Welcome to GRAPES

Greetings and welcome to the home site of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems (GRAPES). On behalf of the faculty, staff and students at the University of Arkansas, University of South Carolina and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, we would like to invite you to learn more about our respective schools, our research programs and projects, and our industry members. GRAPES currently has 17 industrial and government members, with our newest members being G&W Electric, We Energies and Emera.

The I/UCRC program within the NSF has been in existence for several decades. It is a vibrant program with over 50 centers around the country. GRAPES was founded in 2009 under the auspices of this program. The program provides funding for administration of the center, but industry members’ annual membership fees pay for the bulk of the research performed as part of the center in a pre-competitive, shared intellectual property arrangement. The Industrial Advisory Board plays an active role in the selection, direction and review of our research projects. Our research thrust areas are chosen by our Industrial Advisory Board from proposals submitted by our faculty members at all of our Universities. These project areas reflect the synergies of technological advances and projected industrial needs.

Please peruse our site for more information on our center. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in joining our growing efforts in advancing power electronics technology.

Alan Mantooth, Executive Director
Roger Dougal, GRAPES Co-Director & USC Site Director
Juan Balda, UA Site Director
Adel Nasiri, UWM Site Director

To learn more about our members, click their logo below: