The 11th US Energy Secretary, Mr. Samuel Bodman, visited ECE's Semiconductor Power Electronics Center (SPEC) today. Seen here with Professor Alex Huang, SPEC director, Mr. Bodman (center) was given a tour of the lab and introduced to important technologies the center is developing
US Energy Secretary Bodman
-- including the light triggered Emitter Turn-off (ETO) thyristor and SiC high voltage devices. The Department of Energy's Energy Storage Program provided most of the funding for these developments.
The U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman spent the day at North Carolina State University examining our various approaches to energy research, touring energy research labs, participating in a campus roundtable featuring state and industry leaders, and made a presentation on U.S. energy programs and policy to students.
SPEC was established as a NCSU center of excellence with vertically integrated research programs in the following major areas of research related to energy and power: