ISU engineer receives $400,000 grant to optimize electric motor designs

Iowa State University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Dionysios Aliprantis. Photo courtesy of Iowa State University.

Dionysios Aliprantis, an assistant professor at Iowa State University, received a five-year $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund his research on the optimization of electric motors and generators.

The grant is part of the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, and will fund Aliprantis’ work as he develops computer modeling technology that will help engineers craft electric motors into new, more powerful designs.

 “The goal is to get more power out of the same size motor,” said Aliprantis. “Or, that could mean getting the same power with a smaller motor.”

However, Aliprantis is not expecting a massive increase in performance.

“I’m looking for a little bit of increase, maybe 5 percent or 1 percent,” he said. “But multiply that number by the number of hybrid cars, let’s say, and you could get savings in the billions of dollars. The potential here could be huge.”

For more information, read the full Iowa State University news release.

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