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Ian Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: 

Siegel Hall 227

Phone: 

312.567.5981

Fax: 

312.567.8976

Email: 

Education 

Ph.D., ECE, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
M.S., ECE, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
B.S., Eng., Swarthmore College, 1999

Expertise 

Design and modeling of electric machines, adjustable speed drives, and power electronics applied to renewable energy systems and energy efficient power conversion.

Research 

Dr. Brown joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at IIT in August 2012. His broad research interests are in energy conversion with a focus on electric machines, adjustable speed drives, and their application to renewable energy sources and sustainability. He has developed design guidelines for induction machines to improve their self-sensing properties while preserving their power conversion capabilities, and he is interested to extend this work to address general issues in electric machine design and adjustable speed drives with the focus applied to technologies for renewable energy, sustainability, and transportation electrification. Dr. Brown brings to his research practical experience from his prior position as principal engineer at A.O. Smith’s Corporate Technology Center in the Electronics and Advanced Motor Technology Group, where he worked on both electric machine design and controls for adjustable speed drives.

Publications 

I.P. Brown, D.M. Ionel, and D.G. Dorrell, “Influence of Parallel Paths on Current Regulated Sine-Wave Interior Permanent Magnet Machines with Rotor Eccentricity,” IEEE Transaction on Industrial Applications, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 642-652, Mar.-Apr. 2012.

I.P. Brown and R.D. Lorenz, “Induction Machine Design Methodology for Self-Sensing: Balancing Saliencies and Power Conversion Properties,” IEEE Transaction on Industrial Applications, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 79-87, Jan.-Feb. 2011.

I.P. Brown, D.M. Ionel, and D.G. Dorrell, “Unbalanced Operation of Current Regulated Sine- Wave Interior Permanent Magnet Machines,” in Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Atlanta, USA, September 12-16, 2010, pp. 4123-4130.

X. Yuan, I.P. Brown, R.D. Lorenz, and A. Qui. “Observer-Based Inverter Disturbance Compensation,” in Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, San Jose, USA, September 20-24, 2009, pp. 2520-2527.

I.P. Brown and R.D. Lorenz. “Induction Machine Design Methodology for Self-Sensing: Balancing Saliencies and Power Conversion Properties,” in Proceedings of the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, Miami, USA, May 3-6, 2009, pp. 49-56.

I.P. Brown and R.D. Lorenz. “Response Surface Methodologies for the Design of Induction Machine Self-Sensing Rotor Position Saliencies,” in Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, Seoul, Korea, October 8-11, 2007, pp. 1354-1359.