Electric motors and generators (machines) are essential to our modern way of life. As electric energy consumption steadily increases annually, these ubiquitous workhorses continue to be mass-produced for performing the pumping, heating, cooling, drilling, pressing, cutting, grinding, and moving that occurs every minute of every day. The construction and operation of electric machines is predicated on magnetism, but if it were electrostatics (static cling), what would change?Bio
: Daniel Ludois received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2012 and B.S. in Physics from Bradley University in 2006. Dr. Ludois currently serves as assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in UW–Madison’s College of Engineering, associate director of the internationally renowned Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Dr. Ludois’s research focus has been on broadening the horizons of capacitive coupling via new dielectric materials and high frequency power electronics. Applications include compact wireless power transfer for mobile and rotating equipment, brushless electric machine bearing current mitigation, electrostatic (e-field) machinery, and dual energy cores for integrated inductor-capacitors.
Dr. Ludois’s efforts in electrostatic machinery earned him national recognition via a 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a 2017 Moore Inventor Fellowship. This high-risk-high-reward work focuses on the removal of steel, copper, permanent magnets in electric machines, transitioning entirely to plastic and aluminum for lower cost and ease of manufacturing. Dr. Ludois has published >40 papers and has 16 issued and pending patents collectively. He currently teaches ECE 411 “Introduction to Electric Drives” and ECE 711 “Dynamics and Control of AC Drives” and advises 6 Ph.D. students.He is also cofounder and chief science officer of C-Motive Technologies, a start-up business dedicated to producing innovative, energy and cost-efficient electrostatic motors.