
for international collaboration.
Objectives:
The opportunity to make use of the collective experiences of many experts in the field to address
the following three objectives:
 Discuss power electronics curriculum
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 Present current research activities in power electronics
 Establish joint collaboration between US and Jordanian universities in teaching and
research
Describe their needs (Army)
Participants:
A total of 69 participants representing university faculty, and the public sector. More than 48
university faculty and 21 research institutions and other agencies.
Proceeding:
A proceedings consisting of the workshop abstracts was published and given to all participants
(Hard copy is attached at the end of the report).
Workshop Program:
The workshop took place over two days and university visits were done over two-day period.
May 19: Power Electronics Education
The keynote presentation was given by Saif Rahman entitled " Energy Systems Program at the National Science
Foundation and Opportunities for International Collaboration". Then the welcoming remarks were given by Professor
Walid Almaani, President of the University of Jordan.
Power Electronics Education Sessions:
Two sessions were allocated to discuss the current status of power electronics in Jordan
and in the US. There were six presentations in this session that dealt with the power
electronics curriculum. Dr. Issa Batarseh gave a summary of the NSF96-Power
Electronics Workshop that was held in Orlando in 1996. Detailed of the first courses in
Power Electronics was given and suggested list of courses were reported. Then an
overview of the future of power electronics education including opportunities for
innovation were presented by Dr. Philip Krein. Dr. Muhammed Rashid gave a step-by-
step process of using the teaching power electronics course to meet ABET 2000 criteria.
The power electronics syllabi at Virginia Tech were given by Ali Nayfeh and Dr. Saif
Rahman. Dr. Malik Elbuluk presented a comprehensive curriculum for power electronics
and its motor drives applications. The Status of Power Electronics Education in Jordan
and Related Issues were discussed by Dr. Sadeq Hamed.
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May 20: Power Electronics Research
In day 2 of the workshop, the focus was shifted to research activities in power electronic. In this
session, six papers were presented as discussed bellow.
Power Electronics Research Session:

Dr. Philip Krein presented a paper on the nonlinear large-signal control approaches for power
converters and Dr. Nayfeh talked about the complexities in power electronic systems and the
issues of instability in non-linear systems. He also gave a demonstration on how to carry out
analytical analysis of non-linear systems using software demonstration package. Presentation.
Over view presentation on the research on motor drive technologies was given by Dr. Malik
Elbuluk during which he discussed future trends and possible tradeoffs.
Friday, May 21
The US committee meeting was held on Friday, May 21 to discuss the final recommendations for
the workshop. The Jordan committee was asked to give their comments separately.
Other Activities:
1) University Visits:
On May 18, Dr. Saif Rahman, Dr. Ali Nayfeh and Dr. Issa Batarseh visited with the University of Jordan President, Dr.
Walid Ma'ani and the Yarmouk University President, Dr. Ahmad Khasawne. The discussion focused on possible future
research collaboration between Jordanian universities and the US universities through funding from the International
Program of the NSF. Also, issues related to graduate enrollment at the US universities were discussed. Later on the same
day, the same group visited the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, Jordan. On May 23, the US team visited the Jordan
University for Science and Technology at Irbid.
2) IEEE Activities:
In association with the Workshop a special session was organized by two IEEE societies: the Power Engineering (PE)
and Power Electronics Societies (PEL). First an overview of the status of IEEE in Jordan was given by Dr. Souheil
Odeh, University of Jordan. Then Dr. Philip Krein, President of the Power Electronics Society spoke about the benefits
and function of the IEEE. While, Dr. Saif Rahman, Vice President of the Power Engineering Society, discussed the
benefits of becoming a member of a society in the IEEE.
The coffee break during the IEEE presentation was sponsored by both the Power Engineering and Power Electronics
Societies. Both societies donated $250 each to cover the expenses for the reception.
An IEEE section is being formed by the Jordanian as we write this report. Drs. Krein Rahman have been in touch with
the following Jordanian Committee:
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IEEE Committee:
Dr. Omar Al-Asfar, President (hij-dean@yu.edu.jo)
Dr. Muhammad Zaki, Vice President (khedher@fet.ju.edu.jo)
Dr. Mohammad Abd-Alrazak, Treasurer (ktallaq@yn.edu.jo)
The Jordan IEEE-Section was approved in October 1999.
3) Graduate Student Recruitment:
Dr. Ali Nayfeh met with more than 65 students from the University of Jordan and other universities
who would like to continue their graduate studies for an hour and a half in the Mofti Auditorium. I
described to them how to be competitive. He was able to recruit the first and second in EE and ME
and gave them full assistantships. In fact, acceptance papers were sent from VPI to Jordan on June
17.
