Dr. Paul Weber
Below are descriptions of some of the projects I currently am working on or have worked on in the past. If you are curious about any of them, feel free to email me.
3M Concentrated Solar Projects
I am currently pursuing several projects using 3M mirror films (e.g. 3M Brand Cool Mirror Film and 3M Brand Prestige Window Film) via a Technical Non-Tenured Faculty Grant sponsored by 3M. More information can be found in the following Poster (PDF).
In addition, an idea that was discussed as part of the grant--the construction of a residential Photovoltaic (PV) system using the Cool Mirror film--became a Senior Project that was pursued in 2010-2011 (scroll down to Team ISS) and then continued in 2011-2012 by Team International Solar Innovations (ISI). Two subsequent groups of students, Team Helio-Tech and Team Solar Film Innovations, have developed Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic (BIPV) and Building Applied PhotoVoltaic (BAPV) vertical window and window blinds modules. All four groups have been senior students from the areas of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. The grant money, meanwhile, is being used to investigate smaller-scale mobile and low-cost applications.
Over the last couple years I have supported the work of Dr. Barbara Evans and other faculty members and students from across campus in the area of aquaculture. Most of this has been for Superior AquaSystems LLC, an interdisciplinary student company from LSSU.
I am also currently working with faculty from across campus (engineering, biology, parks & rec, etc.) projects at a couple regional properties. More details will hopefully be posted soon.
UMD Solar Project
While at UMD, I worked on an interdisciplinary solar project with Prof. Scott Norr, Dr. Stan Burns, Mr. Tom Ferguson (all of ECE/SCSE), and Dr. Dan Pope (MIE) at UMD. More information can be found in the following PowerPoint Presentation.
While at UMD, I also served as a secondary advisor for a few UROP projects in the area of tactile feedback. The research is coordinated by Chris Prince of the CS department here at UMD. Click here for more information.
Primary Research Interests
- Reliability of Electrical Systems
- Renewable Energy Systems
- Energy Efficiency via Digital Control
- Distributed Control
- Primarily in Fault Tolerant and Safety-Critical Real-Time (including X-by-Wire) Systems
- Engineering Education (esp. wrt Energy)
- Fly-by-Feel Tactile Feedback Systems
Other Interests and Prior Research
- Modeling of the Human Body as a Fault Tolerant System
- Microcontroller and FPGA-based Applications
- Computer Networks
- Peer-to-Peer Applications using Epidemic-Style Protocols
For all the details of my background and work, please view my curriculum vitae (PDF).
More about Paul
This fall I am teaching EGNR491 (Senior Projects), EGRS 430 (Systems Integration & Machine Vision), and EGNR261 & EGNR361 (Energy Systems & Sustainability and associated lab) here at LSSU. I will be serving as chair of the Senior Projects Faculty Board (SPFB) for the first time. The SPFB oversees the capstone projects of the two-course sequence (EGNR491 this fall and then EGNR495 in the spring). EGRS430 is really exciting to teach with all the advancements in vision-guided robotics, augmented reality, etc. Last, but certainly not least, I am enjoying teaching EGNR261 for the second time and integrating some of the experience I've gained over the past 5 years in working on photovoltaic projects that have been sponsored by 3M. I am also teaching the associated lab, EGNR361, for the first time. This class is usually the first students take in our new Sustainable Energy Concentration and is also fun because we get to take a number of field trips to see the wealth of alternative energy conversion systems around the Soo (e.g. the Cloverland hydro plant, Dr. Zimmerman's reed canary grass biomass system, etc.).
I really enjoy teaching/mentoring/guiding students here at LSSU and the people in the School of Engineering & Technology are great to work with. Prior to starting at LSSU in the fall of 2009, I spent three academic years teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Before that, I received a B.S. degree in the field of Computer Engineering (CpE) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Electrical Engineering (with concentrations in CpE) from Michigan Technological University.