Faculty Profile

Arijit Banerjee

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Arijit Banerjee
Arijit Banerjee
Assistant Professor
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
4042 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-5319


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Primary Research Area

  • Power and Energy Systems


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016
  • M.Tech., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2007
  • B.E., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, 2005

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Other Professional Employment

  • Electrical Engineer, General Electric Global Research Center, Bangalore, 2007-2011

Teaching Statement

I love to teach and learn. My mission is to show my students the boundary of textbook knowledge. I want to help teach students to be great designers, confident in building, skilled in making tradeoffs, and visionary in their engineering solutions. I want them to succeed by helping them develop skills to model, analyze, design, synthesize, build, test, and debug. I draw from my academic, research, and industry experiences to embolden students to learn and build connections to real-world engineering systems where observations often do not equal ￿classroom￿ expectations.

Research Statement

Converting electricity to and from mechanical motion is a foundation of modern civilization. In fact, electromechanical systems consume about 45% of global power and are evolving rapidly. For example, next generation air-conditioners not only make rooms comfortable in a smart building but also interact with other appliances to offer seamless interfaces that support the electric grid. Two-axis elevators in commercial spaces are going to make the fictional turbolifts of StarTrek a reality. Emerging applications in robotic actuators, renewable energy harvesters, and electrification of ships, aircraft, cars, and bicycles are posing new challenges in making electromechanical systems power-dense and efficient over a wide range of loading and speed patterns. Conventional approaches to using machines that were intended for operating loads of the 20th century can only result in a bottleneck in our future energy development. There are unlimited intellectual opportunities for leveraging the flexibility that electromagnetics, power electronics with new semiconductor device technology, and control have to offer to develop system-specific sustainable solutions.

Approaching energy conversion with the simultaneous perspective of electromagnetics, power electronics, and control carves new avenues through the challenges of difficult applications to push the trade-off boundaries for systems to be physically small, efficient, reliable, flexible, inexpensive, electric-grid friendly, and environmentally sound. My research mission is to create new paradigms of electromechanical energy conversion systems while working at the combined domains of electromagnetics, power electronics, and control.

Graduate Research Opportunities

I am looking for students passionate about electrical machines, control of power-electronic-based drives, and/or robotic actuators. Please apply through the department.

Research Interests

  • Electromechanical Energy Conversion Systems
  • Electrical Machines and Drives
  • Electric Propulsion Systems
  • Robotic Actuators

Research Areas

  • Efficient energy management and conversion for lighting, communications, information technology, transportation, and appliances
  • Electric transportation
  • Electrical machines and drive systems
  • Power and Energy Systems
  • Power electronics
  • Robotics

Research Topics

  • Electric transportation
  • Energy
  • Robotics
  • Smart grid and energy delivery
  • Solar and renewable technology
  • Storage and conversion

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Banerjee, A; Leeb, S.B.; Kirtley, J.L., "Performance comparison of transfer switch topologies in switched-doubly-fed machine drives," 2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Long Beach, CA, 2016, pp. 2881-2888
  • Banerjee, A; Leeb, S.B.; Kirtley, J.L., ￿Transient Performance Comparison of Switched Doubly-Fed Machine Propulsion Drives￿, Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), IEEE International, June 2015
  • Banerjee, A; Leeb, S.B.; Kirtley, J.L., ￿A Comparison of Switched Doubly-fed Machine Drive Topologies for High Power Applications￿, Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC), 2015 IEEE International, 9-13 May 2015
  • Banerjee, A; Leeb, S.B.; Kirtley, J.L., ￿Seamless Grid Interaction for a Switched Doubly-fed Machine Propulsion Drive￿, Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC), 2015 IEEE International, 9-13 May 2015
  • Banerjee, A; Leeb, S.B.; Kirtley, J.L., ￿Switched doubly-fed machine for ship propulsion￿, Electrical Machines Technology Symposium, American Society of Naval Engineers, May 2014
  • Banerjee, A; Avestruz, A-T.; Surakitbovorn, K.; Chang, AH.; Leeb, S.B., "Uniform single-sided induction heating using multiphase, multi-resonant halbach windings," Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), 2014 Twenty-Ninth Annual IEEE, pp.844,851, 16-20 March 2014
  • Banerjee, A.; Lang, J.H.; Kirtley, J.L., "Fine grain commutation: Integrated design of permanent-magnet synchronous machine drives with highest torque density," Electrical Machines (ICEM), 2012 XXth International Conference on, pp.671, 677, 2-5 Sept. 2012
  • Banerjee, A.; R.Leidhold; R.Benavides; P.Mutschler, "Integration of the Inverters with the Segmented Stators in Long Stator Permanent Magnet Linear Synchronous Motor Drives"￿, 6th International Symposium on Linear Drives and Industrial Applications, Lille, Sept. 2007


  • 9,786,423, Method and apparatus for producing an asymmetric magnetic field, issued Oct. 10, 2017
  • 9,606,022, Systems and methods for diagnosing engine components and auxiliary equipment associated with an engine, issued Mar. 28, 2017
  • 9,255,969, Prognostics and life estimation of electrical machines, issued Feb. 9, 2016
  • 9,109,517, Condition monitoring of mechanical drive train coupled with electrical machines, issued Aug. 18, 2015
  • 9,050,894, System and method for predicting mechanical failure of a motor, issued Jun. 9, 2015
  • 8,803,461, System and method for synchronous machine health monitoring, issued Aug. 12, 2014
  • 8,635,034, Method and system for monitoring transformer health, issued Jan. 21, 2014
  • 8,626,372, Systems and methods for diagnosing an engine, issued Jan. 7, 2014
  • 8,626,371, Systems and methods for diagnosing auxiliary equipment associated with an engine, issued Jan. 7, 2014
  • 8,538,626, Systems and methods for diagnosing an engine, issued Sept. 17, 2013
  • 8,473,228, Detection of rotor side anomaly in an induction machine, issued Jun. 25, 2013
  • 8,264,246, Electrical network representation of a distributed system, issued Sept. 11, 2012
  • 8,140,291, Stator turn fault detection apparatus and method for induction machines, issued Mar. 20, 2012
  • 8,135,551, Robust on line stator turn fault identification system, issued Mar. 13, 2012
  • 8,121,804, Electrical network analysis of a multiphase system, issued Feb. 21, 2012

Journal Editorships

  • Guest Associate Editor, Special Issue on Emerging Electric Machines and Drives for Smart Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Power Electronics, Fall 2017)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Power Circuits and Electromechanics, Spring 2017)