An industry-university collaboration in power electronics and drives

F. Blaaberg , Marian Kaźmierkowski , J.K. Pedersen , P. Thogersen , M. Tonnes


In 1997 Danfoss Drives A/S and the Institute of Energy Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark started an initial four-year collaboration called ldquo;The Danfoss Professor Program rdquo;. The main goal of the program is to attract more students to the multidisciplinary area of power electronics and drives by offering a world-class curriculum taught by world-class teachers. During the four years of the program distinguished professors will visit the university, giving advanced courses in their specialty areas and interacting with postgraduate students. A new curriculum in power electronics and drives is also now being implemented at the university, based on courses developed together with professors from the program. Another goal is to strengthen the research team at the university in the area by fostering new contacts and research areas. Finally, training and education of engineers in industry is a major aim of the program. After 2 1/2 yr, the Danfoss Professor Program has resulted in a significant increase in the number of students and research output of Aalborg University in the power electronics and drives area. It is beginning to be recognized world wide as a model of successful Industry/University collaboration. This paper describes the major goals, implementation and an evaluation of the program
Author F. Blaaberg
F. Blaaberg,,
, Marian Kaźmierkowski (FoEE / ICIE)
Marian Kaźmierkowski,,
- The Institute of Control and Industrial Electronics
, J.K. Pedersen
J.K. Pedersen,,
, P. Thogersen
P. Thogersen,,
, M. Tonnes
M. Tonnes,,
Journal seriesIEEE Transactions on Education, ISSN 0018-9359
Issue year2000
Keywords in EnglishAalborg University, curriculum, Danfoss Drives A/S, Denmark, drives, education, educational courses, electrical engineering education, electric drives, industry-university collaboration, Institute of Energy Technology, postgraduate students, power electronics, The Danfoss Professor Program, training, world-class teachers
ASJC Classification2208 Electrical and Electronic Engineering; 3304 Education
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)30
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 25; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2000 = 1.037; WoS Impact Factor: 2006 = 0.362 (2) - 2007=0.768 (5)
Citation count*34 (2020-09-04)
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