Arijit Banerjee

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Arijit Banerjee
Assistant Professor
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
4042 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Power and Energy Systems

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Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016
  • M.Tech., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2007
  • B.E., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, 2005

Other Professional Employment

  • Electrical Engineer, General Electric Global Research Center, Bangalore, 2007-2011

Teaching Statement

I love to teach and learn. My mission is to show my students the boundary of textbook knowledge. I want to help teach students to be great designers, confident in building, skilled in making tradeoffs, and visionary in their engineering solutions. I want them to succeed by helping them develop skills to model, analyze, design, synthesize, build, test, and debug. I draw from my academic, research, and industry experiences to embolden students to learn and build connections to real-world engineering systems where observations often do not equal “classroom” expectations.

Research Statement

Converting electricity to and from mechanical motion is a foundation of modern civilization. In fact, electromechanical systems consume about 45% of global power and are evolving rapidly. For example, next generation air-conditioners not only make rooms comfortable in a smart building but also interact with other appliances to offer seamless interfaces that support the electric grid. Two-axis elevators in commercial spaces are going to make the fictional turbolifts of StarTrek a reality. Emerging applications in robotic actuators, renewable energy harvesters, and electrification of ships, aircraft, cars, and bicycles are posing new challenges in making electromechanical systems power-dense and efficient over a wide range of loading and speed patterns. Conventional approaches to using machines that were intended for operating loads of the 20th century can only result in a bottleneck in our future energy development. There are unlimited intellectual opportunities for leveraging the flexibility that electromagnetics, power electronics with new semiconductor device technology, and control have to offer to develop system-specific sustainable solutions.

Approaching energy conversion with the simultaneous perspective of electromagnetics, power electronics, and control carves new avenues through the challenges of difficult applications to push the trade-off boundaries for systems to be physically small, efficient, reliable, flexible, inexpensive, electric-grid friendly, and environmentally sound. My research mission is to create new paradigms of electromechanical energy conversion systems while working at the combined domains of electromagnetics, power electronics, and control.

Graduate Research Opportunities

I am looking for students passionate about electrical machines, power electronics, control of power-electronic-based drives, and robotic actuators. Please apply through the department.

Research Interests

  • Electromechanical Energy Conversion Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Electrical Machines and Drives
  • Electric Propulsion Systems
  • Renewable Energy
  • Robotic Actuators

Research Areas

  • Efficient energy management and conversion for lighting, communications, information technology, transportation, and appliances
  • Electric transportation
  • Electrical machines and drive systems
  • Power and Energy Systems
  • Power electronics
  • Robotics

Research Topics

  • Electric transportation
  • Energy
  • Robotics
  • Smart grid and energy delivery
  • Solar and renewable technology
  • Storage and conversion

