FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the third time in seven years, University of Arkansas researchers have been recognized for their contribution to a local electronics company being included in R&D Magazine's list of the world's top 100 technological product innovations.
Wolfspeed, formerly Arkansas Power Electronics International — the largest company affiliated with the University of Arkansas at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park — made the magazine's 2016 top 100 list for its Wide Bandgap Automotive Traction Inverter, an electrical innovation taking energy from battery packs and converting it to power needed to drive the motors of hybrid and electric vehicles. Researchers at the University of Arkansas' National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission were collaborators on the project. The center served as the primary test facility for the product.
"We're very happy for Wolfspeed and proud to be a part of this project," said Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor of electrical engineering and executive director of the center. "For me personally, it's extremely gratifying to see Wolfspeed continue to succeed and, really, to be an international leader in innovative technologies for electric and hybrid vehicles."