Established in August 1998, the Center for Power Electronics Systems
(CPES) is one of the nation's relatively few National Science
Foundation engineering research centers. Its vision is to provide the
nation with the capabilities to become a world leader in power
Members of CPES include Virginia Tech, the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina
A&T State University, and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
The goal of CPES is to achieve a 10-fold improvement in the quality,
reliability and cost effectiveness of power electronic systems by 2008
through the innovative use of intelligent power electronic modules
(IPEMS) and advanced packaging techniques.
The CPES Industrial Partners Program includes members of the college's
Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC)
and the former Virginia Power Electronics Center (VPEC).