The School of Industrial Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of Cantabria (UC) has received the Short-Term Stay Program Professor, Regan Zane, who is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at
Utah State University(USU).
Dr. Zane is also Founder and Director of the Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT), the Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) Research Facility and Test Track and Utah State University Power Electronics Lab (UPEL).
His research interests are mainly focused on the design, modeling and control of high efficiency, high frequency, high power density and high performance dc-dc, ac-dc, dc-ac power converters in emerging applications, such as bidirectional power converters for hybrid power systems in commercial and military applications, data centers, electrical micro-grids, grid-integration of renewables, electric vehicles, wireless and wired electric vehicle charging.
Likewise, Dr. Zane is an expert in the application of advanced digital control techniques to power electronic systems, such as control of stability, control of series/parallel combinations in modular and distributed systems, adaptive tuning in multi-input, multi-output control loops, on-line identification of control loop stability, identification of the possible deterioration of power converters and identification of bus or line impedance.
Amongst many other awards, of particular note are Researcher of the Year in 2017, ECE Department at Utah State University and the IEEE Power Electronics Society Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award received in 2008. He has more than 44 publications in specialized journals, more than 100 conference papers, and a total of 14 patents.
During his stay, which ends on the 31st May, Dr. Zane has conducted a varied academic program at the university campus, which has included four seminars entitled
'E-bike design'; 'Vehicle controller design'; 'Wireless power transfer'; and 'Electric roads: a vision for the future of transportation'.
Moreover, Zane has attended meetings at the UC Government Pavilion with the Rector, Ángel Pazos; the Vice-rector for the Coordination of Strategic Action, Marta Pascual; the Director of the School of Industrial Engineering and Telecommunications, Francisco Javier Azcondo; and the host professor, Christian Brañas.
UC SHORT-TERM STAY PROGRAM
The Short-Term Stay Program for Visiting Professors, an initiative aimed at attracting international talent which forms part of the UC's main goals as an International Campus of Excellence and receives funding from the Santander Bank, was set up in 2013 by the Vice-rectorate for the Coordination of Strategic Action.
Main image caption: from left to right, Francisco Javier Azcondo, Christian Brañas, Regan Zane, Ángel Pazos and Marta Pascual.