JiangBiao He, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and faculty member within the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky, received the 2021 Zucker Faculty Grant.
The Myron Zucker Faculty Grant program was established within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Foundation by the IEEE Awards Board in 1987. It is administered by the IEEE Industry Applications Society through its Zucker Grant Committee. Each year, two research projects are selected from the global Industry Applications Society, which has more than 14,000 members.
He's proposal was titled “High-Reliability Electric Propulsion Drives based on Digital Twin Technologies." This new project aims to enhance the reliability of electric propulsion drive systems with digital twin technologies, a virtual multi-physics modeling representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical propulsion system. The electric propulsion drive is the core component in electric transportation systems, including electric vehicles, airplanes, and ships, and improving the reliability of the propulsion drives will be of paramount importance. Contributions from this project will establish a cost-effective, accurate and robust reliability improvement framework for modern electric propulsion systems.