Robert Cuzner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering

Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Dr. Cuzner worked in industry for 24 years developing systems for power generation, power conversion and variable speed motor drives for both Navy and industrial applications. He is active in various IEEE committees, including serving as chair of the Industrial Drives Committee of the Industrial Applications Society from 2006-2008, participated in development of standards in the area of shipboard power conversion architecture for the IEEE, co-editor for IEEE Electrification Magazine.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013
  • M.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1990
  • B.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1988

Research Interests:

  • DC, Medium Voltage DC and hybrid AC/DC power distribution architectures for Naval shipboard, community microgrids, smart homes and buildings and industrial parks
  • Micro-grid protection and distribution using solid state protection, solid state transformer and fault mitigating power converters
  • EMI mitigation and packaging of Wide Band Gap power semiconductor based converter systems
  • Development of power electronic topologies and systems that are simultaneously power dense and grid compatible for Low Voltage and Medium Voltage applications

Publications:

  • Cuzner, R; Venkataramanan, G., "Current source rectifiers in discontinuous conduction modes of operation”, Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on, vol.51, no.1, pp.470-478, Jan.-Feb. 2015
  • Cuzner, R.; Drews, D.; Venkataramanan, G., "Power Density and Efficiency Comparisons of System-Compatible Drive Topologies," Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on, vol.51, no.1, pp.459-469, Jan.-Feb. 2015
  • Cuzner, R. M., “Power electronics packaging challenges for future warship applications,” IEEE International Workshop on Integrated Power Packaging (IWIPP), to be presented May 3, 2015
  • Cuzner, R. M.; Singh, V.; Rashidi, M.; Nasiri, A., “Converter topological and solid state protective device trade-offs for future shipboard MVDC systems,” Electric Ships Technology Symposium (ESTS) 2015, to be presented June 22, 2015
  • Cuzner, R; Esmaili, A., "Fault tolerant shipboard MVDC architectures”, International Conference on Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway, Ship Propulsion and Road Vehicles, 2015 IEEE (ESARS), March 3-5, 2015
  • Cuzner, R; Venkataramanan, G., "Current source rectifiers in discontinuous conduction modes of operation”, Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2013 IEEE, pp.1984-1991, 15-19 Sept. 2014
  • Schmerda, R.; Cuzner, R.; Clark, R.; Nowak, D.; Bunzel, S., "Shipboard Solid-State Protection: Overview and Applications," in Electrification Magazine, IEEE, vol.1, no.1, pp.32-39, Sept. 2013
  • Cuzner, R.M.; Bendre, A.R.; Faill, P.J.; Semenov, B., "Implementation of a Four-Pole Dead-Time-Compensated Neutral-Point-Clamped Three-Phase Inverter With Low Common-Mode Voltage Output," Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on , vol.45, no.2, pp.816-826, March-April 2009
  • Cuzner, R.M.; Venkataramanan, G., "The Status of DC Micro-Grid Protection," Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, 2008. IEEE-IAS '08, pp.1-8, 5-9 Oct. 2008
  • Cuzner, R.M.; Nowak, D.J.; Bendre, A.; Oriti, G.; Julian, A.L., "Mitigating Circulating Common-Mode Currents Between Parallel Soft-Switched Drive Systems," Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on, vol.43, no.5, pp.1284,1294, Sept.-Oct. 2007

Dr. Robert Cuzner's CV