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Dr. Venkat  Selvamanickam

Bi-Weekly Seminar

High Performance REBCO Superconducting Tapes: R&D and Applications

by: Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam

Affiliation: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston

Date: Thursday November 12, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Zoom Meeting


High Performance REBCO Superconducting Tapes: R&D and Applications


Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam is a M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, TcSUH Director of the Applied Research Hub, and the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute at the University of Houston. Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer of SuperPower Inc, a former subsidiary of Philips Electronics. He led SuperPower to multiple world-records, the longest thin film superconductor made and first to pilot manufacturing. He led the world’s first significant delivery of thin film superconductor tapes to build a power transmission cable in Albany, NY, which is the world’s first superconductor device in the power grid. At UH, Dr. Selva led a highly successful Department of Energy (DOE)-funded program to quadruple the performance of superconductor tapes and now leads another DOE-funded program on advanced manufacturing of these tapes. Dr. Selva has published 275+ papers and holds 52 issued U.S. patents and over 80 issued international patents. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House. He has also received three R&D 100 awards, the Superconductor Industry Person of the Year award, Wire and Cable Technology International Award and the IEEE Dr. James Wong Award. Dr. Selva is a Fellow of IEEE and the U.S. National Academy of Inventors.

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