ECE Professor and Student Honored for Presentation on Research

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Dr Jaber Abu-Qahouq, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in The University of Alabama College of Engineering, and Zhigang Dang, doctorate student, were honored for a presentation of research on wireless power transfer systems at a recent conference.

The presentation, “Modeling and Investigation of Magnetic Resonance Coupled Wireless Power Transfer System with Lateral Misalignment,” received the outstanding presentation award at the 2014 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition.

IEEE APEC’ 2014 was during March in Fort Worth, Texas, and it is the premier conference in power electronics area.

The paper and presentation discussed theoretical analysis, 3-dimentional physical modeling and simulations along with high efficiency practical design optimization for laterally misaligned wireless power transfer systems with magnetic coupling and magnetic resonance coupling. The presentation identified the high and low efficiency regions of operation when the wireless power receiver is not laterally aligned with the wireless power transmitter and showed how the system can be designed with high efficiency under operation with lateral misalignment (high efficiency region is extended.)

Wireless power transfer using magnetic coupling and magnetic resonance coupling is promising and important for many applications such as future consumer electronics and future electric vehicles among others.

Dr. Jaber Abu Qahouq researches wireless power transfer systems with magnetic coupling and magnetic resonance coupling targets improving efficiency and reducing size of these systems by using variety of methods and concepts.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.