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Paul Imbertson


  • Higher Ed: Engineering 


Paul Imbertson received the BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering, all from the University of Minnesota. He has industrial experience in power electronics for avionics. He is currently a Teaching Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota where he has been voted Best Professor ten times. He is also the Education Director for the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), an Engineering Research Center (ERC) with headquarters at the University of Minnesota. He has extensive experience in curriculum development, student and community outreach, efforts to enhance the student learning experience, renewable energy, and development in emerging nations. He has worked on various outreach, education, and implementation projects in north Minneapolis, on the White Earth Indian Reservation, and in rural Nicaragua, and has received Senator Amy Klobuchar's Carbon Buster Award and been recognized by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for contributions to Community-University Partnerships. Paul is the faculty advisor for several university student groups including Innovative Engineers, Solar Vehicle Project, and the National Society of Black Engineers. The Innovative Engineers student group was listed on the Sustainia 100 inaugural list of 100 examples of exemplary sustainability projects which included projects from 56 countries.


Power and energy.
Electrical generation and utilization.
Student engagement. (I try) :) 


P. Imbertson "Connecting the Dots Between Engineering, Developing Nations, and Inner-City Youth with Sustainable Energy," 2010 ASEE Annual Conference.

T. Das, P. Imbertson, and N. Mohan, "Collaborative Learning in Laboratory Oriented Courses Using Web Conferencing for Shared Control of Physical Laboratory Experiments," ASEE Annual Conference, 2007.

Ned Mohan, William P. Robbins, Paul Imbertson, Tore M. Undeland, Razvan C. Panaitescu, Amit Kumar Jain, Philip Jose, and Todd Begalke, "Restructuring of First Courses in Power Electronics and Electric Drives That Integrates Digital Control", IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 429-437, Jan. 2003

P. Imbertson, "Local/Community Aspects of Generation," Minnesota Power Systems Conference (MIPSYCON), 2002.

Rohit Tirumala, Paul Imbertson, Ned Mohan, Chris Henze and Russ Bonn, "An Efficient, Low Cost DC-AC Inverter for Photovoltaic Systems with Increased Reliability," IECON 2002

P. Imbertson, and N. Mohan, "New Directions in DC-DC Power Conversion Based on Idealized Concepts Leading Ultimately to the Asymmetrical Duty-Cycle Power Converter," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Aug 1997.