Electrical Power & Power Electronics Institute (EPPEI)

at Texas A&M University




The Electric Power & Power Electronics Institute (EPPEI) is aimed at developing a partnership with industry where EPPEI Faculty and students provide a variety of targeted services with tangible benefits and the industry provides funding for this joint effort.

The Electric Power Institute (EPI) was formed in 1964 with a mission to foster research interactions between Texas A&M University and the power industry. At that time, the main goal centered on developing a sponsorship program funded by unrestricted grants from the industry to carry out various research projects.

After a 30-year history of successful service to the industry and a name update, the Electric Power & Power Electronics Institute (EPPEI) is the result of significant change due to the recent restructuring in the industry. With a new Annual Membership concept introduced in 1998, EPPEI is moving towards new forms of interaction with the industry.

The EPPEI objectives are:

- Implement the Membership Concept that facilitates three important joint efforts:

- enhancement of the laboratory infrastructure to better serve special industry needs,

- establishment of short course offerings to provide high quality, continuing education for the industry,

- facilitation of joint projects with a purpose of allowing for leveraging of funds and multidisciplinary expertise in response to the new demands for competitive R&D efforts.

- Provide a continuous and up-to-date flow of information to the industry sponsors to allow them to:

- better plan recruiting efforts for Texas A&M University by having first hand knowledge of the education process and direct contacts with faculty and students,

- optimize laboratory resources by deciding what kind of services may be obtained using university facilities,

- make timely decisions about continuous education opportunities by knowing what are readily available short course services that Texas A&M University can provide,

- achieve better planning of the strategic investments in the R&D efforts by having a competitive low cost offering of quality research services provided by Texas A&M University.

- Develop a variety of value added benefits targeted at improvement in Texas A&M University’s teaching and research activities such as:

- continuous support of the teaching and research labs to provide higher quality of undergraduate and graduate education,

- increased visibility of Texas A&M University’s professional outreach services to create more competitive position of the power engineering program,

- steady source of research funding to provide for further development of areas of expertise that will be well recognized nationally and internationally.