Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Lab Officially Opens at Stony Brook University
Hauppauge, NY – Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of custom high voltage power conversion and X-Ray products, announces that the long-awaited, COVID-delayed, official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Lab at Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) took place on Tuesday, April 12. The ceremony began at 5 p.m. followed by a reception at the Lab.
Petar Djuric, Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University, welcomed guests including Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Interim Dean Jon Longtin, members of both the Dean’s Council and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, as well as many members of Spellman High Voltage’s Leadership Team and Engineering staff. Dean Longtin also introduced Fang Luo, Director of the Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Laboratory and SUNY Empire Innovation Associate Professor.
“This collaboration is one of the few in the field of high voltage power electronics, and it allows Spellman to continue its long history of advancing technology for high voltage energy conversion. At the same time, this Lab enables Stony Brook to accelerate our work in alternative energy and power conversion systems – a focus that is central to the preservation of our climate, our cities, our waters – of the key components of our lives. And of course, the Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Lab provides our students with hands-on experiential training that will give them a competitive edge for internships, graduate school, high-paying jobs and purposeful careers,” according to Professor Djuric.
Spellman is no stranger to innovation, having helped pioneer the modern helical CT scanner by providing the first ever generator mounted on a continuously rotating gantry. Additionally, Spellman helped design the high voltage converters used to separate DNA segments, which led to the sequencing of the human genome. The company has also been involved in early-stage research in nanotechnology and designing high voltage converters that enable efficient transmission of data across underwater fiber optic cables that power the Internet, among many other advances in technology.
“With this gift, Spellman continues to aid in the advancement of technology for high voltage energy conversion, an effort that has rapidly gained significance as the need for more energy power electronics applications has increased,” added Dr. Loren Skeist, President and CEO of Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.
“High voltage power is the unsung, invisible force that ensures our health, safety and security day in and day out,” said Fang Luo, “and yet there is a dearth of college programs to train the power electronics professionals of tomorrow. This lab and the investment Spellman High Voltage Power has made in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the solution to this problem. Our students receive theoretical training AND real-world experiences in the Spellman lab, and they learn how to safely work on controlling electrical power — increasing low voltage to hundreds of thousands of volts.”
Much of what the college is working on includes alternative energy and power conversion systems such as wind power generators, fuel cells, hybrid electric vehicles and all-electric ships and aircraft propulsion systems. ECE’s research vision is to enable advances in power electronics that will contribute to dramatic improvements in the performance, reliability and cost-effectiveness of a wide range of equipment and electric energy processing systems. “The new Spellman Power Electronics Lab is on course to becoming a Center for Excellence for New York State, as it plays a central role in the creation of a future powered by sustainable energy,” added Dr. Luo.
The new lab offers students the hands-on experiential training that will give them a competitive edge for internships, graduate school, future jobs and purposeful careers, and many of these may be found at Spellman, about 20 miles away in Hauppauge. “This is a win for the students in this innovative program, for Stony Brook University and for Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation, “ added Dr. Skeist.
About Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.
Spellman High Voltage Electronics is the world's leading independent supplier of custom designed and standard precision DC-DC high voltage power supplies, X-Ray generators and Monoblock® X-Ray sources for medical, industrial, semiconductor, security, analytical, laboratory, and under-sea cable power-feed applications. With design, manufacturing and service facilities in the US, UK, Mexico, China and Japan, and direct sales offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America, Spellman is committed to supporting advanced system providers and their customers throughout the world. Spellman advances medical care, industrial processes, quality control, scientific research, security and telecommunications by providing innovative high voltage power conversion solutions that enable equipment manufacturers to achieve their systems’ performance, reliability, and cost goals.
About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stonybrooku/ ) and Twitter(@stonybrooku).