Current-Fed Switchmode Power Supplies and its Evolution to Higher Power Densities and Magna-Power Electronics Facility Tour

On Thursday, March 10, 2016 the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Northern NJ ( will present a talk by Ira J. Pitel, President of Magna-Power Electronics.

About the Topic

Magna-Power Electronics designs and manufactures a broad line of dc power supplies for the test and measurement market. Most power supplies in the 1 kW plus range utilize voltage-fed, hard switched and soft-switched topologies. Current-fed power converters, the electrical dual of the voltage-fed converter, is still another, but less known and used, power circuit alternative. The speaker will present the pros and cons of various higher power, switch mode circuits and the evolution of the company?s internal infrastructure enabling cutting edge power densities.

The meeting will be held at Magna-Power Electronics in Flemington, NJ and will conclude with a facility tour of a vertically integrated power electronics manufacturing facility.

About the Speaker(s)

Ira J. Pitel is President of Magna-Power Electronics, a company which he founded 1981. Dr. Pitel is responsible for research and development and manufacturing of its line of 1.5 to 2000 kW dc power supplies. He received the B.S. degree from Rutgers — The State University of New Jersey, the M.S. degree from Bucknell University, and the Ph.D. Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1972, 1975, and 1978, respectively.

Dr. Pitel holds 28 patents in the field of power electronics and is co-recipient of the 1995 Society Prize Paper Award of the Industry Applications Society. He was honored as the Rutgers Outstanding Engineering Alumnus in 2000 and with the Gerald Kliman Innovator Award in 2008. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has served in many IEEE capacities including Society President of the Industry Applications Society. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.

Please RSVP to Robert Walker at if you will be taking the Magna-Power Electronics Facility talk & tour.

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Thursday March 10, 2016 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Magna-Power Electronics, 39 Royal Rd, Flemington, NJ 08822

Contact Robert Walker at (973) 728-0344 or

Non-members welcome!