New textbook from IEEE Press

March 1, 2018

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Drs. Vandana Rallabandi and Dan M. Ionel, with ANSYS authors and collaborators, are co-authors of a recently published textbook Multiphysics Simulation by Design for Electrical Machines, Power Electronics, and Drives, published by IEEE Press. The text provides and extensive overview of electric machine design optimization and its integration with power electronics and drives. Combining the knowledge of experts from academia and the software industry, this text delivers the multi-physics know-how based on practical electric machine design methodologies. Case studies are included from industrial practice and research and development projects.

The text is available now in traditional and eBook format.







Cheng Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

January 22, 2018

University of Kentucky Frank J. Derbyshire Professor of Materials Science Y.T. Cheng has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization announced Tuesday.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.

With the election of the 2017 class there are now 912 NAI Fellows, representing over 250 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes. The 2017 fellows are named inventors on nearly 6,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 32,000 issued U.S. patents.

Yang-Tse Cheng is the Frank J. Derbyshire Professor of Materials Science and professor of physics and astronomy (joint appointment) at the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining UK in the fall of 2008, he was a technical fellow and laboratory group manager for engineered surfaces and functional materials at the General Motors R&D Center.

For more about Dr. Cheng’s accomplishment click here.


Alumnus Stan Pigman Receives Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

December 15, 2017

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Mr. L. Stanley Pigman, UK alumnus and long-time supporter of PEIK, received the honorary doctoral degree at the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 15. An engineer and entrepreneur, Mr. Pigman graduated from UK as a first-generation college student in 1981 with a degree in mining engineering. After working with Sierra Coal, a subsidiary of General Electric, he joined with two colleagues to form Sugar Camp Coal, and eventually his own company, Pigman Coal Sales. He built several more businesses that own and lease coal properties. In 1999, Mr. Pigman established a scholarship program at UK for undergraduate engineering students from Kentucky with financial need. Since then, he has expanded the program and is very involved with the recipients. Overall, more than 80 “Pigman Scholars” have benefited from the generosity of Mr. Pigman and his wife, Karen. In addition to the scholarship program, the Pigmans also sponsor a leadership development institute for UK students, support student technical activities, including the UK solar car team, and graduate student research on power and energy topics. Mr. Pigman’s generous donations made possible the establishment of the endowments for the L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power and for L. Stanley Pigman Faculty Fellowship.