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Director's Message

Dear Students, Alumni, Sponsors, and Friends,

The Electric Power and Power Electronics Center (EPPEC) has been established on the unique strengths of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) to become a leader in the areas of electric power, power electronics, electric machines, motor drives, and vehicular power systems. IIT has a long history of offering one of the finest electrical power programs since 1930's and sponsored the important American Power Conference for over fifty years. As the only institution in the Chicago area that offers higher education in power engineering, IIT supplies a great many power engineers and research scholars to regional companies and throughout the industry/academia in the U.S. and around the world. EPPEC faculty members have been particularly successful in raising federal and industrial support for conducting research and establishing new state-of-the-art research and educational laboratories. In addition to government funding, we have recently received over $2 million from non-government sources including the Grainger Foundation to build several new research/teaching laboratories and establish scholarships to help attract the best and brightest to study power engineering at IIT.

EPPEC occupies about 25 percent of Siegel Hall, a historically important building designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1946. There are more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students involved in our educational and research activities on an annual basis. Hundreds of important research papers, scholarly books, awards, and leadership at industry conferences all attest to the phenomenal growth and influence of EPPEC.

Our strategic plan includes two main initiatives. Our first priority is to lead an unprecedented global effort in accelerating market penetration of advanced vehicles through our newly established Industry/Multi-university Consortium on Advanced Automotive Systems (IMCAAS). IMCAAS mission is to make a leading contribution in the field of automotive electrical systems (mainly automotive power electronics and motor drives) for advanced automobiles, primarily hybrid electric vehicles. Our second priority is to continue and accelerate EPPEC's exceptional growth and raise an additional $5 million during the next five years for an endowment that will provide support for the Center in perpetuity.

We have also developed a unique long-term plan to integrate education, research, business, and leadership. Business aspects include realistic constraints and implementation issues such as cost, packaging, manufacturability, reliability, sustainability, and safety. In addition, we are an important part of the IIT Energy and Sustainability Institute. We are also heavily involved in IIT's technology transfer activities to commercialize our innovative technologies through IIT's Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. I invite you to look at our Web page and contact us if you have any questions or need any further information.

Ali Emadi
Professor & Director, Electric Power and Power Electronics Center
2005 Electric Power and Power Electronics Center at Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60616-3793
Updated on May 26, 2006