Dr. Paul Weber
I received a B.S. degree in the field of Computer Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI). Prior to starting at LSSU in the fall of 2009, I spent three academic years teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
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). The current group of students, Team Helio-Tech, is pursuing a Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic (BIPV) vertical window module. All three 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.
Vermilion Point Project
I am also currently working with faculty from across campus (engineering, biology, parks & rec, etc.) on a project at the old life saving station at Vermilion Point. 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 EGNR 140 (Linear Algebra and Numerical Methods for Engineers) and EGRS 430 (Systems Integration & Machine Vision) here at LSSU. I am also an advisor for one of the senior projects teams.