The SPARK Laboratory was established within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Kentucky in the fall of 2015. The Laboratory is affiliated with the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK) and covers research and teaching topics of alternative and renewable energy technologies, electric machines and power electronic drives, electric power systems, electromagnetic devices, smart grids and buildings. SPARK is led by Professor Dan M. Ionel, Ph.D., FIEEE, who serves as the inaugural L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power at University of Kentucky. External collaborators and sponsors include: NREL, ANSYS Inc., Regal Beloit Corp., LG&E/KU, TVA, UK CAER, MotorSolver LLC, and others.
Dan M. Ionel Ph.D, IEEE Fellow
Professor and L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power
Director, SPARK Laboratory and PEIK Institute