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CPES Membership Structure

The CPES industrial consortium offers the ideal forum for networking with leading-edge companies and top-notch researchers and provides the best mechanism to stay abreast of technological developments in power electronics. The consortium's multi-tiered structure is designed to meet the varying needs of power electronics industries.

Affiliate Members

Affiliate Members make in-kind hardware/software donations to CPES below $15,000 per year. Their contributions must be relevant to CPES research. Membership participation at this level requires Center Director approval.

  • Benefits
    • Access to online CPES Annual Conference Proceedings
    • Access to the Center's state-of-the-art facilities, faculty and student researchers
    • Special discount to attend CPES-VT short courses
    • Option to send engineers to work with CPES researchers on campus via the Industry Residence Program – a valuable opportunity to cultivate relationship with CPES researchers through daily interactions and gain direct access to the Center’s facilities and knowledge base.

Associate Members (annual contribution - $15,000)

Associate Members gain the competitive edge, not only through easy access to CPES research results, researchers, and state-of-the-art facilities, but also opportunities for technical exchanges and continuing education to stay updated on new technologies.

  • Benefits -- includes Affliate Member benefits
    • Access to online CPES Annual Conference Proceedings
    • Access to the Center's state-of-the-art facilities, faculty and student researchers
    • Special discount to attend CPES-VT short courses
    • Option to send engineers to work with CPES researchers on campus via the Industry Residence Program – a valuable opportunity to cultivate relationship with CPES researchers through daily interactions and gain direct access to the Center’s facilities and knowledge base.
    • Password access to CPES website for publications, presentations, and student directory
    • Invitation to participate in the CPES industry webinar series
    • Representation on the CPES Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to guide the Center's research direction (guaranteed seat for Principal-grade members; representation by special election only for Associate members)

Principal Members (annual contribution - $30,000)

Principal Members are well positioned to influence and guide CPES as Industry Advisory Board (IAB) members. They also have cutting-edge IP advantage via automatic Intellectual Property Sharing.

  • Benefits -- includes Associate Member benefits
    • Access to online CPES Annual Conference Proceedings
    • Access to the Center's state-of-the-art facilities, faculty and student researchers
    • Special discount to attend CPES-VT short courses
    • Option to send engineers to work with CPES researchers on campus via the Industry Residence Program – a valuable opportunity to cultivate relationship with CPES researchers through daily interactions and gain direct access to the Center’s facilities and knowledge base.
    • Password access to CPES website for publications, presentations, and student directory
    • Invitation to participate in the CPES industry webinar series
    • Representation on the CPES Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to guide the Center's research direction (guaranteed seat for Principal-grade members; representation by special election only for Associate members)
    • Early and easy access to CPES intellectual properties via automatic CPES Intellectual Property Sharing

Principal Plus Members (annual contribution - $50,000)

Principal Plus Members gain tangible benefits via research collaboration with CPES as a member of one of the mini-consortia on focused research -- PMC (Power Management Consortium), HDI (High Density Integration), or WBG-HPCS (Wide Bandgap High Power Converters & Systems). They also have easy access to cutting-edge IPs via CPES Intellectual Property Sharing. Companies interested in more than one focused research areas may join another mini-consortium for an additional annual contribution of $50,000 each.

  • Benefits -- includes Principal Member benefits
    • Access to online CPES Annual Conference Proceedings
    • Access to the Center's state-of-the-art facilities, faculty and student researchers
    • Special discount to attend CPES-VT short courses
    • Option to send engineers to work with CPES researchers on campus via the Industry Residence Program – a valuable opportunity to cultivate relationship with CPES researchers through daily interactions and gain direct access to the Center’s facilities and knowledge base.
    • Password access to CPES website for publications, presentations, and student directory
    • Invitation to participate in the CPES industry webinar series
    • Representation on the CPES Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to guide the Center's research direction (guaranteed seat for Principal-grade members; representation by special election only for Associate members)
    • Early and easy access to CPES intellectual properties via automatic CPES Intellectual Property Sharing
    • Opportunity to leverage funding with other Principal Plus Members and work synergistically with CPES researchers in one of the CPES mini-consortia on focused research:

Intellectual Property Sharing

CPES offers a unique IP access mechanism that provides extraordinary advantage, automatically and at no additional cost, to Principal Plus and Principal members. Members meet quarterly via telecon with inventors to discuss invention disclosures and jointly decide which technologies to protect, with patenting costs covered by the consortium. Once a technology is protected, current Principal and Principal Plus Members are granted a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the technology. IP Sharing is applicable only to technologies developed under the industry by CPES-VT researchers.

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