• 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

COMET 2014

COMET 2014

December 2014 - COMET 2014 - The Center for Electromechanics hosted a very successful technical workshop, the Conference on Online Monitoring of Electric Assets (COMET 2014).  The conference was organized with critical support from the industrial sponsor, Qualitrol.  COMET 2014 attracted about 140 attendees from utilities, equipment manufacturers, makers of diagnostic equipment, consultants, and university researchers.

Alternative Vehicles

November 2014 - Stepping on the Gas - CEM’s in-home Natural Gas Compressor Project, that is nearing completion, was mentioned in a feature story of SCIENCE Magazine highlighting DOE and ARPA-E’s efforts to enable methane powered vehicles.

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