Atwater Kent Laboratories, 215
Alexander E. Emanuel
Energy is the magic manifestation that keeps us alive and warm. Energy keeps wheels turning, the sun shining, the hand writing, the earth spinning. I have dedicated my entire professional life to the study of energy-related problems, including the conversion of energy from one form to another. My primary focus has been in issues dealing with the quality of electrical energy. Some of the topics I continue to work on:
- active filters that help limit harmonic pollution
- the effect of voltage and current distortion on transformers, rotating machines, relays, and metering equipment
- improved conditioning systems
- the cost of harmonic pollution
- the integration of alternative energy sources in distribution systems
- using photovoltaic or double fed induction generators that simultaneously act like generators and active filters
- tracking harmonic polluting systems
Teaching and advising are an important part of my life. Good teaching requires the mastery of the topics I teach, the knowledge of what my students know and need to learn, and, most important, enthusiasm. Teaching is a great responsibility and privilege. I see my students as budding engineers, as future colleagues. I make a point to develop in them the following basic skills: to study effectively, to respect society and the environment, to take responsibility for their ideas, to think a problem through, and then to clearly communicate that problem. These skills are tools for a lifetime.
I have always considered myself an amatuer sculptor.
- power electronics
- high-voltage technology
- electromechanical devices
- power systems
- electromagnetic design
- BS, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology - Israel, 1963
- MS, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology - Israel,1965
- D.Sc., Technion, Israel Institute of Technology - Israel, 1969
- A.E. Emanuel, Power Definitions and the Physical Mechanism of Power Flow, John Wiley, 2010
- IEEE Std. 1459-2010, Standard Definitions for the Measurement of Electric Power Quantities Under Sinusoidal, Non-Sinusoidal, Balanced or Unbalanced Conditions, A.E. Emanuel, Chair.
- A.E. Emanuel, “The Randomness Power: Another New Quantity to be Considered,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2007, pp. 1304-08.
- K.J. Ferreira, A.E. Emanuel, “A Digitally Controlled Unity Power Factor Compensator for Pulse-Burst-Modulated Loads,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 25, No. 7, July 2010, pp. 1888-93.
- G. Todeschini, A.E. Emanuel, “Wind Energy Conversion System as an Active Filter: Design and Comparisons of Three Control Systems,” IET Renewable Power Generation, Vol. 4, No.4, July 2010, pp. 341-53.
- Author: Power Definitions and the Physical Mechanism of Power Flow, 2010
- 1982: Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching.
- 1986: Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Research.
- 1987 - 1990: George Ira Alden Professor of Engineering.
- 1990: Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant.
- 1992: Power Systems Instrumentation and Measurement Award for ANSI/IEEE Std. 120 (Chairman Working Group).
- 1998: R.H. Lee Award for Exposing False Energy Saving Devices.
- 1999: John Mungenast International Power Quality Award.
- 2001: Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Advising.
- 2008: Chairman’s Exemplary faculty Prize.