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Dr David Wetz Jr

Name

[Wetz Jr, Dr David]
  • Associate Professor

Biography

David Wetz earned the B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Texas Tech University in 2003. He also earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 2004 and 2006 respectively. During his tenure at Texas Tech, he worked as an undergraduate and graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics where his research was focused in the areas of pulsed power system design, pulsed dielectric breakdown of liquids, and ion thruster optimization. He was recognized as the IEEE 2006 Pulsed Power Student of the Year. Upon graduation in 2006, he became a member of the research staff at the Institute for Advanced Technology (IAT) at the University of Texas at Austin as a Postdoctoral Fellow and later as a Research Associate. While employed there, his work was focused on advancing the development of electromagnetic launch systems. In 2008 he was recognized as an Outstanding Young Researcher at the 2nd Euro Asian Pulsed Power Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. In August of 2010, he joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington as an Assistant Professor. He received an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2011 and since joining UTA, his research has been focused in the areas of pulsed power, MicroGrid design and optimization, and understanding the limitations of using electrochemical energy storage devices in pulsed power systems.

Professional Preparation

    • 2006 PhD in Electrical EngineeringTexas Tech University
    • 2004 MS in Electrical EngineeringTexas Tech University
    • 2003 BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceTexas Tech University

Appointments

    • May 2014 to Aug 2014 ONR Summer Faculty Fellow
      Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division, Philadelphia, PA
    • May 2012 to Present Research Physicist Consultant
      Sotera Defense Solutions Inc.
    • Aug 2010 to Present Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2007 to Sept 2010 Research Asocciate
      University of Texas at Austin (UT)
    • May 2006 to May 2007 Postdoctoral Fellow
      University of Texas at Austin (UT)
    • Jan 2003 to May 2006 Resarch Assistant
      Texas Tech University

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Dec 2011 to July 2012 Electrochemical Society
    • Oct 2011 to Sept 2012 Directed Energy Professional Society
    • May 2006 to Present IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
    • Dec 2003 to Present Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • Dec 2002 to Present Tau Beta Pi
    • Dec 2002 to Present Eta Kappa Nu

Awards and Honors

    • Sep  2008 2008 Oustanding Young Researcher Award sponsored by Euro Asian Pulsed Power Society
      Description:

      This award is granted for researchers born 1977 and later. This award will honor the best publication of young scientists.

    • Jun  2007 2006 IEEE Pulsed Power Student of the Year sponsored by IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
      Description:

      Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award (established in 1997) to recognize outstanding contributions as a student in pulsed power engineering, science or technology.

    • Dec  2003 Gaduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from Texas Tech University sponsored by Texas Tech University Honors College
    • Dec  2002 Inducted into Tau Beta Pi (TBP) sponsored by Tau Beta Pi
    • Dec  2002 Inducted into Eta Kappa Nu sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu

Other Activities

    • Certifications
      • Feb 2003 Texas Engineer in Training (EIT)

Research and Expertise

  • Investigation on the Effects of Transients on Commercial Electric Meters

    Questions have arisen as to how the new electric Smart meters handle electrical transients when compared with the traditional mechanical meters. Research into these differences is being performed.

    Performed from May 2011 - August 2011

  • Pulsed Dielectric Breakdown of Liquids
    Thesis and dissertation research funded  from 2003 - 2006 by Sandia National Laboratories. The research was performed at Texas Tech Univeristy and was focused on developing a better understanding of the processes that lead to the dielectric breakdown of water and on developing ways to increase water’s dielectric strength in pulsed, high-voltage systems.
  • Development of Plasma Driven Electromagnetic Launcher for Low Cost Space Access
    As part of an AFOSR sponsored MURI from 2005 - 2010, research was performed at the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin to develop a plasma driven electric launcher capable of achieving muzzle velocities in excess of 7 km/s. This is the velocity needed for an object to exit into Low Earth Orbit. Experiments using novel rail geometies and insulators were performed. Velocities of 5.2 km/s were achieved.
  • Solid Armature Railgun Research

    Novel rail and insulator configurations were tested in a 1 MJ and 2 MJ electromagnetic launchers at the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin in order to better undstand the basic physics of sliding electrical contacts and the damage mechanisms that lead to the failure of railgun bores. The research was sponsored by the US Army and US Navy.  

  • Inductive Heating of Materials for the Study of High-Temperature Mechanical Properties

    A conductor material's mechanical strength decreases as its temperature rises but the magnitude of the degradation is dependent upon the rate at which the material is heated. In pulsed power experiments where the conductors can heat up to near there melting temperature in less than 1 ms, it is critical to understand the strength of the material when it is heated up at these rates. A novel inductive heater circuit topology was developed and installed on an an Electromagnetically Driven Expainding Ring experiment to study material strength as a function of heating rate. The research was sponsored by the US Army from 2006 - 2010 and was performed at the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin.  

  • Investigation of Aging Phenomena in Electrochemical Storage Devices when Cycled at Elevated Rates

    Research is being sponsored at UTA by the US Office of Naval Research to understand the ageing mechanisms that occur in electrochemical energy storage devices such as lithium-ion batteries, electric double layer capacitors, and lithium-ion capacitors when they are charged and discharged at rates several hundred times their rated C values. The research was started in April of 2011 and is funded through September 2014

  • Development of a MicroGrid Testbed at UTA

    A MicroGrid testbed is being installed at the University of Texas at Arlington. The testbed will have roughly 1 kW of wind energy, 2 kW of solar energy, 1.2 kW of fuel cell energy, 2 kW of battery storage, and a connection to the leagacy grid installed. The testbed will be used to develop and experiment with novel MicroGrid architectures and control strategies.

    Research was sponsored by the US Department of Energy from March 2010 - March 2013.

