UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Maruf Hossain (Electrical Engineering) has co-authored a paper entitled, “Integrator-Less Method for Phase Angle Estimation of Fundamental Frequency Positive-Sequence Component Under Adverse Condition,” published in the reputed Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. This is an international collaborative work led by Hossain. The authors are grateful to Dean John Katers (College of Science, Engineering, and Technology) for his support in setting up the experimental lab, which was used to conduct this paper’s experiments. See the paper.
Supercharging the Future by Growing Our Own
GREEN BAY—There comes a time when you just need to grow your own. Such is the case with providing engineering talent in Northeast Wisconsin and UW-Green Bay’s efforts to meet the region’s needs. What started in 2015 with Engineering Technology degrees (mechanical, electrical and environmental) expanded to Mechanical Engineering in fall 2018. This fall, another piece of the puzzle falls into place when the University begins enrolling new freshman into its new Electrical Engineering program.
“UW-Green Bay is meeting the demand for engineers due to the manufacturing growth in the Green Bay area and the NEW North region,” said UW-Green Bay’s Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers. “As the economy continues to shift toward one of innovation and technology—even in historically important manufacturing sectors like the paper industry—electrical engineers are in high demand. Because we have such a strong employer base in the area who can offer internships and other hands-on experiences, we can grow that kind of talent right here. It’s very exciting to be able to meet this demand.”
The region’s need for more engineers has been well documented. According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, the need for the next generation of engineers is not being met by the current schools and programs in the UW System. That report indicates the need for electrical engineers in Wisconsin and in the New North in particular, where electrical engineers are imported from other states. (1) The New North region in particular demonstrates need for several types of engineers, especially electrical engineers, while lacking the educational programs to develop them locally. The Greater Green Bay Chamber Economic Development Strategic Plan (2) also emphasized the need for more engineers in the region and called for the expansion of engineering education programs, specifically at UW-Green Bay. National projections for growth in electrical engineering also remain strong at 8.6% through 2026. (3) In Wisconsin, growth in electrical engineering is projected to be 24%. (4)
According to Katers, the high demand for engineering talent presents a great opportunity for both high school graduates and adults considering a degree in electrical engineering. “Our engineering technology graduates see almost 100% job placement after graduation. The jobs are definitely out there in manufacturing, utility companies, research and development, and communication technologies.”
UW-Green Bay engineering students are able to test their skills in the 63,00 square foot, $15-million, state-of-the-art Brown County STEM Innovation Center at UW-Green Bay which houses the Resch School of Engineering, The Einstein Project, Brown County Extension and Brown County Land & Water Conservation. In addition, lab designs have been approved for a $5.7 million renovation of space to meet specific needs of Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology. Completion of this hands-on instructional space is expected by January 2022. For more, see the electrical engineering facilities page.
Bill Lynch, vice president of Engineering at Faith Technologies, a growing, nationally recognized electrical design-build construction firm, believes in growing the talent the region needs right here. “We believe the program at UW-Green Bay will enable prospective students who are unwilling or unable to attend universities outside of the area to obtain an engineering degree that would otherwise be unavailable to them,” Lynch shared. “We also believe enabling students to obtain advanced degrees from a University close in proximity encourages them to remain in the local communities of Northeast Wisconsin.” Faith employs in excess of 100 electrical engineers to support design-build electrical projects.
New freshman can enroll immediately in the four-year Electrical Engineering degree starting this fall. The program includes required courses on electrical circuits, electronic devices, signals and systems, and energy conversion. Elective courses can include subject areas on advanced programmable logic controllers and automation, electrical power systems, and communications. For more information: www.uwgb.edu/electrical-engineering/
Resch School of Engineering
The Resch School of Engineering is the fastest growing school at UW-Green Bay, enrolling students across the following programs: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology (electrical, environmental, mechanical), Mathematics and Science, and Mechanical Engineering. UW-Green Bay named its expanded School of Engineering after Richard J. Resch, following his $5 million lead gift in 2018 to help build the Brown County STEM Innovation Center at UW-Green Bay.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.
