Established in June 2011, the Advanced Machines & Power Electronics Design (AMPED) Laboratory focuses on the development and testing of electrical machines and power-electronic circuit systems. Typical projects have an emphasis in:

  • Electric vehicle battery chargers (level 1, level 2, and DC fast chargers).
  • Electric alternator systems (e.g. 400 V to 12 V step-down converters).
  • Three-phase inverter / motor drive and grid-connected systems.
  • Three-phase permanent magnet synchronous machine design & construction.
  • Magnetics (inductor & transformer) design & construction.
  • Wireless charging circuits using low-frequency air-core transformers.
  • Battery management systems (cell monitoring, passive or active balancing).
  • Renewable energy conversion systems (solar & wind energy harvesting).

Lab Station
AMPED laboratory test bench.

Lab Workstation
AMPED lab student workstation.

Lab Director: Allan R. Taylor received the B.S. and M.S. degrees (with honors) in electrical engineering from Kettering University, Flint, MI, USA, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan in 2019, under the direction of Dr. Fang Z. Peng. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Research Assistant within the Advanced Power Electronics Laboratory, Kettering University, working under the direction of Dr. Kevin Bai, focusing on a variety of projects including dc/dc converters, inverter power-factor-correction systems, wireless chargers, battery management systems, and motor drives. From 2014 to 2019, he was a Lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Kettering University while working on his Ph.D. at Michigan State University. Since 2019, he has been working as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Kettering University. His research interests include power-electronics systems, electric motor-drive systems, battery management systems, and alternative energy systems. He is a co-inventor on two industry patents. Dr. Taylor is a member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He has co-authored over 20 IEEE journal & conference papers.

If you have questions regarding the capabilities of Prof. Taylor and the AMPED team, please send inquiries to ataylor@kettering.edu.