  • Fundamental Understanding of the Impact High Pulsed Power Loading has on a MicroGrid’s DC or AC Bus

    The electrical architecture on the battlefield, either on land within a forward operating base or on a movable platform such as a ship, must be able to power a wide range of conventional and advanced loads. Many of the advanced loads draw rapid high power bursts of energy from the grid and are typically powered using their own dedicated power supplies. As the DoD attempts to transform their existing electrical grids into a more intelligent MicroGrid, the impact this type of loading has on the central DC or AC bus must be studied. The focus in this work is to understand how these types of advanced loads impact the quality of the voltage on the main bus of a MicroGrid.

    Research funded by US ONR from March 2012 - February 2014

  • Hybrid Electric Gun Feasibility Study

    TRI/Austin has proposed to design, fabricate, and test an electro-thermal launcher as part of a feasibility test-bed for larger caliber launchers that will evolve into a replacement/upgrade for the C-RAM. Work at UT Arlington will focus on the electrical simulation modeling of the pulsed current discharge system.

    Research Sponsored by Texas Research Institute and the US Army from June 2011 - May 2014

  • Effects of Unbalanced Voltage on the Operation Performance of a Three-Phase Induction Motor

     A CoServ customer has reported having a problem with a three-phase submersible pump that is used to provide water to a neighborhood. The pump’s protection system frequently detects a phase imbalance and shuts down the pump system. Research is going to be performed to measure and understand the cause of the phase imbalance. A solution to the problem, that will both prevent pump damage and shutdown events will be developed, experimentally tested, and proposed to the customer.

    Research Sponsored from October 2012 - May 2013

  • Influence of High Pulsed and Continuous Magnetic Fields on the Corrosion and Microstructure of Metallic Conductors

    Research is being performed for the Office of Naval Research to understand how pulsed and continuous magnetic fields impact the rate of corrosion formation on metallic conductors 

    Research sponsored by US ONR from February 2013 - January 2014

  • Impact of Smart Meter RF Communications on Surrounding Electronics

    Research sponsored by CoServ Electric Co-Op is being performed to understand how why the RF communications within Smart Meters are causing interference in nearby electronic devices, in particular on GFCI electrical outlets.

    Research sponsored from June 2013 - May 2014

  • Cooling of Cylindrical Energy Storage Devices

    ThermAvant Technologies has proposed new and novel cooling geometries for high rate cylindrical energy storage devices. We are assisting with the characterization, modeling, and experimental validation of the cooling technologies.


    Work supported by ThermAvant and the US Office of the Secretary of Defense from June 2013 - December 2013

  • Fundamental Understanding of the Aging Phenomena of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices

    Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) from June 2012 – May 2013

  • Thermal Characterization of Cylindrical Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices through Analytical and Experimental Methods

    Research into how the thermal properties of electrochemical energy storage varies depending upon chemistry, age, and state of charge.

    Sponsored by US ONR from July 1, 2013 – August,  2013

Publications

      Conference Paper Forthcoming
      • A.F. Matasso, D.A. Wetz, and F. Liu, ‘The Effects Of Internal Pressure Evolution On The Ageing Of Commercial Li-Ion Cells,’ Abstract submitted to the 224th Electrochemical Society, San Francisco, California, October 27 – November 1, 2013.

        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      Forthcoming
      • B. Shrestha, P. Novak, and D.A. Wetz, ‘Evaluation of High C Rate Cycle Induced Aging on Low Impedance Lithium-Ion Batteries using In-Situ Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS),’ Abstract submitted to the 224th Electrochemical Society, San Francisco, California, October 27 – November 1, 2013.

        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      Forthcoming
      • Z. Ding, M. Liu, W.-J. Lee, and D.A. Wetz, ‘Autonomous Operation MicroGrid for Rural Electrification,’  Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, July 21 – 25, 2013, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article Forthcoming
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P. Novak, ‘Elevated Rate Cycling of High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices for Use as the Prime Power Source of an EM Launcher,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 41, Issue 5, pp. 1319 – 1325, May 2013.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2013
      • P.M. Novak, D.A. Wetz, and B. Shrestha, ‘Cycling Fatigue induced on Electrochemical Energy Storage Cells as a result of High C Pulsed Charging,’ Electrochemical Society Transactions, Vol. 50, No. 26, March 2013.

        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • B. Shrestha, D.A. Wetz, and P.M. Novak, ‘The Impact of High Pulsed Loading on the Fatigue of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices,’ Electrochemical Society Transactions, Vol. 50, No. 26, March 2013.

        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • B.M. Huhman, D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P.M. Novak, ‘Characterization of High Power Battery Cells and Analysis of Battery Module Cooling for Shipboard Pulsed Load Management,’ Proceedings of the 2013 American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Day, February 21-22, 2013, Arlington, VA.

        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2013
      • J.P. Kelley, D.A. Wetz, J.A. Reed, I.J. Cohen, G. K. Turner, and W.-J. Lee, ‘The Impact of Power Quality when High Power Pulsed DC and Continuous AC Loads are Simultaneously Operated on a MicroGrid Testbed,’ Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, April 22 – 24, 2012, Arlington, Virginia.

        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2013
      • B.M. Huhman, J.M. Neri, and D.A. Wetz, ‘Design of a Battery Intermediate Storage System for Rep-Rated Pulsed Power Loads,’ Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, April 22 – 24, 2013, Arlington, Virginia.

        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2013
      • D. T. Motes, A. E. Zielinski, D. Wetz, D. Surls, T. M. Least, J. A. Reed, and M. Mazurek, ‘Experimental Results from a Small Caliber Hybrid Electrothermal Launcher,’ Proceedings of the 60th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting / 9th Modeling and Simulation (MSS) / 7th Liquid Propulsion (LPS) / 6th Spacecraft Propulsion (SPS) / Joint Subcommittee Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 29 - May 2, 2013.