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Bonhyun Ku, Sunyu Wang, and Arijit Banerjee, "A 2-Dimensional Electromechanical Spine Architecture for Bio-Inspired Robots," 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019), Macau, China (accepted)
  • P. Huynh and A. Banerjee, "Integrated Generator-Rectifier for Electric Ship Dc Power System," 2019 IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, Arlington, VA (accepted)
  • Shivang Agrawal, Alexander Province, and Arijit Banerjee, "An Approach to Maximize Torque Density in a Brushless Doubly-fed Reluctance Machine," 2019 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition, Baltimore, MD, 2019 (accepted)
  • Phuc Huynh, Samira Tungare, and Arijit Banerjee, "Maximum Power Point Tracking for Wind Turbine Using Integrated Generator-Rectifier Systems," 2019 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition, Baltimore, MD, 2019 (accepted)
  • Bonhyun Ku, Yanpei Tian, Sunyu Wang, Elie Libbos, Shivang Agrawal, and Arijit Banerjee, "A Distributed and Scalable Electromechanical Actuator for Bioinspired Robots," 2019 International Electric Machines & Drives Conference, San Diego, California
  • Qichen Jin, Phuc Huynh, and Arijit Banerjee, "Generator Back-Electromotive Force Design for Low Voltage Ripple Dc Generation," 2019 International Electric Machines & Drives Conference, San Diego, California
  • Shivang Agrawal and Arijit Banerjee, "Torque-Density Improvement in Brushless Doubly-Fed Reluctance Machines using Additional Stator Winding," 2019 International Electric Machines & Drives Conference, San Diego, California
  • Elie Libbos, Bonhyun Ku, Shivang Agrawal, Samira Tungare, Arijit Banerjee, and Philip T. Krein, "Variable-Pole Induction Machine Drive for Electric Vehicles," 2019 International Electric Machines & Drives Conference, San Diego, California
  • P. Huynh and A. Banerjee, “Active Voltage-Ripple Compensation in an Integrated Generator-Rectifier System,” 2019 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Anaheim, CA, 2019. [Outstanding Presentation Award]
  • Shivang Agrawal and Arijit Banerjee,"Switched Brushless Doubly-Fed Reluctance Machine Drive for Wide-Speed Range Applications," 2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition, Portland, OR, 2018
  • Phuc Huynh, Patrick Wang, and Arijit Banerjee, "An Integrated Permanent-Magnet-Synchronous-Generator Rectifier Architecture for Limited-Speed-Range Applications," 2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition, Portland, OR, 2018
  • A. D. Anderson, N. J. Renner, Y. Wang, S. Agrawal, S. Sirimanna, D. Lee, A. Banerjee, K. Haran, M. J. Starr and J. L. Felder, "System Weight Comparison of Electric Machine Topologies for Electric Aircraft Propulsion," 2018 AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS), Cincinnati, OH, 2018
  • S. Agrawal, A. Banerjee and R. F. Beach, "Brushless Doubly-Fed Reluctance Machine Drive for Turbo-Electric Distributed Propulsion Systems," 2018 AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS), Cincinnati, OH, 2018
  • M. Gutierrez, P. Lindahl, A. Banerjee and S. B. Leeb, "Controlling the input impedance of constant power loads," 2018 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), San Antonio, TX, 2018, pp. 3452-3458
  • A. Banerjee, S. B. Leeb, and J. L. Kirtley, “Performance comparison of transfer switch topologies in switched-doubly-fed machine drives,” 2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Long Beach, CA, 2016, pp. 2881-2888.
  • A. Banerjee, S. B. Leeb, and J. L. Kirtley, “Transient performance comparison of switched doubly-fed machine propulsion drives,” 2015 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Dearborn, MI, 2015, pp. 1-6.
  • A. Banerjee, S. B. Leeb, and J. L. Kirtley, “A comparison of switched doubly-fed machine drive topologies for high power applications,” 2015 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC), Coeur d’Alene, ID, 2015, pp. 796-803.
  • A. Banerjee, S. B. Leeb, and J. L. Kirtley, “Seamless grid interaction for a switched doubly-fed machine propulsion drive,” 2015 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC), Coeur d’Alene, ID, 2015, pp. 1049-1055.
  • A. Banerjee, S.B. Leeb, and J.L. Kirtley, “Switched doubly-fed machine for ship propulsion”, Electrical Machines Technology Symposium, American Society of Naval Engineers, May 2014
  • A. Banerjee, A. H. Chang, K. Surakitbovorn, S. B. Leeb, and J. L. Kirtley, “Switched doubly-fed machine propulsion drive,” 2014 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition – APEC 2014, Fort Worth, TX, 2014, pp. 775-782.
  • A. Banerjee, A. Avestruz, K. Surakitbovorn, A. H. Chang and S. B. Leeb, “Uniform single-sided induction heating using multiphase, multi-resonant Halbach windings,” 2014 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition – APEC 2014, Fort Worth, TX, 2014, pp. 844-851.
  • A. Avestruz, A. H. Chang, S. Khushrushahi, A. Banerjee, and S. B. Leeb, “Single-sided AC magnetic fields for induction heating,” IECON 2013 – 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Vienna, 2013, pp. 5052-5057.
  • A. Banerjee, M. S. Tomovich, S. B. Leeb, and J. L. Kirtley, “Power converter sizing considerations for a doubly-fed machine propulsion drive,” 2013 International Electric Machines & Drives Conference, Chicago, IL, 2013, pp. 46-53.
  • A. Banerjee, M. S. Tomovich, S. B. Leeb, and J. L. Kirtley, “Control architecture for a Doubly-fed Induction Machine propulsion drive,” 2013 Twenty-Eighth Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Long Beach, CA, 2013, pp. 1522-1529. [Outstanding Presentation Award]
  • A. Banerjee, J. H. Lang, and J. L. Kirtley, “Fine-grain commutation: Integrated design of permanent-magnet synchronous machine drives with highest torque density,” 2012 XXth International Conference on Electrical Machines, Marseille, 2012, pp. 671-677. [Best Poster Presentation Award]
  • R. S. Bhide, M. S. S. Srinivas, A. Banerjee, and R. Somakumar, “Analysis of winding inter-turn fault in a transformer: A review and transformer models,” 2010 IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (ICSET), Kandy, 2010, pp. 1-7.
  • D. Stankovic, Z. Zhang, I. Voloh, J. Vico, A. Tiwari, A. Banerjee, S. Uppuluri, and D. Swigost, “Enhanced algorithm for motor rotor broken bar detection,” 2010 63rd Annual Conference for Protective Relay Engineers, College Station, TX, 2010, pp. 1-13.
  • A. Banerjee, R. Leidhold, R. Benavides, and P. Mutschler, “Integration of the Inverters with the Segmented Stators in Long Stator Permanent Magnet Linear Synchronous Motor Drives”, 6th International Symposium on Linear Drives and Industrial Applications, Lille, Sept. 2007

