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04-04-2002

Clarkson Student Wins Award At National Engineering Conference

Kodjo Komlanvi (Bronx, N.Y.), a junior majoring in electrical engineering at Clarkson University, is a winner of a student research contest sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The contest was held at the Power Engineering Society’s (PES) winter meeting in New York City.

Following an initial review process, selected students were invited to attend the PES meeting and submit and display research posters for the student poster session and contest. Only three graduate and three undergraduate student winners were chosen from the participants to receive cash prizes and certificates. Komlanvi’s research project, “Predicting Operation Temperature of a Capacitor with Thermal Modeling,” provided an operational model for predicting temperature and expected lifetime of capacitors. 

“Rapid aging of capacitors is an ongoing concern in power systems, and is primarily a result of overheating,” said Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Chair Thomas Ortmeyer who supervised Komlanvi in his research. “Kodjo’s work is helping to develop a model which gives us an idea of the effect of voltage waveform distortion on the heating problem. It is a solid piece of research on an important topic.“

Komlanvi’s research was conducted as part of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program’s (CSTEP) seven-week residential summer research program. CSTEP provides academic support and enrichment to underrepresented minority or disadvantaged students and is funded by the New York State Education Department. The Clarkson CSTEP program was established in 1994.

“Clarkson has given me the support and opportunity to get involved in real research projects that have been an invaluable part my education here. It was very exciting to be invited to attend the conference and to receive one of the student research awards,” said Komlanvi. “I got a lot of great feedback about my research and I was also able to participate in student programs and sessions at the conference. It was an amazing learning experience.”

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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