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Sreekant Narumanchi - VPPC 2022

Sreekant Narumanchi

ASME Fellow and Group Manager, Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines Group Center for Mobility Sciences


Title: Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines for Electric-Drive Mobility Applications

Abstract: Electronics, power electronics, and electric machines are becoming important for an array of mobility/transportation, renewable energy and energy efficiency applications. In this presentation, I will provide an introduction to NREL and my Group. Then, I will describe some challenges and opportunities for power electronics, electric machines and electric drives for mobility applications in particular. After that, I will give a brief overview of my Group’s research activities in these areas.

Bio: Sreekant Narumanchi is the Group Manager of the Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines (APEEM) Group within the Center of Integrated Mobility Sciences at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he is currently in his 18th year. He leads a Group of 14 researchers focused on electro-thermal, thermal-fluids, thermo-mechanical and reliability aspects of power electronics and electric machines. This includes investigation of various cooling technologies, thermal interface materials/interfaces, interconnects, as well as reliability of these components. His broad research interests include heat transfer, power electronics and electric machines thermal management, packaging and reliability. Over the years, his Group has collaborated with numerous institutions cutting across industry, universities, national labs, and other research institutions.

Sreekant is an ASME Fellow, an IEEE Senior Member, and has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and book chapters. Professionally, he is active as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, as an organizer for InterPACK (Topic, Track Chair, Technical Program Co-Chair, Conference General Chair) and ITherm conferences, on the ASME K-16 Committee on Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment, as Guest Editor of the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technologies Journal, on the Thermal Working Group of the IEEE Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap Committee, serving on the Scientific Advisory Board of the POETS NSF Engineering Research Center, serving on the External Advisory Board of the Washington State University School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, as well as a reviewer for numerous journals and federal agencies. He is also part of the Executive Committee of the ASME Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division.

Some of the external awards Sreekant has received include the 2022 THERMI Award, the 2020-21 Associate Editor of the Year Award from the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, 2018 ASME EPPD-K16 Clock Award, a 2016 R&D 100 Award, the Best Paper Award from the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging (2003), and the ASME 2013 InterPACK Conference Outstanding Paper Award. Within NREL, he received the 2013 NREL Outstanding Business Collaboration Award, and the 2009 NREL Staff Award for Outstanding Performance. Sreekant received a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (2003), M.S. from Washington State University (1999), and B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (1997), all in Mechanical Engineering.