Congratulations to Dave McClanahan, faculty associate, electrical engineering, who was one of three co-inventors awarded a U.S. patent in March for “Arc fault circuit interrupter detector systems including super regenerative high frequency receiver.”
The project leading to the patent was funded by Eaton’s Corporate Research Group in Milwaukee and assigned to Eaton Intelligent Power Limited.
It is McClanahan’s seventh patent, some awarded during his 14 years at UWM, others while working as a manager of Eaton’s electronic’s group in the company’s research and development division.
McClanahan explains that the goal of the patented devise is to increase fire safety. “It prevents fires from arcing faults that wouldn’t be caught by old-style circuit breakers,” he says.