- National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), “Baccalaureate and Master’s Engineering Degree Supply and Demand in Wisconsin” submitted to the University of Wisconsin System (2015).
- Greater Green Bay Chamber, “Economic Development Strategic Plan” (May 2017).
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections.
- U.S. Department of Labor, Career Onestop, Projected Employment for Electrical Engineers in Wisconsin.
Associate Professor Maruf Hossain (Electrical Engineering) has co-authored two papers entitled “Three-Phase PLL Based on Adaptive Clarke Transform under Unbalanced Condition” and “A Demodulation-Based Method for Instantaneous Phase Angle Estimation of Unbalanced Three-Phase Voltage Systems,” which have been accepted for publication in the reputed Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Industrial Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, respectively. This is an international collaborative work with three professors from Bangladesh, Australia, and the USA.
“A Demodulation-Based Method for Instantaneous Phase Angle Estimation of Unbalanced Three-Phase Voltage Systems” can be found here.
Three-Phase PLL Based on Adaptive Clarke Transform under Unbalanced Condition can be found here.
All the authors are grateful to Dean John Katers (College of Science, Engineering, and Technology) for his continuous supports in setting up the experimental labs, which were used to conduct both paper’s experiments.
Resch School of Engineering Associate Prof. Maruf Hossain was the keynote speaker to celebrate the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Day organized by several institutes, including the IEEE PES Bangladesh Section.
Every year IEEE celebrates the IEEE PES Day worldwide, and this year’s theme is “Clean Energy Revolution”. The title of Prof. Hossain’s talk was “Wind Energy Conversion Systems and Future Research Opportunities.” Due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the session was virtual. However, the organizers observed enthusiastic engagements among the participants during this session.
UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Md. Maruf Hossain (Electrical Engineering) is featured in the regional “I Mask Campaign” by Brown County to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. You can watch the short video on YouTube.
Resch School of Engineering Associate Professor Maruf Hossain (Resch School fo Engineering) has co-authored a paper entitled “Fast Estimation of Phase Angle for Three-Phase Voltage Systems under Distorted Conditions,” which has been accepted for publication in the reputed Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. This is an international collaborative work with other three professors from Bangladesh, Denmark and USA.
Richard J. Resch School of Engineering students Rick Todd Kaske Jr. and Brady Connaher, both Electrical Engineering Technology majors, jointly with Associate Prof. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz, recently authored a scholarly article entitled, “Smart Greenhouse Project: A Sustainability-focused Learning Experience for Undergraduates,” at the second EAI International Conference on Sustainable Energy for Smart Cities (EAI SESC 2020), Dec. 3, 2020. Details on the article and its abstract can be found at this website (check for session 1.2, 11:00 – 12:30).
Or, see more details on the conference.
UW-Green Bay alumnus CJ Elger’s ’19 (Master of Data Science) went to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays, “And it’s not because of anything he did on the field.” Elger combined his life-long love of baseball with a passion for computer science and is now is in his fourth season working with the Rays verifying and analyzing statistical data for the team.
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Resch School of Engineering, Mohammad Upal Mahfuz, has recently co-authored a scholarly article entitled, “Spatial Nanomechanical Communications Based on State Transitions,” in the renowned IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience journal published by the IEEE, Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/TNB.2020.2986299, Print ISSN: 1536-1241, 12 pages. The article presents a novel framework of a nanomechanical communication system. Details on the article and its abstract can be found at this website link.
UW-Green Bay’s Resch School of Engineering electrical engineering technology students of the ET 342 (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition – SCADA) class led by Assistant Prof. Mohammad U. Mahfuz, visited the Georgia-Pacific Green Bay facilities on Oct. 16, 2019 as a part of their course. At Georgia-Pacific, the students had an invaluable opportunity to learn numerous aspects of a practical SCADA system in operation, which have enhanced their SCADA learning experience. The team express their thanks and gratitude to the Georgia Pacific colleagues for providing their time and continuous support to the the University.