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Save the Date - 4/11/2024:   Dinner & a PDH 

"I've got to be part of that!" 

A joint meeting between the University of Toledo Electrical Engineering-Computer Science Department and the IEEE Toledo Section.  This is an opportunity for IEEE members to meet and network with the IEEE Student Branch at the University of Toledo.  

The evening will also include the following technical presentation:  A History of SiC and GaN Advancement through Power Electronic Building Blocks (PEBB) and Implications for the Future.  The speaker for the evening will be Captain Lynn Petersen, USN (Ret), Program Officer, US Office of Naval Research.   

1.0 PDH will be awarded to all attendees that complete the presentation. 

Dinner will be provided for all attendees!

  Date and Time




  • Date: 11 Apr 2024
  • Time: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • 1600 N. Westwood Ave.
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • United States 43606
  • Building: Brady Engineering Innovation Center

  • Contact Event Host
  • Steven Root

    Technical Programs Chair

    IEEE Toledo Section

    (419) 447-8332

  • Co-sponsored by University of Toledo Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department
  • Starts 14 February 2024 10:59 AM
  • Ends 05 April 2024 03:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Capt. LJ Petersen of


A History of SiC and GaN Advancement through Power Electronic Building Blocks(PEBB) and Implications for the Future

In 1994, the Power Electronic Building Block (PEBB) program was initiated by ONR.  The PEBB program was an integrated program of material, device, circuit, and system science and technology (S&T) development.  The program's core objective was to reduce the size, weight, and cost (SWaP-C) of power electronics (PE) to realize PE shipboard power systems enabling future affordable and powerful electric warships.  Since then much has been completed throught PEBB advancement to include revealing science and technology (S&T) gaps, (i.e., the need for soft magnetic materials to realize even higher power density PEBB systems).  The past half century has seen the advancement of material development of WBG technologies through the concerted efforts of ONR and the other DoD agencies, and have most recently harvested the fruit of the material advances of SiC into applications that will benefit bothe the DoD and industry.  The future is bright for SiC WBG PEBB based technology.  


CAPT Lynn "LJ" Petersen graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. with a BS in Mathematics in 1986 and commissioned as Ensign in the US Navy.  Selected as an Engineering Duty Officer, he received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994.  Following Active Duty, he was an Elecrical Engineer at NSWC, Carderock Division, Annapolis, Md.  Hired by ONR in May, 2006, he served as S&T representative to the Electric Ships Office (ESO), PMS 320.  Recalled to Active Duty in in 2008 with assignment as the Deputy Director, PMS 320, from 2008-2012.  Promoted to Captain in 2009, he retired from the Navy in 2016 following 30 years of service. 

From 2012-2014, he was the Navy's Director for Systems Engineering, assigned in Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (DASN RDT&E). 

LJ returned to ONR in 2014 and leads basic research in power electronics, electromagnetism, and adaptive controls and applied research in machinery controls, wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor applications, Medium Voltage Direct Current (MVDC) power distribution systems, and Power Electronic Power Distribution Systems (PEPDS) in the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department, ONR 33. 

LJ was born and raised in Toledo and attended St. John's High School in Toledo. Married to Alena, they have two adult children.  He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of ASNE.  He and Alena are active in their church and singing.  


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5:00 - 5:50 PM                                    Student/Industry - Professional Networking

                                                                                   Student Research Posters 

                                                                                   Lab Tours

5:50 – 6:15 PM                                     Dinner Served

6:15 – 7:30 PM                                     Presentation Program
                        6:15 - 6:20 PM               Welcome Remarks by College and Department Administration  
                        6:20 - 6:30 PM               IEEE Student Reflections

                        6:30 – 7:30 PM               Technical Program 
                                                                Power Electronic Building Blocks (PEBB) for future electric Navy Ships
                                                                Capt. Lynn Petersen, US Navy (Ret) - Program Officer, US Office of Naval Research                                                                                    
7:30 – 8:00 PM                                       Final Discussions, Networking, and Adjournment                               


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