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From India to Tallahassee in Search of Superconductivity

Graduate student in electrical engineering Srikar Telikapalli researches lightweight compact electrical systems at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the FSU Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS). (Photo: M Wallheiser/FAMU-FSU Engineering)

This article was taken from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering website

Srikar Telikapalli is working toward his doctorate in electrical engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering while a graduate research assistant at the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS). He recently delivered an invited presentation for his research on electric aircraft to a multi-national audience during the Cryogenic Engineering Conference-International Cryogenic Materials Conference. He received the “ICMC Best Paper” award for his work.

“I was—and still am—nervous about presenting to an audience who has been in this field for much longer than I have been,” Telikapalli said. “I learned a lot from the experience and look forward to learning more.” 

Telikapalli earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering at the Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology in India before coming to the college for his master’s and doctorate. He is interested in the prospect of researching compact electrical systems that are lightweight.

“During my undergraduate studies in India, I was introduced to the field of superconductivity and high-power applications,” Telikapalli said. “My adviser encouraged me to pursue my doctorate at CAPS because of the expertise and the state-of-the-art faculties it offers. This played a key role in why I chose FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.”

A focus on research at all stages of the engineering journey

CAPS is a Florida State University research center that focuses on power systems technology. The center concentrates on research for power distribution, superconducting devices, high voltage engineering, systems control and the performance needs of large electrical transportation systems.

At CAPS, graduate and undergraduate students have the chance to work on a team and gain valuable research experience. As full-time researchers, postdoctoral researchers work with students on practical engineering projects that complement the knowledge they have learned in the classroom.

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