Developing the next generation of engineers is a critical component of the FREEDM Systems Center and NC State University. Students are encouraged to expand their expertise and gain real-world skills by developing relationships with the FREEDM Center’s industry member companies. In addition to recently hiring two former FREEDM Center students, Anirud Mulukutla and Vinay Baliga, industry member Earl Energy had three NC State engineering students work as interns this past summer.
Suraaj Doshi (May 2015), Michael Cothran (May 2015), and Ryan Shumate (2015) were all hired by Earl Energy to work on two of their newest projects. The first project is a combined effort by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army to build the prototype for their future line of portable, trailered hybrid generators. The second project is a U.S. Army effort to build a next generation Silicon Carbide power converter. These power converters will revolutionize the way power is delivered on the battlefield and will be 80% lighter, 70% less by volume, and 350% more powerful than current models.