• Smartgrid Smartgrid CEM's expertise in power system design, modeling, and testing are helping to develop future SmartGrid solutions.
  • HETDEX HETDEX Researchers are building a first-of-its-kind tracking system for the Hobby Eberly telescope.
  • Algae Program Algae Program Research is providing pathways to new products based on economical extraction of algae lipids
  • Trapped Field Magnet Trapped Field Magnet Unleashing the power of super-conducting materials to make next-generation machines
  • Vehicles Program Vehicles Program Exploring emerging fuels and onboard energy storage to unlock advancements in traditional transportation vehicles.
  • Green Ship Green Ship Comprehensive study of emerging green technologies for maritime vessels.


The center

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is true to their motto, “What Starts Here Changes the World”.  The Center for Electromechanics (CEM) supports this goal as a leading applied research unit.  Researchers at the Center are recognized for expertise in advanced energy storage and power generation rotating machines for both intermittent and continuous duty applications. For the past four decades, CEM has served as a key contributor to the University’s success in research, education, and service to the community.


CEM is focused on state-of-the-art research, with facilities and equipment for staff engineers to design, build, and test first-of-a-kind prototypes.  With a proven track record in technology transfer to both government and industry sponsors, CEM researchers are experienced in working on small and large projects with industry and understand commercial pressures and time-scales.  The Center draws upon the creativity, knowledge, and experience of the academic faculty for real-world multi-disciplinary solutions.


Both undergrad and graduate UT students join CEM researchers in development and testing of new technologies.  This hands-on education not only provides UT students with must-have real-world experience, but also provides a conduit for technology transfer to research sponsors.  Students gain important exposure to emerging technologies and leading edge designs essential for a sustainable energy future.  Moreover, CEM brings as often as possible the enthusiasm and creativity of students to industrial problems so companies can not only add new technologies to their product lines but can also hire recent graduates with highly relevant experience.


CEM serves UT as an effective interface to industry.  CEM often called upon to consult with large consortiums to solve the world’s toughest problems.  CEM has helped multiple companies improve existing products through emerging technologies.  Center researchers take pride in providing the highest quality solutions.

What's neW

October 15 - Mike Lewis - ARPA-E Linear Motor Update

Electric Ship

June 2014 - Advanced Power Converters For Shipboard Power Processing
In advanced naval power system concepts, the various ship loads will require power with different voltage and frequency characteristics, therefore, making power electronic conversion equipment a critical element of the power distribution system. It has been projected that power electronic converters can account for up to 25-30% of the total volume and weight of the electric power distribution system on a ship. Thus, increasing the power density, efficiency, and capability, of power conversion equipment will have a major effect on the space allocation aboard a ship and on the performance of the ship’s power system. 

In support of these goals, The University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) has developed new power converter prototypes that have the potential to significantly advance the performance of these critical elements of naval electric power systems.

Grid Solutions

September 16 - Small autonomous power grids are the future
published by Danish Energy Magazine

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