        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2013
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P. Novak, ‘High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage for Directed Energy Applications,’ SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars – Electron. Electr. Syst. / Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2013.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P.M. Novak, ‘Pulsed Evaluation of High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices,’ Accepted for Publication in the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, August 2013.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P. Novak, ‘Elevated Rate Cycling of High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices for Use as the Prime Power Source of an EM Launcher,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 41, Issue 5, pp. 1319 – 1325, May 2013.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, P. Novak, and Y. Chen, ‘Characterization of High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices for use in Naval Applications,’ Accepted for publication in the September 2013 issue of the ASNE Journal, Publication Pending.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • Z. Zhang, W-J. Lee, D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, J. Shi, A. Jackson, H. Honang and J. Fielder, ‘Evaluation of the Switching Surges Generated during the Installation of Legacy and ‘Smart’ Electric Metering Equipment,’ Pending Review to the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • B.M. Huhman, J.M. Neri, and D.A. Wetz, ‘Application of a Compact Electrochemical Energy Storage to Pulsed Power Systems,’ Accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Special Issue in October 2013.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • A. Jain, D.A. Wetz, S.J. Drake, J.K. Ostanek, S.P. Miller, J.M. Heinzel, ‘Measurement of Anisotropic Thermophysical Properties of Cylindrical Li-ion Cells,’ Paper in progress.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Poster Abstract 2013
      • B. Shrestha, P.M. Novak, and D.A. Wetz, Evaluation of High Power Energy Storage Devices for Use in Compact Pulsed Power Systems,’ Abstract only, Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference Proceedings, San Francisco, California, June 16 – 21, 2013.

        {Poster Abstract} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2013
      • B.M. Huhman, J.M. Neri, and D.A. Wetz, ‘Investigations into the Use of an LLC Converter for Rep-Rate Capacitor Charging Systems,’ Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference Proceedings, San Francisco, California, June 16 – 21, 2013.

        {Poster Abstract} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2013
      • J.P. Kelley, D.A. Wetz, G.K. Turner, and I. Cohen, ‘Integration of Pulsed Loads into a MicroGrid Architecture,’ Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference Proceedings, San Francisco, California, June 16 – 21, 2013.

