Dr. Joe Beno
The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics (CEM) has provided ground-breaking actuator research and design work to various industries since the early 1990’s. CEM designs leverage energy storage to provide high power actuation with low overall energy consumption. CEM has participated in actuator designs across a large breadth of performance criteria. The current business environment does not reward large corporate investment in research and development. Companies that prosper in this environment tend to import technology effectively and quickly convert technical advances to profits. In the U.S., the source of this technology is increasingly research universities like the University of Texas at Austin. Moreover, the Center for Electromechanics is well positioned to help develop needed technology, as it is the largest and most comprehensive university-based electromechanics research and development facility in the U.S.
CEM engineers have access to a full suite of industry standard software and hardware including LMS Virtual.Lab, MATLAB, Solidworks, Maxwell 3D, Patran, ABAQUS, and many more. Initial system verification is typically done through simulation and the resulting control algorithm is then transferred into the lab and directly integrated into the testing environment. When warranted, CEM engineers develop custom algorithms or testing techniques appropriate to a unique application.