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Nurturing New Researchers

At CAPS, researchers like electrical and computer engineering chair Sastry Pamidi, Ph.D. and Peter Cheetham, Ph.D. provide undergraduate students quality research and other experimental learning opportunities with hands-on activities that complement what is taught in the classroom.

DC to AC

Helen Li is focused on bridging the world’s solar energy capacity with its conventional energy needs through new photovoltaic converters and other novel electric technologies.

Profiles in leadership: CAPS director uses military background to propel research growth at center

Now, as director of Florida State’s Center for Advanced Power Systems, he’s captaining a different kind of ship. In his role, McGinnis oversees 35 faculty and staff, plus 55 graduate and undergraduate students, who are working on a variety of projects ranging from helping the Navy build an all-electric ship to creating sophisticated electrical testing technologies. “I knew of CAPS from my work in the Navy and was really excited about the work they were doing,” McGinnis said. “When a colleague suggested I apply for the opening, it seemed too good to pass up.”