        {Poster Abstract} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Conference Paper 2012
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, P. Novak, and Y. Chen, ‘Characterization of High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices for use in Naval Applications,’ Proceedings of the American Society of Naval Engineers Electric Machines Technology Symposium (EMTS) 2012, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 23-24, 2012. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P. Novak, ‘Pulsed Current Limitations of High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices,’ Proceedings of the 30th IEEE International Power Modulator Symposium and 2012 High Voltage Workshop, San Diego, California, June 3 – 7, 2012.(Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2012
      • Z. Ding, W.-J. Lee, D.A. Wetz, and C.-C. Tsai, ‘Evaluating the use of a MicroGrid as a Power Solution for Africa’s Rural Areas,’ Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 22 – 26, 2012.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2012
      • Z. Zhang, W-J. Lee, D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, J. Shi, A. Jackson, H. Honang and J. Fielder, ‘Evaluation of the Switching Surges Generated during the Installation of Legacy and ‘Smart’ Electric Metering Equipment,’ Proceedings of the 48th Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, May 20 – 24, 2012.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2012
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P. Novak, ‘Elevated Rate Cycling of High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices for Use as the Prime Power Source of an EM Launcher,’ Proceedings of the 16th International Electromagnetic Launch Symposium (EML), Beijing , China, May 15-19, 2012.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2012
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P. Novak, ‘High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage for Directed Energy Applications,’ Proceedings of the SAE 2012 Power Systems Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, October 30 – November 1, 2012. 1.D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, and P. Novak, ‘High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage for Directed Energy Applications,’ SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars – Electron. Electr. Syst. / Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2013.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2012
      • D.A. Wetz, P. M. Novak, and B. Shrestha, ‘Development of a Power Electronic Test Stand for the Elevated Rate Recharge of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices,’ Proceedings of the 2012 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and Exposition, February, 5-9, 2012, pp. 2159 – 2166, Orlando, Florida. (Poster Presentation)
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2012
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, P. Novak, and Y. Chen, ‘Cycling of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices at Elevated Rates,’ Journal of Directed Energy, Vol. 4, No.4, Summer 2012, pp. 211 – 231.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • B. Shrestha, D.A. Wetz, and P. Novak, ‘Pulsed Elevated Rate Discharge of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 40, No. 10, Part: 1, 2012, pp. 2462 – 2469.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • P. Novak, D.A. Wetz, and B. Shrestha, ‘Fast Recharge of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices at Pulsed Elevated Rates,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 40, No. 10, Part: 1, 2012, pp. 2416 – 2424.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • R.W. Karhi, D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, and M. Giesselmann, ‘Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Breech Fed and 40 – Distributed Energy Stage Plasma Arc Railguns,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 40, No. 10, Part: 1, 2012, pp. 2637 – 2645.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2011
      • D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, P. Novak, and Y. Chen, ‘Cycling of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices at Elevated Rates,’ Proceedings of the 14th Annual Directed Energy Symposium, November 14-18, 2011, San Diego, California. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2011
      • B. Shrestha, D.A. Wetz, P. Novak, G. Sarkar, J. Kelley, and J. Reed, ‘Discharge of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices at Elevated Rates for Driving Pulsed Power Applications,’ Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 19-23, 2011.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2011
      • P. Novak, D.A. Wetz, B. Shrestha, G. Sarkar, J. Kelley, and J. Reed, ‘Recharge of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices at Pulsed Elevated Rates,’ Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 19-23, 2011.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2011
      • R.W. Karhi, D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, M. Giesselmann, and I. El-Dana, ‘A 40-Stage DES Plasma Arc Railgun, Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 19-23, 2011. (Invited Oral Presentation given by D.A. Wetz)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2011
      • D.A. Wetz, T. Watt, D. Surls, and M.T. Crawford, ‘Investigation into the Behavior of Armature Ejecta in Electromagnetic Launchers,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 947 – 952, March 2011.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • D.A. Wetz, D. Landen, S. Satapathy, and D. Surls, ‘Inductive Heating of Materials for the Study of High-Temperature Mechanical Properties,’ IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Vol. 18, Issue. 4, pp. 1342-1351, August 2011.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • R.W. Karhi, D.A. Wetz, M. Giesselmann, J.J. Mankowski, J. Diehl, and P.M. Kelley ‘A 40-Stage Synchronous Distributed Energy Railgun,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 39, Issue 4, Pages: 1192-1197, April, 2011.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • D. Motes, M. Crawford, J. Ellzey, F. Stefani, and D.A. Wetz, ‘An Investigation of Internal Gas Dynamics for an Electrothermal Launcher,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 39, Issue 2, Pages: 802 – 808, February, 2011.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • D.A. Wetz, F. Stefani and I.R. McNab, ‘Experimental Results on a 7 m Long Plasma-Driven Electromagnetic Launcher,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 39, Issue 1, Part 1, pp. 180 – 185, January 2011.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2010
      • R.W. Karhi, D.A. Wetz, M. Giesselmann, J.J. Mankowski, J. Diehl, and P.M. Kelley, ‘A 40-Stage Synchronous Distributed Energy Railgun,’ Proceedings of the 15th International Electromagnetic Launch Symposium (EML), Brussels, Belgium, May 17-20, 2010.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2010
      • D. Motes, M.T. Crawford, J. Ellzey, F. Stefani, and D.A. Wetz, ‘An Investigation of Internal Gas Dynamics for an Electrothermal Launcher,’ Proceedings of the 15th International Electromagnetic Launch Symposium (EML), Brussels, Belgium, May 17-20, 2010.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2010
      • D.A. Wetz, F. Stefani,and I.R. McNab, ‘Experimental Results on a 7 m Long Plasma-Driven Electromagnetic Launcher,’ Proceedings of the 15th International Electromagnetic Launch Symposium (EML), Brussels, Belgium, May 17-20, 2010. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2010
      • D.A. Wetz, T. Watt, D. Surls, and M.T. Crawford, ‘Investigation into the Behavior of Armature Ejecta in Electromagnetic Launchers,’ Proceedings of the 15th International Electromagnetic Launch Symposium (EML), Brussels, Belgium, May 17-20, 2010. (Poster Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Conference Paper 2009
      • R.W. Karhi, M. Giesselmann, D.A. Wetz, and J. Diehl, ‘Development of a 40-Stage Distributed Energy Railgun,’ Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, pp. 747 – 752, Washington, D.C., June 29 – July 2, 2009.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2009
      • D. Motes, M.T. Crawford, J. Ellzey, F. Stefani, and D.A. Wetz, ‘An Investigation of Internal Gas Dynamics for an Electrothermal Launcher,’ Proceedings of the 56th JPM / 39th P&EDCS / 28th RNTS/ 24th S&EPS / 17th NDES, April 14th – 17th, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2009
      • D.A. Wetz, I.R. McNab, F. Stefani, and J.V. Parker, ‘Latest Developments on a Plasma Driven Railgun for Launch to Space,’ Proceedings of the 56th JPM / 39th P&EDCS / 28th RNTS/ 24th S&EPS / 17th NDES, April 14th – 17th, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2009
      • D.A. Wetz, I.R. McNab, F. Stefani, D. Motes, and J.V. Parker, ‘Developments in Making Space Access Rapid and Affordable Using a Plasma Railgun,’ Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, pp. 742 – 746, Washington, D.C., June 29 – July 2, 2009. (Oral Presentation)  
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2009
      • D. Motes, J. Ellzey, S. Levinson, J.V. Parker, F. Stefani, and D.A. Wetz, ‘A Study of Electrothermal-Launcher Efficiencies and Gas Dynamics,’ IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 45, Issue 1, Part 2, pp. 568 – 573, January 2009.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2009
      • D. Landen, D.A. Wetz, S. Satapathy, and S. Levinson, ‘Electromagnetically Driven Expanding Ring with Pre-Heating,’ IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 45, Issue 1, Part 2, pp. 598 – 603, January 2009.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2009
      • D.A. Wetz, F. Stefani, J.V. Parker and I.R. McNab, ‘Advancements in the Development of a Plasma-Driven Electromagnetic Launcher,’ IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 45, Issue 1, Part 2, pp. 495-500, January, 2009.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2009
      • D.A. Wetz, I.R. McNab, F. Stefani, and J.V. Parker, ‘Electromagnetic Launch to Space,’ Acta Physica Polonica A, Vol. 115 No. 6, June, 2009.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2008