4) Tours:
The US Team Visit to Jarash, Petra and the Dead Sea, Umm Qais.
Assessment and Outcomes:
1. Teaching Focus:
Findings:
1) The workshop was very well attended by faculty from Jordanian universities, which illustrated
the strong interest in developing power electronics curriculum.
2) Despite the strong interest in teaching and conducting research in power electronics, there is a
limited access for the latest power electronics components and devices.
3) There is a limited discussion among Jordanian universities with respect to curriculum
development in the area of power electronics.
4) The faculty have access to limited number of available textbooks in the area.
Recommendation:
1) We felt a follow up attendee survey is needed to find out:
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Assessment of the industry needs
Student career goals and interest in graduate study
Their assessment of the value the workshop
Their suggestions for future activities
Their interest in joining or/and participating in the IEEE and what kind of their attraction
2) The university library needs is very serious and resources needed to be allocated. Once
established, an IEEE Section should be able help their library needs.
3) The need to establish industry interaction that will provide the Jordanian universities the
opportunities:
- Help student development and prepare them for career.
- Practical Training
- Access to laboratory facilities with needed components and equipment.
4) Emphasis on software needs in courses and integration with classroom instructions. Faculty
should make use of free software such PSPICE Evaluation Version.
5) Organized experiments for measurement purposes plus project-oriented laboratory.
6) Typical flow of curriculum to show how power electronics fits in the over all EE curriculum.
A recommendation should include a typical curriculum structure to show prerequisite.
2. Research Focus:
Findings:
1. Limited access to Power Electronics conference publications and equipment
2. Research activities limited to a few universities.
3. Even with limited resources and heavy teaching loads, many faculty showed keen interest in
expanding power electronics research activities.
Outcome:
1. Possible joint collaborative research proposals will be developed.
2. Several graduate students were recruited by US faculty.
3. Encouraging research contacts were established between Jordanian and US faculty.
4. Encourage participating and hosting regional and international conferences.
3. Professional Activities:
Findings:
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1. Students in major universities have active participation. Two IEEE student branches exist and
other schools are interested in expanding student participation.
2. Many of the faculty are members of professional organizations such as IEE and IEEE.
3. There is a strong interest in establishing an IEEE section in Jordan.
4. High Membership cost was seen as a barrier to expanding the membership base of
professional activities.
Recommendations:
1. Establish an IEEE Section in Jordan.
2. Continuous contacts with university faculty in the US.
4. Recommended Projects to be submitted to NSF-International Programs:
1) Power Factor Correction, University of Central Florida and Jordan University for Science and
Technology
2) Dynamic Stability of DC-DC Power Converters, VPI and University of Jordan.
3) Waste Management, University of Central Florida and JUST
As a follow up, the attached letter was sent to Dr. Osman Shinaishin. Two of the submitted
proposals were funded by the International Program at NSF.
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September 2, 1999
Dr. O. A. Shinaishin
Senior Program Manager
Division of International Programs
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
Dear Dr. Shinaishin:
I am very pleased to inform you that as a follow up to the Jordan-NSF Workshop on Research
and Teaching in Power Electronics which was held in Amman, Jordan, last May, four proposals
have been submitted to the NSF-International Program this year. Among the workshop final
recommendations was to encourage Jordanian universities to submit joint proposals with the
University of Central Florida and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI) in the
following topics:
1) Power Electronics
2) Power Systems
3) Digital Signal Processing
4) Environmental Engineering
Enclosed please find copies of three proposals that cover three of the above areas. Namely,
1) Power Electronics: Jordan University of Science and Technology and UCF.
2) Digital Signal Processing: University of Jordan, Princess Sumaya University &
UCF
3) Municipal Solid Waste Management Collaborative Research, UCF and JUST.
The fourth proposal is being submitted in the area of Power Systems jointly between the
University of Jordan, JUST and VPI.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for funding this US-Jordan workshop. Looking
forward to further collaboration between NSF, UCF, and Jordan.
