IPMHVC Short Courses

Short course programs will be offered during the morning (8:00AM – 12:00PM) of Thursday, June 23.   Attendees have the option of registering with a short course (for an additional fee) as part of the conference registration process.  Please contact the Short Course Chair with questions or suggestions regarding the short course program.

Call for Short Course Proposals

IEEE IPMHVC 2022 will offer up to 3 short courses.  Each short course is 4 hours long (including a coffee break). All short courses are held on Thursday, June 23, 2022, either morning or afternoon.

Short courses with industry lead or co-host instructor are strongly encouraged.  Interactive instructor-audience approaches, including hands-on experiences, are encouraged.   Since IPMHVC 2022 is co-located with EIC, short courses targeting EIC attendees are also welcomed.

Short course attendees have the option to request IEEE Continuing Professional Education Certificate.

Short course proposal format: 5 pages maximum, with letter size or A4, single space, font size between 10 to 12.  Proposal submission should be made to  ipmhvcshortcourses@gmail.com

Suggested sections of short course proposal include:

  1. Course Title
  2. Instructor name, affiliation, and contact information
  3. Abstract  and course outline
  4. Instructor Biography
December 31, 2021 Short course abstract due
January 15, 2022 Notification of acceptance
May 31, 2022 Full tutorial materials due

We will be working to get these short course approved for CEU credits.  For those who would like to receive a certificate, please complete an evaluation form during the short course.

Note that a minimum number of attendees are required to hold a short course.  If a course becomes cancelled, the registered course attendees will have the option of signing up for another course or receiving a refund.

Short Course 1: CANCELLED – Solid-state pulsed power and commercial applications

8:00 – 12:00 Thursday, June 23

Instructor: Prof. Luis Redondo

The course will focus on fundamental concepts for repetitive high-voltage pulse generation using state-of-the-art power semiconductor technology. This includes the most common power semiconductors devices used in solid-state-based high-voltage modulators, characteristics and practical operation, and the most widespread semiconductor-based HV pulse modulator topologies, advantages and limitations, such as the classic Marx generator and voltage multiplier circuits. In addition, future trends on this technology are overviewed. Finally, examples of industrial applications will be discussed, as well as, other aspects related to the type of load requirements these applications present to the high-voltage modulators.

      • Pulsed-Power fundamentals
      • Industrial applications
      • Pulse requirements
      • Energy storage
      • Switching – semiconductors and magnetic switch
      • Opening switch, inductive storage
      • Closing switch, capacitive storage
      • Topologies/techniques for pulse generation
      • Protection, Triggering, thermal considerations
      • How to deal with limitations /stacks
      • The load types (R, L, C)
      • Future trends
      • Summary

Intended audience:
The topics in this course are directed toward graduate students, scientists and engineers, and managers who want to learn from the experimental and design point of view the peculiarities of modern solid-state pulsed power and applications.

About the instructor:
Luis Redondo was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968. He received the B.Sc.and Dipl. Ing. degrees in electrical engineering from the Lisbon Engineering Superior Institute, ISEL, Portugal, in 1990 and 1992, the M.Sc. degree in nuclear physics from the faculty of Sciences from the Lisbon University, FCUL, Portugal in 1996, and the Doctor degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2004, from Technical Superior Institute from the Lisbon Technical University, Portugal. He is currently Coordinator Professor at ISEL, teaching Power Electronics and Digital Systems. His current research interests include pulsed power systems for industrial applications. Prof. Redondo is a member of the Portuguese Engineering Society and Senior Member of the Pulsed Power Science & Technology Standing Technical Committee of the Nuclear & Plasma Science Society of IEEE, where he was appointed Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Redondo has contributed to 5 Portuguese Patents and 60 international peer-review papers in the field of Pulsed Power.
Co-founder, in 30 November 2011, of the company Systems, which develops, assembles and sells solid-state modulator for various applications, from the environment to food processing.

Short Course 2: Unification of electron emission and breakdown mechanisms: Experiments and theory

8:00 – 12:00 Thursday, June 23

Instructor: Dr. Allen Garner


The course will focus on the fundamental concepts of electron emission and gas breakdown. Gas breakdown is an important failure mechanism in many directed energy, pulsed power, power modulator, and microelectromechanical systems. In other applications, such as medicine and the semiconductor industry, characterizing gas breakdown is critical for intentionally creating the plasma. Traditionally, gas breakdown is predicted by Paschen’s law, which is derived based on Townsend avalanche; however, as device size decreases to microscale at atmospheric pressure, field emission instead drives breakdown. As one continues to reduce gap distance, electron emission becomes space-charge limited and is predicted either by the Mott-Gurney law with collisions or by the Child-Langmuir law at vacuum.

This course will review the fundamental theories that predict these mechanisms at various gap distances and pressures and relates these theories to experimental results. Specific topics to be discussed include:

  • Paschen’s law
  • Transition from Paschen’s law to field emission at microscale
  • Electrode surface roughness influence on microscale gas breakdown
  • Computational extensions to describe ionization and diode geometry
  • Nexus theory between electron emission mechanisms (e.g. emission, Mott-Gurney, and Child-Langmuir, thermionic emission, photoemission, quantum Child-Langmuir).
  • Extensions of space-charge limited current calculations to non-planar geometries and multiple dimensions

About the instructor:

Dr. Allen Garner received his BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois in 1996, MSE in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1997, MS in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University in 2003, and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 2006. From 1997 to 2003, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear trained submarine officer, including tours as a division officer onboard the USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and Prospective Nuclear Engineering Officer instructor in Norfolk, VA. He is currently a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves. From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Garner was an electromagnetic physicist at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, where he conducted studied electromagnetism, plasmas, and multiphysics phenomena and led multidisciplinary efforts in plasma medicine. He joined Purdue University in August 2012 and is currently an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Undergraduate Program Chair. Dr. Garner is a Senior Member of IEEE and has been awarded the 2020 School of Nuclear Engineering Research Award, the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Engineering Graduate Students, the 2016 Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Early Achievement Award, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Short Course 3:  Circuit and Field Simulations in High Voltage Power Supply (HVPS) Practice

8:00 – 12:00 Thursday, June 23

Instructor:  Dr. Alex Pokryvailo


The course is intended for engineers and researchers in the field of high voltage electronics who want to use circuit and field simulations in everyday practice of designing HV power supplies. Influenced heavily by the instructor experience, the course focuses on power circuitry of high-performance switchmode power supplies ranging from units to hundreds of kV and up to hundreds of kW although some examples expand to nanosecond pulsers. First, pertinent topologies of HV converters are reviewed. Necessary trade-offs combining high dielectric withstand with small dimensions and low and/or controlled parasitics are described. The target of the circuit simulations (PSpice platform is used) are dc-to-dc converters as the most challenging blocks of HVPS. The emphasize is on defining the parasitics from field simulations, ultimately, to the level of performing coupled analyses. Field simulations, see partial list of references, encompass electrostatics (for insulation design), electromagnetics (design of transformers, chokes, etc., with account for eddy currents), heat transfer and multiphysics. An example of the latter would be CFD problems related to electrohydrodynamics, e.g., oil driven by electrostatic forces.

About the instructor:

Alex Pokryvailo (M’05–SM’07) was born in Vyborg, Russia. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute in 1975 and 1987, respectively. Formerly with Soreq NRC, Yavne, Israel, now he is with Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp., serving as Director of Research. His current and recent experience relates to research and design of HV high-power switch-mode power supplies, Pulsed Power, insulation testing, multiphysics simulations, fast diagnostics, and corona discharges. Previously, he studied switching arcs, designed SF6-insulated switchgear, researched interaction of flames with electromagnetic fields, etc. He has published over 140 papers, two textbooks (in Hebrew), and more than 20 patents pertaining to HV technology. He has also taught undergradute and graduate courses on HV techniques in Israel and USA.

Special Short Course on Sunday June 19: Fundamentals of Dielectric Materials and Testing

8:00 – 12:00 Sunday, June 19

Instructor: Dr. Nancy Frost

Abstract: The focus of this short course is the fundamental aspects of electrical insulation materials.
The main focus will be rotating equipment, but transformers, cables as well as
transmission and distribution needs will also be discussed. This general course will cover
basic components of an insulation system, material selection criteria, review of intrinsic
properties as well as aging parameters. Major test methodologies and standards used in
selecting and qualifying insulation systems will be discussed.

It is intended that this short course help the novice understand the critical working aspects
of electrical insulation materials. This knowledge can aid in maintenance decision
processes, equipment repair decisions, as well as educate those in the industry understand
the tradeoffs in the dielectric materials selection process.

About the instructor:
Dr. Nancy Frost is a Dielectrics Engineer with dual roles as President of Frosty’s Zap Lab, LLC, her dielectric materials R&D testing laboratory, and with Gerome Technologies as a Materials Engineer. She is focused on investigating aging mechanisms of dielectrics, and has given over 100 presentations and courses over the last two decades. Dr. Frost has experienced the electrical insulation business from the points of view of vendors, customers, utilities and manufacturers. She has had the unique opportunity to see many insulation system designs and manufacturing styles, as well as a variety of aging techniques.

Contact information:
You can reach Dr. Nancy Frost at drnancyfrost@gmail.com for further information.

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