Advanced Power Electronics Lab

Established in June, 2011, the Advanced Power Electronics Lab (APEL) is solely devoted to the power electronics  with:

  • motor drive system
  • power supply
  • battery charger
  • wide-bandgap semiconductor switches
  • renewable energy
  • battery management system
  • and more

APEL Research Staff

About Dr. Hua (Kevin) Bai

Lab Director: Hua (Kevin) Bai was born in Chifeng City, Inner-Mongolia, China in 1980. He received BS and PHD degree from Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Bai was a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In July 2010 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kettering University, MI, USA as an assistant professor with tenure track, teaching Microelectronics (EE320), Power Electronics (EE424), and Battery Management System (EE591C). He is the director of Advanced Power Electronics Lab (APEL) and leads the power electronics group at Kettering, devoting the effort to vehicle electrification. In 2015 he got his early tenure and was promoted to associate professor.

His research interest is modeling, simulation and design of various power electronics systems, including variable speed motor drive system, high-efficiency and high-power battery chargers, photovoltaic inverter, electronics alternator in electric vehicles, and battery management system. From 2011, Bai, as PI, received ~$3M research funds from, DOE/PowerAmerica, Automotive OEMs (Chrysler LLC, Mahindra) and Suppliers (Hella, Bosch, Magna, Tenneco, etc) in the Michigan area. He is the author of one book (Transients of Modern Power Electronics), 38 peer-reviewed IEEE journal papers and 30 conference papers. Meanwhile he holds 8 industrial patents and acts as the associate editor of SAE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains. He sponsored 6 master students from 2011~2016.

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