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Supercharging the Future

Professor Fang Luo, PhD, and Spellman CEO Loren Skeist, MD, inspect a 3D integrated high-voltage GaN power module that Luo fabricated for electric vehicles.
 Professor Fang Luo, PhD, and Spellman CEO Loren Skeist, MD, inspect a 3D integrated high-voltage GaN power module that Luo fabricated for electric vehicles.
Professor Fang Luo, PhD, and Spellman CEO Loren Skeist, MD, inspect a 3D integrated high-voltage GaN power module that Luo fabricated for electric vehicles.

Talk to anyone connected to the new power electronics program in Stony Brook’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and it’s clear they’re amped.

And it’s all thanks to a five-year pledge from Long Island-based Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation, creating the Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Laboratory.

In the mind of Spellman CEO Loren Skeist, MD, the partnership with Stony Brook is a win-win situation.

Collaborating with SUNY Empire Innovation Associate Professor Fang Luo, PhD, and others across Stony Brook’s campus will further energize Spellman’s own research efforts, give the company’s engineers greater exposure to the latest developments in closely allied electronics fields and help train the next generation of power electronics pioneers.

And, hopefully, those highly skilled workers will become Spellman’s workforce of the future.

“As a global company committed to supporting innovative technology companies around the world, we need to recruit diverse teams of the most talented people and provide career paths in a stimulating and inclusive environment,” says Skeist. “We believe that by partnering with Stony Brook, we can develop unique opportunities for people with a solid grounding in electronics-related technical and business fields to learn about and explore a variety of career paths while gaining experience working with international clients.”

For its part, Stony Brook is grateful for not only the generous support but also the ongoing collaboration with Spellman.

Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Laboratory will provide seemingly endless opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration at Stony Brook, from computer science and materials science to civil engineering and even the social sciences.

Partnerships like the Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Laboratory are critical to the success of Stony Brook’s engineering programs as they integrate the University’s commitment to experiential learning with real-time industry initiatives, standards and goals.

-Kate O’Brien, University Advancement

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