1st Edition

Entrepreneurship in Power Semiconductor Devices, Power Electronics, and Electric Machines and Drive Systems

By Krishnan Ramu Copyright 2021
    450 Pages 158 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    450 Pages 158 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Entrepreneurship in Power Semiconductor Devices, Power Electronics, and Electric Machines and Drive Systems introduces the basics of entrepreneurship and a methodology for the study of entrepreneurship in electrical engineering and other engineering fields. Entrepreneurship is considered here in three fields of electrical engineering, viz. power semiconductor devices, power electronics and electric machines and drive systems, and their current practice. It prepares the reader by providing a review of the subject matter in the three fields, their current status in research and development with analysis aspect as needed, thus allowing readers to gain self-sufficiency while reading the book. Each field’s emerging applications, current market and future market forecasts are introduced to understand the basis and need for emerging startups.

    Practical learning is introduced in: (i) power semiconductor devices entrepreneurship through the prism of 20 startups in detail, (ii) power electronics entrepreneurship through 28 startup companies arranged under various application fields and (iii) electric machines and drive systems entrepreneurship through 15 startups in electromagnetic and 1 in electrostatic machines and drive systems.

    The book: (i) demystifies entrepreneurship in a practical way to equip engineers and students with entrepreneurship as an option for their professional growth, pursuit and success; (ii) provides engineering managers and corporate-level executives a detailed view of entrepreneurship activities in the considered three fields that may potentially impact their businesses, (iii) provides entrepreneurship education in an electrical engineering environment and with direct connection and correlation to their fields of study and (iv) endows a methodology that can be effectively employed not only in the three illustrated fields of electrical engineering but in other fields as well.

    This book is for electrical engineering students and professionals. For use in undergraduate and graduate courses in electrical engineering, the book contains discussion questions, exercise problems, team and class projects, all from a practical point of view, to train students and assist professionals for future entrepreneurship endeavors.






    Chapter 1. Introduction. Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Company Startup. Chapter 3. Introduction to Power Semiconductor Devices and Power Electronics. Chapter 4. Entrepreneurship in Power Semiconductor Devices. Chapter 5. Entrepreneurship in Power Electronics. Chapter 6. Introduction to Electric Machines and Drive Systems. Chapter 7. Entrepreneurship in Electric Machines and Drive Systems. Chapter 8. Conclusions.


    Dr. Krishnan Ramu is a Professor Emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA. His research interests are in electric motor drives, electric machines, and power electronics.

    ''The author makes an important case, presenting the difficulty for a fresh engineering graduate to immediately conform to a business environment, where the outcomes are not sufficiently predictable, and specialized engineering skills falter without adaptation. This principle is excellently tied to a presentation of cutting-edge technologies in the energy sector, encouraging picking up old engineering textbooks for an in-depth understanding in pursuit of staying engaging to the entrepreneur…The text provides an excellent reading flow, introducing core contents before delving into its main purpose in a concise way, remaining engaging throughout. A table of contents, a rich index, and numerous high-quality images and schemes are included. Extensive references and prompts for additional reading are found throughout the book, placed and indexed cleanly and by necessity…''

    Fernando A. Silva and Marian P. Kazmierkowski, IEEE INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS MAGAZINE