Patents

  • 10,036,335, Systems and methods for diagnosing an engine, issued July 31, 2018
  • 9,786,423, Method and apparatus for producing an asymmetric magnetic field, issued Oct. 10, 2017
  • 9,606,022, Systems and methods for diagnosing engine components and auxiliary equipment associated with an engine, issued Mar. 28, 2017
  • 9,255,969, Prognostics and life estimation of electrical machines, issued Feb. 9, 2016
  • 9,109,517, Condition monitoring of mechanical drive train coupled with electrical machines, issued Aug. 18, 2015
  • 9,050,894, System and method for predicting mechanical failure of a motor, issued Jun. 9, 2015
  • 8,803,461, System and method for synchronous machine health monitoring, issued Aug. 12, 2014
  • 8,635,034, Method and system for monitoring transformer health, issued Jan. 21, 2014
  • 8,626,372, Systems and methods for diagnosing an engine, issued Jan. 7, 2014
  • 8,626,371, Systems and methods for diagnosing auxiliary equipment associated with an engine, issued Jan. 7, 2014
  • 8,538,626, Systems and methods for diagnosing an engine, issued Sept. 17, 2013
  • 8,473,228, Detection of rotor side anomaly in an induction machine, issued Jun. 25, 2013
  • 8,264,246, Electrical network representation of a distributed system, issued Sept. 11, 2012
  • 8,140,291, Stator turn fault detection apparatus and method for induction machines, issued Mar. 20, 2012
  • 8,135,551, Robust on line stator turn fault identification system, issued Mar. 13, 2012
  • 8,121,804, Electrical network analysis of a multiphase system, issued Feb. 21, 2012

Journal Editorships

  • Guest Associate Editor, Special Issue on Emerging Electric Machines and Drives for Smart Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion

Professional Societies

  • Senior Member, IEEE

Teaching Honors

  • 2019 ECE Ronald W. Pratt Outstanding Teaching Award for Faculty
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (with the distinction of 'outstanding') - Solar Car (ECE 298), Spring 2019
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (with the distinction of 'outstanding') - Power Electronic Converter and Control (ECE 598), Spring 2019
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (with the distinction of 'outstanding') - Power Electronics Laboratory (ECE 469), Fall 2018
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (with the distinction of 'outstanding') - Power Electronics (ECE 464), Fall 2018
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students - Power Electronics (ECE 464), Fall 2017
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students - Power Circuits and Electromechanics (ECE 330), Spring 2017

Courses Taught

  • ECE 298 - Solar Car
  • ECE 298 - Special Topics
  • ECE 330 - Power Ckts & Electromechanics
  • ECE 464 - Power Electronics
  • ECE 469 - Power Electronics Laboratory
  • ECE 598 - Power-Elec Conv & Control