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Virtual Open House for Design of Electric Motors, Generators, and Drive Systems

Title: Design of Electric Motors, Generators, and Drive Systems
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Time: 12 PM EDT
Duration: 60 minutes
Instructor: James L. Kirtley, Jr. and Steven B. Leeb

Electric actuators are common in daily life, as they’re present in vehicles, appliances, and smart devices. As more motors, generators, and drive systems are electrified it is essential for engineers and product designers to have a thorough knowledge of the physics, circuits, and energy necessary to achieve high-performing electrified machines.

Design of Electric Motors, Generators, and Drive Systems is a five-day on-campus course led by MIT professors James L. Kirtley, Jr. and Steven B. Leeb. In this course, engineers and product designers will dive into the physics of electromagnetic actuators and gain a deep understanding of how they work. Participants will learn to evaluate and design their own electric motors, generators, and drive systems to breathe life into electric machines and motion control applications.

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About the Faculty

James L. Kirtley Jr.

James L. Kirtley Jr. is a Professor Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning the S.B., S.M., E.E. and Ph.D degrees in 1968, 1968, 1969 and 1971, respectively. In 1974 and 1975 he was with General Electric in Schenectady, New York. In 1993 and 1994 he was Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. From 1998 until 2000 he was with SatCon Technology Corporation as Vice and General Manager of the Tech Center.

Steven B. Leeb

Steven B. Leeb currently serves as Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Leeb is concerned with the design, analysis, development, and maintenance processes for all kinds of machinery with electrical actuators, sensors, or power electronic drives. He is particularly interested in the study of mechatronics.


Why MIT Professional Education?

MIT Professional Education delivers timely, relevant programs to a global audience of scientists, engineers, technicians, managers, consultants, and others from industry, government, the military, non-profit, and academia. The MIT Professional Education mission is to provide a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge and expertise for those engaged in science and technology worldwide, through advanced education programs designed for working professionals. The programs are delivered by MIT faculty and promote technical excellence through ongoing educational engagement with communities of practice. Under the leadership of the School of Engineering, MIT Professional Education supports the development of creative leaders equipped to address complex problems.

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