Best regards,
Issa Batarseh, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor
Enclosures
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The Organizing Committee
USA Committee:
Issa Batarseh, Chair
University of Central Florida
Malik Elbuluk,
University of Akron
Philip Krein,
President of the IEEE-Power Electronics Society
University of Illinois
Ali Nayfeh,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Muhammed Rashid
University of Florida
Jordan Committee:
Sadeq Hamed, Chair
University of Jordan
Abdulla Al-Mehid
Princess Sumaya University College for Technology
Mohammed Al-Shishani
Princess Sumaya University College for Technology
Souheil Odeh
University of Jordan
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US-Jordan Workshop
Teaching and Research in Power Electronics and its
Applications
Amman, Jordan
May 18  23, 1999
PROGRAM
 Tuesday, May 18, 1999
9:00 - 10:00 Meeting between Dr. Saif Rahman, Program Director for the Energy Systems
Program of NSF, and Dr. Walid Almaani, President of the University of Jordan.
11:00 - 3:00 Dr. Saif Rahman's Visit to Yarmouk University, Irbid
4:00 - 5:00 Dr. Saif Rahman's visit to Electricity Authority, Amman
5:00 - 6:00 Dr. Saif Rahman's visit to RSS, Amman
7:30 - 9:00 Welcoming Reception at the Majestic Hotel, Amman.
 Wednesday, May 19 - Power Electronics Education
8:15am - 9:00pm Registration
9:00am - 9:10am Opening Remarks
Sadeq Hamed, University of Jordan.
9:10am  9:20am Workshop Overview
Issa Batarseh, University of Central Florida
NSF International Programs  Keynote Presentation
9:20am-9:50am Energy Systems Program at the National Science Foundation and
Opportunities for International Collaboration
Saif Rahman, NSF
9:50am  10:00am Welcoming Remarks
Professor Walid Almaani, President of the University of Jordan.
10:00am-10:30am Coffee Break
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Session I: Power Electronics Education
Chair: Dr. Sadeq Hamed
10:30am  11:00am Summary of the NSF96-Power Electronics Workshop and First
two Courses in Power Electronics Curriculum
Issa Batarseh, University of Central Florida
11:00am  11:30am Toward the Future of Power Electronics Education:
Opportunities for Innovation, and the Role of the Profession
Philip Krein, University of Illinois
11:30am  12:00 Outcome-Oriented Teaching of Power Electronics to Meet ABET
2000 Criteria
Muhammed Rashid, University of Florida
12:00pm  12:30pm The Syllabi of Power Electronics at Virginia Tech
Ali Nayfeh , Virginia Polytechnic and State University (VPI)
1:00pm  2:30pm Lunch (University of Jordan)
Session II: Power Electronics Education
Chair: Dr. Abdulla Mehdi
2:30pm  3:00pm A Comprehensive Curriculum For Power Electronics and Motor
Drives,
Malik Elbuluk, University of Ohio
3:00pm  3:30pm The Status of Power Electronics Education in Jordan
and Related Issues
Sadeq Hamed, University of Jordan
3:30  4:00 Coffee Break
4:00  5:00 Open Discussion
 Thursday May 20
Session III: Research Activities in Power Electronics
Chair: Dr. Malik Elbuluk
9:00  9:30 Nonlinear large-signal control approaches for power converters
Philip Krein, University of Illinois
9:30  10:00 Complexities in Power Electronic Systems.
Ali Nayfeh, Virginia Tech
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10:00  10:30 Research on Motor Drive Technologies: Trends and Tradeoffs
Malik Elbuluk, University of Akron
10:30  11:00 Coffee Break (sponsored by PE/PEL)
Session IV: IEEE Meeting for PEL and PE Societies
Chair: Issa Batarseh
11:00pm - 1:00pm IEEE Meeting
Speakers: Souheil Odeh, The Status of IEEE in Jordan
Philip Krein, President of the Power Electronics Society
Saif Rahman, Vice President of the Power Engineering Society
1:00  2:30 Lunch (University of Jordan)
Session V: Research Presentations
Chair: Muhammed Shishian
2:30  3:00 Active Power Factor Corrections: Topologies and Dynamic
Issa Batarseh, University of Central Florida
3:00  3:30 Fuzzy Logic in Power Electronics and Motion Control
Mohammed Zeki Khedher, University of Jordan
3:30  4:00 Overview of AC Voltage Regulators
Sadeq Hamed, University of Jordan
4:00  4:30 Coffee Break
4:30  5:30 Open Discussion
 Friday, May 21
10:00 - 11:00 Committee Meeting - Final Recommendations.
11:00  5:00 US Team Visit to Jarash
 Saturday, May 22 - Full Day visit to Petra
 Sunday, May 23
11:00 - 1:00 Meeting at Jordan University for Science and Technology, Irbid
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1:00 - 2:00 Lunch at JUST
3:00 - 5:00 Visit to Umm Qais
 Monday May 24 - Return to the USA