      • D. Surls, D.A. Wetz, M.T. Crawford, T. Watt, and B. Minchew, ‘Rail Interface Insulator Damage in High-Energy Launch Conditions,’ DoD Innovative Science & Technology EM Railgun Workshop, September 23-25, 2008, Albuquerque, NM.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2008
      • S.Satapathy, D.A. Wetz, C. Lindsey, and T. Watt, ‘High Energy Testing of a Novel Railgun Bore Geometry,’ DoD Innovative Science & Technology EM Railgun Workshop, September 23-25, 2008, Albuquerque, NM.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2008
      • D. Motes, J. Ellzey, S. Levinsion, J.V. Parker, F. Stefani, and D.A. Wetz, ‘A Study of Electrothermal Launcher Efficiencies and Gas Dynamics,’ Proceedings of the 14th International Electromagnetic Launch Symposium (EML),pp. 1 – 6, Victoria, BC, Canada, June 10-13, 2008.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2008
      • D. Landen, D.A. Wetz, S. Satapathy, and S. Levinson, ‘Electromagnetically Driven Expanding Ring with Pre-Heating,’ Proceedings of the 14th International Electromagnetic Launch Symposium (EML), pp. 1 – 6, Victoria, BC, Canada, June 10-13, 2008.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2008
      • D.A. Wetz, I.R. McNab, F. Stefani, and J.V. Parker, ‘Electromagnetic Launch to Space,’ Proceedings of the 2nd Euro Asian Pulsed Power Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, September 22-26, 2008. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2008
      • D.A. Wetz, F. Stefani, J.V. Parker, and I.R. McNab, ‘Development of a Plasma-Driven Railgun to Reach 7 km/s,’ Proceedings of the 28th International Power Modulator Symposium and 2008 High Voltage Workshop, pp. 85 – 88, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 27-31, 2008. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2008
      • D.A. Wetz, D. Landen, S. Satapathy, D. Surls, S. Levinson, and M.T. Crawford, ‘Development of a Pumped LC Tank Circuit for Use in an Adiabatic Pulsed Inductive Heating Application,’ Proceedings of the 28th International Power Modulator Symposium and 2008 High Voltage Workshop, pp. 415 – 418, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 27-31, 2008. (Poster Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2008
      • D.A. Wetz, F. Stefani, J.V. Parker, and I.R. McNab, ‘Advancements in the Development of a Plasma-Driven Electromagnetic Launcher,’ Proceedings of the 14th International Electromagnetic Launch Symposium (EML), pp. 1 – 6, Victoria, BC, Canada, June 10-13, 2008. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2008
      • R.W. Karhi, J.J. Mankowski, J.C. Dickens, M. Kristiansen, and D.A. Wetz, ‘Secondary Arc Formation within a Distributed Energy Railgun,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 36, Issue 5, Part. 3, pp. 2738 – 2746, October 2008
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2007
      • I.R. McNab, F. Stefani, and D.A. Wetz, ‘Access to Space Using Electromagnetic Launchers,’ 7thProceedings of the International Symposium on Launcher Technologies, Barcelona, Spain, April 2-5 2007.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2007
      • I.R. McNab, F. Stefani, and D.A. Wetz, ‘An Airborne Launch to Space Concept,’ Proceedings of the 54th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting/5th Modeling and Simulation/3rd Liquid Propulsion/2nd Spacecraft Propulsion Joint Subcommittee Meeting, Denver, Colorado, May 14-17, 2007.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2007
      • D. Motes, D.A. Wetz, F. Stefani, J.V. Parker, and J. Ellzey, ‘A Plasma-Driven Pre-Injector for a Hypervelocity Railgun,’ Proceedings of the 54th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting/5th Modeling and Simulation/3rd Liquid Propulsion/2nd Spacecraft Propulsion Joint Subcommittee Meeting, Denver, Colorado, May 14-17, 2007.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2007
      • D.A. Wetz, F. Stefani, I.R. McNab, and J.V. Parker, ‘A Plasma-Driven Railgun Experiment Addressing Launch-to-Space Issues,’ Proceedings of the 54th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting/5th Modeling and Simulation/3rd Liquid Propulsion/2nd Spacecraft Propulsion Joint Subcommittee Meeting, Denver, Colorado, May 14-17, 2007. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2007
      • D.A. Wetz, F. Stefani, D. Motes, J.V. Parker, and I.R. McNab, ‘Development of a Plasma Railgun for Affordable and Rapid Access to Space,’ Proceedings of the 16th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, pp. 1799 – 1804, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 17-22, 2007. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2007
      • D.A. Wetz, D. Surls, D. Landen, S. Satapathy, and M.T. Crawford, ‘Inductive Heating of Materials for the Study of High-Temperature Mechanical Properties,’ Proceedings of the 16th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, pp. 1740 – 1744, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 17-22, 2007. (Poster Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Conference Paper 2006
      • B. McDaniel, J.J. Mankowski, D.A. Wetz, B. McHale, and M. Kristiansen, ‘A Bench Top Railgun with Distributed Energy Sources and Diagnostics,’ Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Megagauss Magnetic Field Generator and Related Topics, pp. 185 – 190, Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 5-10, 2006.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2006
      • B. McDaniel, J.J. Mankowski, D.A. Wetz, B. McHale, and M. Kristiansen, ‘A Bench Top Railgun with Distributed Energy Sources,’ Proceedings of the13th Electromagnetic Launch Technology Symposium, Potsdam, Brandenburg - Germany, May 22-25, 2006, pp. 185 – 190.  (This was also published as a refereed journal publication in the IEEE transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 43, Issue 1, Part 2, January, 2007 but my name was accidentally left off of it by the team as I had left Texas Tech prior to it getting sent off for publication)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2006
      • D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, D. McCauley, J.C. Dickens, and M. Kristiansen, ‘The Impact of Water Conductivity, Electrode Material, and Electrode Surface Roughness on the Pulsed Breakdown Strength of Water,’Proceedings of the 27th International Power Modulator Symposium and 2006 High Voltage Work Shop, pp. 104 – 107, Washington D.C., May 14-18, 2006.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2006
      • D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, J. Dickens, and M. Kristiansen, ‘Pulsed Breakdown in Water Under Various Conditions,’ Proceedings of the 3rd Japan-US Symposium on Pulsed Power and Plasma Applications, Kauai, Hawaii, August 6-9, 2006. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2006
      • D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, J.C. Dickens, and M. Kristiansen, ‘The Impact of Field Enhancements and Charge Injection on the Pulsed Breakdown Strength of Water,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 34, Issue 5, Part 1, pp. 1670 – 1679, October, 2006.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2005
      • D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, and M. Kristiansen, ‘The Impact of Electrode Area and Surface Roughness on the Pulsed Breakdown Strength Water,’ Proceedings of the 15th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, pp. 1163 – 1166, Monterey, California, June 13-17, 2005. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2005
      • D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, D.W. Belt, J.C. Dickens, and M. Kristiansen, ‘Optimization of a Small and Low Power Stationary Plasma Thruster,’ Proceedings of the 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, Tucson, Arizona, July 10-13, 2005. (Oral Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2005
      • D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, J.C. Dickens, and M. Kristiansen, ‘The Impact of Electrode Material on the Pulsed Breakdown Strength of Water,’ Proceedings of the 15th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, pp. 935 – 938, Monterey, California, June 13-17, 2005. (Poster Presentation)  
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2005
      • D.A. Wetz, K.P. Truman, J.J. Mankowski, and M. Kristiansen, ‘The Impact of Surface Conditioning and Area on the Pulsed Breakdown Strength of Water,’ IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 33, Issue 4, Part 1, pp. 1161 – 1169, August, 2005.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2004
      • J.J. Mankowski, K.P. Truman, D.A. Wetz, and M. Kristiansen, ‘Influence of Surface Roughness on the Pulsed Breakdown Strength of Rexolite®,’ Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on High Current Electronics, Tomsk, Russia, July 25-30, 2004
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2004
      • J.J. Mankowski, J.C. Dickens, K.P. Truman, D.A. Wetz, and M. Kristiansen, ‘Characteristics of Pulse Breakdown of Water,’ Proceedings of the 2nd Japan-US Symposium on Pulsed Power and Plasma Applications,Maui, Hawaii, August 4-7, 2004
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2004
      • K.P. Truman, J.J. Mankowski, D.A. Wetz, and M. Kristiansen, ‘The Effect of Area on Pulsed Breakdown in Water,’ Proceedings of the 26 th International Power Modulator Symposium and 2004 High Voltage Work Shop, pp. 126 – 128, San Francisco, California, May 23-26, 2004 
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2004
      • D.A. Wetz, J.J. Mankowski, K.P. Truman, and M. Kristiansen, ‘Impact of Surface Conditioning of Large Area Electrodes on the Dielectric Strength of Water’ Proceedings of the 26 th International Power Modulator Symposium and 2004 High Voltage Work Shop, pp. 512 – 515, San Francisco, California, May 23-26, 2004 (Poster Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Conference Paper 2003
      • D.A. Wetz, K.P. Truman, J.C. Dickens, J.J. Mankowski, and A. Neuber, ‘Short Pulse Electric Field Sterilization of Liquid Media,’ Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, pp. 1124 – 1127, Dallas, Texas, June 15-18, 2003. (Poster Presentation)
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Presentations

