AMPED Consortium Receives Suite of Equipment from Keysight Technologies to Enhance Power Magnetic Research Capabilities at the Energy Innovation Center
Keysight Technologies, a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, has donated a suite of essential testing equipment to the Advanced Magnetics for Power & Energy Development (AMPED) Consortium, coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. The equipment will significantly enhance the consortium members’ capabilities in testing and developing new magnetic materials for power and energy applications.
The suite will be housed in the Energy Innovation Center (EIC), a not-for-profit organization in Pittsburgh’s Hill District that seeks to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets through community engagement, workforce development and education, technology development and business incubation.
“The donation from Keysight will greatly enhance the AMPED lab facilities at the EIC and open up opportunities for testing and measuring new materials for high voltage electrical applications,” said Brandon Grainger, co-director of AMPED, Eaton Faculty Fellow, and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Pitt. “We’re incredibly grateful for Keysight’s contribution which will allow researchers to do critical measurements, and will familiarize students with these core instruments.”
Keysight’s test equipment will enable researchers to perform high-end characterization of magnetic materials and devices, including the standardization of magnetic core and sensor measurements important for a number of applications including electric vehicles, grid integration of renewables, and other electrical power conversion applications.
“The suite of instrumentation donated by Keysight will help us with our own individual group research efforts, but most importantly, it will also broadly allow students at Pitt and other university partners of the AMPED consortium to access the facilities for their research as well. In addition, we will use the facilities to ultimately develop and offer hands-on laboratory course work focused around magnetic measurements in the AMPED space at the EIC,” said Paul Ohodnicki, AMPED director and associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Pitt. “This facility really is for everyone, and we are all grateful for the generous donation by Keysight.”
“Keysight has a strong history of supporting and enabling engineering education through sponsorship, mentoring, and technology assistance,” stated Noah Schmitz, Director of University Development at Keysight Technologies. “The innovative power and energy research being conducted at AMPED prepares the next generation of scientists to contribute to industry, while making the world a safer, cleaner, more energy efficient place for all of us. We’re proud to partner with Pitt in this endeavor.”