Heath F. Hofmann, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

 

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An Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Michigan , Heath Hofmann's expertise lies in the areas of power electronics and electromechanical systems.  Specific research interests include energy harvesting, flywheel energy storage systems, finite element analysis, and the design and control of electric machines.

Dr. Hofmann regularly teaches courses in power electronics and energy conversion, and has developed graduate and senior level courses in electromechanics and electric machinery and drives. His research has been sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health.

Outside his University work, Dr. Hofmann provides consulting services to a variety of businesses including Tesla Motors, developer of the luxury fully-electric sports car, and Pentadyne Power Corporation, producer of flywheel energy storage systems for uninterruptible power supplies.

A frequent presenter at industry conferences and contributor to industry journals, Dr. Hofmann's publications have appeared in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. He is currently writing a textbook, tentatively titled Electric Machinery and Drives, which will be published by Springer within a year or so.

Dr. Hofmann holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998 and an M.S., also from the University of California at Berkeley, in 1997.   He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1992.