  • Past
    •  
      'Pulsed Breakdown in Water,' Program Review to Sponsors from Sandia National Laboratories, October, 2004. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'Large Gap & Volume Pulsed Breakdown in Water,' Program review to sponsors from Sandia National Laboratories, December, 2003. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
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      'Pulsed Breakdown in Water,' Program review to sponsors from Sandia National Laboratories, November, 2005. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'The Impact of Field Enhancements and Charge Injection on the Pulsed Breakdown Strength of Water,' Presented to pulsed power group at Sandia National Laboratories, March 2006. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'Multistage EM Railguns for Affordable Access to Space,' EM Railgun and Laser Propulsion Program Review, February 24, 2006, Arlington, Virginia. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'AFOSR MURI Annual Report 2006: Multistage Electromagnetic (EM) and Laser Launchers for Affordable Access to Space,' AFOSR Space Propulsion and Power Contractors Meeting, Annapolis, Maryland, September 25-29, 2006. (Oral Presentat
  • Past
    •  
      'Design and Testing of a Novel Rail Geometry,' (Classified Seminar) Applications of Electromagnetic Launch Technology, May 2-4, 2007, Washington, DC. (Poster Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'AFOSR MURI Annual Report 2007: Multistage Electromagnetic and Laser Launchers for Affordable, Rapid Access to Space,' Space Propulsion & Power Workshop Series, October 17-19, 2007, Huntsville, Alabama. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      Progress Update on the Development of a Plasma – Driven Hypervelocity Railgun,' 2008 NASA – JPL – AFRL – Advanced Space Propulsion Workshop, October 28-30, 2008, Pasadena, California. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'Analysis of Molten Aluminum Ejecta at the Armature – Rail – Insulator Triple Point,' DoD's Classified Workshop on the Applications of EM Launch Technology, September 8-10, 2009, San Antonio, Texas. (Poster Pr
  • Past
    •  
      'Design and Experimentation of an Insulator Test Protocol,' DoD's Classified Workshop on the Applications of EM Launch Technology, September 8-10, 2009, San Antonio, Texas. (Poster Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'Progress on the Development of a Plasma Driven Railgun to Achieve 7 km/s,' DoD's Classified Workshop on the Applications of EM Launch Technology, September 8-10, 2009, San Antonio, Texas. (Poster Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'Experimental Results from a Novel Medium-Caliber Geometry 2 Railgun Bore Configuration,' DoD's Classified Workshop on the Applications of EM Launch Technology, September 8-10, 2009, San Antonio, Texas. (Oral Presentation)<
  • Past
    •  
      'AFOSR MURI Annual Report 2009: Multistage Electromagnetic and Laser Launchers for Affordable, Rapid Access to Space,' AFOSR Chemical Propulsion Strategic Review Meeting, November 2-3, 2009, Los Angeles, California. (Oral Presenta
  • Past
    •  
      '60 Shot Test Series on the IAT's G2-V3 Core,' Launcher Innovative Prototype (LIPT) – Bore Life Consortium (BLC) Technical Interchange Meeting, Dahlgren, Virginia, November 17, 2009. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
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      'Aluminum Ejecta Investigation,' Launcher Innovative Prototype (LIPT) – Bore Life Consortium (BLC) Technical Interchange Meeting, Dahlgren, Virginia, November 17, 2009. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
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      'AFOSR MURI Annual Report 2010: Multistage Electromagnetic and Laser Launchers for Affordable, Rapid Access to Space,' AFOSR Space Propulsion and Power Contractors Meeting, Arlington, Virginia, May 11-13, 2010. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      'AFOSR MURI Annual Report 2010: Multistage Electromagnetic and Laser Launchers for Affordable, Rapid Access to Space,' AFOSR Space Propulsion and Power Contractors Meeting, Arlington, Virginia, May 11-13, 2010. (Oral Presentation)
  • Past
    •  
      Y. Chen, B. Deveney, D.A. Wetz, and J.A. Davis, 'SAFT Li-ion Technologies for Very High Power Applications,' Abstract submitted to the 2012 Power Sources Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 7-12, 2012. (Poster Presentation
  • Past
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      'Use of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices as the Prime Power of High Pulsed Power Systems', Invited presentation given at the University of Missouri (MU)National Security Seminar Series, October 17, 2012.
  • Past
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      'Elevated Rate Cycling of High Power Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices for Use as the Prime Power Source of an EM Launcher,' 4th DoD Innovative Science & Technology EM Railgun Workshop, November 6 – 9, 2012, Washington, DC.

Projects

  • 2013
    • July 2013 to Present All projects are listed above in the Research subtask
      All projects are listed above in the Research subtask
      Role: Other PI: Not Specified

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • July 2013 to Aug 2014 (PI) Thermal Characterization of Cylindrical Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices through Analytical and Experimental Methods sponsored by  - $152077
    • June 2013 to Dec 2013 (PI) Cylindrical Energy Storage Cooling Geometries sponsored by  - $21600
    • June 2013 to May 2014 (PI) Evaluation of a Smart Meter's RF Communication System on Nearby Electronics sponsored by  - $25346
    • Feb 2013 to Jan 2014 (PI) Influence of High Pulsed and Continuous Magnetic Fields on the Corrosion and Microstructure of Metallic Conductors sponsored by  - $25000
    • Oct 2012 to May 2013 (PI) Effects of Unbalanced Voltage on the Operation Performance of a Three-Phase Induction Motor sponsored by  - $54665
    • June 2012 to June 2013 (PI) Fundamental Understanding of the Aging Phenomena of Electrochemical Storage Devices when they are Cycled at Extreme Elevated Rates sponsored by  - $178180
    • Mar 2012 to Feb 2014 (PI) Fundamental Understanding of the Impact High Pulsed Power Loading has on a MicroGrid’s DC or AC Bus sponsored by  - $50000
    • June 2011 to May 2014 (PI) Hybrid Electric Gun Feasibility Study sponsored by  - $24000
    • May 2011 to Sept 2014 (PI) Investigation of Aging Phenomena in Electrochemical Storage Devices when Cycled at Elevated Rates sponsored by  - $558493
    • May 2011 to Aug 2011 (Co-PI) Evaluation of Switching Surges Associated With Smart Meters sponsored by  - $35557
    • Nov 2010 to Dec 2013 (Co-PI) Basic and Applied Research, Technical Services for Energy and Power Management sponsored by  - $27396
    • Apr 2010 to Mar 2013 (Co-PI) The Development of a Smart MicroGrid Testbed sponsored by  - $500000

Students Supervised

Collaborators

Courses

      • EE 4340-002 Concepts and Exercises in Engineering Practice

        Integration of technical knowledge and skills with project planning, teamwork, and communication skills (written and oral).  A project-oriented approach is used including the preparation of literature-based research reports, research proposals, product development proposals, and project management plans.  Supporting topics: technical information resources, ethics, safety, intellectual property.  Students will begin their engineering capstone design experience, including team formation, project selection, background research, and preparation of a preliminary project plan.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)

        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)

        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4340-002 Concepts and Exercises in Engineering Practice

        Integration of technical knowledge and skills with project planning, teamwork, and communication skills (written and oral).  A project-oriented approach is used including the preparation of literature-based research reports, research proposals, product development proposals, and project management plans.  Supporting topics: technical information resources, ethics, safety, intellectual property.  Students will begin their engineering capstone design experience, including team formation, project selection, background research, and preparation of a preliminary project plan.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)

        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours1 Document
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)

        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4340-002 Concepts and Exercises in Engineering Practice

        Integration of technical knowledge and skills with project planning, teamwork, and communication skills (written and oral).  A project-oriented approach is used including the preparation of literature-based research reports, research proposals, product development proposals, and project management plans.  Supporting topics: technical information resources, ethics, safety, intellectual property.  Students will begin their engineering capstone design experience, including team formation, project selection, background research, and preparation of a preliminary project plan.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)

        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4340-002 Concepts and Exercises in Engineering Practice

        Integration of technical knowledge and skills with project planning, teamwork, and communication skills (written and oral).  A project-oriented approach is used including the preparation of literature-based research reports, research proposals, product development proposals, and project management plans.  Supporting topics: technical information resources, ethics, safety, intellectual property.  Students will begin their engineering capstone design experience, including team formation, project selection, background research, and preparation of a preliminary project plan.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4340-002 Concepts and Exercises in Engineering Practice

        Integration of technical knowledge and skills with project planning, teamwork, and communication skills (written and oral).  A project-oriented approach is used including the preparation of literature-based research reports, research proposals, product development proposals, and project management plans.  Supporting topics: technical information resources, ethics, safety, intellectual property.  Students will begin their engineering capstone design experience, including team formation, project selection, background research, and preparation of a preliminary project plan.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Senior Design (Practicum)

        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 5309-004 Introduction to Pulsed Power

        Upon completion of this course students should be able to design pulsed power circuits,

        design pulse forming lines and high voltage switches, use Spice circuit simulator to solve

        various pulsed power circuits, understand the role materials plays in pulsed power,

        effectively use methods of grounding and shielding for pulse power testing, design

        diagnostics for the measurement of pulse power signals, and understand the applications of

        pulsed power technology.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Senior Design (Practicum)

        A practicum resulting in the design, construction, and evaluation of a device or system, building on electrical or electronic knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards. The application of project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, scheduling, and budgetary planning. The demonstration of the finished product/prototype through both oral presentation and a written project report. Mode of Instruction: Practicum.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4340-002 Concepts and Exercises in Engineering Practice

        Integration of technical knowledge and skills with project planning, teamwork, and communication skills (written and oral).  A project-oriented approach is used including the preparation of literature-based research reports, research proposals, product development proposals, and project management plans.  Supporting topics: technical information resources, ethics, safety, intellectual property.  Students will begin their engineering capstone design experience, including team formation, project selection, background research, and preparation of a preliminary project plan.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Senior Design (Practicum)

        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 5309-001 Renewable Energy Sources

        This course provides an introduction to the various types of renewable energy generation. Topics covered include wind energy conversion, solar energy conversion, fuel cells, and energy storage mediums   

