The Electrical Machines and Drives (EMD) Research Group and IEEE University of Sheffield Student Branch held the EMD Symposium 2022 in Mappin Hall, University of Sheffield on the 15th of September 2022. Over 50 academic staff, PGR students and PDRAs attended this academic event. The Counsellor of IEEE Student Branch, Dr. Xiao Chen, opened the symposium and led a moment of silence from all the attendees to pay their respect to Queen Elizabeth II.

Attendees of the EMD Symposium 2022 at Mappin Hall

The first keynote of the event was delivered by Prof. Zi-Qiang Zhu on electrical machines in electric vehicles; Various types of torque production mechanisms were reviewed before a demonstration of how to generate ideas for new machine topologies. Hub Director Prof. Geraint Jewell then made a keynote speech on a review of advances and challenges in electrical machine manufacture. He described the background of a limited breakthrough in materials for the active parts of electrical machines in recent decades, the presentation reviewed the potential for increasing machine power density by improved thermal performance and light-weighting of structural elements.

Yinka Leo Ogundiran, Chair of IEEE University of Sheffield Student Branch (seen below with Hub Director), shared with delegates the wide range of events and activities held by this IEEE student branch, including academic seminars, industrial visits, network events etc. This IEEE student branch received the award of the IEEE High Performance Student Branch Award in 2022.