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)
        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • EE 4340-002 Concepts and Exercises in Engineering Practice

        Integration of technical knowledge and skills with project planning, teamwork, and communication skills (written and oral).  A project-oriented approach is used including the preparation of literature-based research reports, research proposals, product development proposals, and project management plans.  Supporting topics: technical information resources, ethics, safety, intellectual property.  Students will begin their engineering capstone design experience, including team formation, project selection, background research, and preparation of a preliminary project plan.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours1 Link
      • EE 5309-004 Introduction to Pulsed Power
        This course provides an introduction to pulsed power technology and high voltage engineering. Topics covered include introduction to pulsed power, energy storage, voltage multipliers, pulse forming networks, insulation and breakdown, high power switching, high speed diagnostics, and pulsed power materials
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)
        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)
        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • EE 4349-002 Engineering Design Project (Practicum)

        Students will design, construct, and evaluate a device or system, building on knowledge and skills from earlier engineering coursework, supplemented with information from other sources, and incorporating appropriate engineering standards.Working as members of multidisciplinary teams they will apply project management techniques in order to meet design specifications through the effective allocation of team resources, time scheduling, and budgetary planning.Each team will demonstrate a prototype of their finished design, supported by an oral presentation and a formal, written project report.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • EE 5309-001 Renewable Energy Sources

        This course provides an introduction to the various types of renewable energy generation. Topics covered include wind energy conversion, solar energy conversion, fuel cells, and energy storage mediums   

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 5309-001 Introduction to Pulsed Power

        This course provides an introduction to pulsed power technology and high voltage engineering. Topics covered include introduction to pulsed power, energy storage, voltage multipliers, pulse forming networks, insulation and breakdown, high power switching, high speed diagnostics, and pulsed power materials

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 5309-001 Electric Motor Drive
        This course provides an introduction to pulsed power technology and high voltage engineering. Topics covered include introduction to pulsed power, energy storage, voltage multipliers, pulse forming networks, insulation and breakdown, high power switching, high speed diagnostics, and pulsed power materials
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • EE 5309-001 Renewable Energy Sources

        This course provides an introduction to the various types of renewable energy generation. Topics covered include wind energy conversion, solar energy conversion, fuel cells, and energy storage mediums

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • EE 5309-001 Renewable Energy Sources

        This course provides an introduction to the various types of renewable energy generation. Topics covered include wind energy conversion, solar energy conversion, fuel cells, and energy storage mediums

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

Other Teaching Activities

    • Undergraduate Researchers
      • NSF REU

        During the summer of 2012, two students (Caroline Storm and Paul Inman), performed research in my laboratory developing NI LabView control algorithms for implementation in the UTA MicroGrid

      • NSF REU

        During the summer of 2013, four students (Caroline Storm, Daniel Rendon, Lateef Taiwo, and Cheryl Limas), performed research in my laboratory developing NI LabView control algorithms for implementation in the UTA MicroGrid

Service to the Profession

  • Appointed
    • Sept 2012 to  Aug 2013 Guest editor of the August 2013 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation (TDEI)

      Served as one of two guest editors

    • Feb 2012 to  Feb 2012 Session Chair

      2012 Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Orlando, Florida, February 5 - 9, 2012, (Rectifier & Inverter: Modeling & Control Oral Session)

    • Jan 2012 to  May 2012 Program Committee Member

       2012 International Conference on Systems and Informatics (ICSAI), Yantai, China, May 19 – 21, 2012.

    • June 2012 to  June 2012 Session Chair

      2012 IEEE Power Modulator Symposium (PMOD), San Diego, California, June 3 – 7, 2012 (Dielectrics Poster Session)

    • Mar 2011 to  Mar 2011 Session Chair

      2011 Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Fort Worth, Texas, March 6 - 11, 2011, (Active Power Filter & Power Quality Oral Session)

    • Jan 2012 to  May 2012 Technical Program Committee Member

      2012 IEEE Power Modulator Symposium (PMOD), San Diego, California, June 3 – 7, 2012

    • July 2009 to  July 2009 Session Chair

      17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference (PPC), Washington D.C., June 29 – July 2, 2009 (Electromagnetic Launchers Oral Session)

    • Oct 2012 to  Oct 2012 Session chair

      ‘Lithium-Ion Batteries: Operational Methodologies’ oral session at the 222nd Electrochemical Societies PRIME meeting, October 7 – 12, 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii.

    • Feb 2012 to  Feb 2012 Technical Proposal Reviewer

      Oak Ridge Associated Universities (Nazarbayev University Review – Round 3)

    • July 2013 to  Oct 2014 Guest Editor

      October 2014 Special Issue of the Transactions on Plasma Science (TPS) on Pulsed Power Systems

    • Jan 2013 to  June 2013 Session Organizer and Chair

      Pulsed Power Diagnostics session of the 2013 IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, June 16-21, 2013, San Francisco, California

  • Elected
    • Jan 2012 to  Present Active elected member of the IEEE Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee

      The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Standing Technical Committee for Pulsed Power Science and Technology was formed January 1995 to sponsor the Pulsed Power Conferences, and further research and development of pulsed power and related technologies.

  • Volunteered
    • Aug 2006 to  Present Technical Reviewer
      •  IEEE Industry Applications Society (Transactions on Industry Applications)
      • IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (Transactions on Plasma Science)
      • IEEE Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems
      • American Institute of Physics (Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy)
      • IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (Transactions on Vehicular Technology)

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • Feb 2011 to  Present Thrust Area Coordinator

      EE Departments Digital and Microprocessor/Embedded Controller Systems Thrust

    • Jan 2011 to  Present Committee Chair

      EE Department's PhD Diagnostic Exam Committee

  • Volunteered
    • Oct 2010 to  Present Faculty Advisor

      Electrical Engineering Honor Society Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)

Other Service Activities

  • Review Panel Member
    • Mar 2013 Advisor

      University of Missouri at Columbia's $2,000,000 Electromagnetic Launch Congressional Earmark Program