The University of St. Thomas

School of Engineering

Greg S. Mowry, Ph.D.

Greg S. Mowry, Ph.D.

Greg S. Mowry
Dr. Greg Mowry

Associate Professor

PhD. Minnesota

gsmowry@stthomas.edu
Phone: 651-962-5749
Fax: 651-962-6419

Mail OSS100
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105

Office Location: OSS 106

Faculty Website

Education

Metallurgical Engineering: B.S. 1976, M.S. 1978, Iowa State University
M.S. Electrical Engineering Program, 1980 - 1982, Stanford University
Electrical Engineering Ph.D. with a minor in Physics, 1995, University of Minnesota. Thesis: Mode selecting mirrors for external cavity semiconductor lasers.

For the past 10 years my research and humanitarian outreach has centered on alternative energy power systems and their deployment. One of the outcomes of this work has been the development and launch of a new technical masters degree program in electrical engineering (MSEE) with a significant power emphasis. 

Brief Personal Biography

Dr. Mowry was raised in Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with B.S and M.S degrees in Metallurgical Engineering. While working Dr. Mowry capitalizing on continuing education opportunities by attending Stanford University in a non-thesis Electrical Engineering masters program with an analog electronics and magnetic materials emphasis. He later received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and minored in Modern Physics. Dr. Mowry spent his entire corporate career as an inventor while building teams in fortune 500 companies as an R&D scientist and engineer. His work focused on materials engineering, micromagnetics, nanotechnology (processing and design), laser optics, and biomedical engineering. Dr. Mowry also served as an entrepreneurial principle in several technical startups. In 2003 Dr. Mowry joined the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas.

Interests and expertise

Electrical Engineering: analog electronics, power, power systems, switched mode power electronics, electric machines, and electromagnetic field theory.
Energy systems: island-mode hybrid energy systems (wind, solar, hydro, biodiesel …) for industrial applications and for village power in developing countries such as Moldova, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Solid State Physics: Thin-film materials, processing, and manufacturing; device physics; micromagnetics and magnetic materials; optical thin-films.
Optics: Lasers and laser systems, laser processing, optical system design and sensors (classical, modern and fiber based), medical optics, and optical metrology.

Career

Dr. Greg Mowry came to the University of St. Thomas in 2003 with 25 years of bleeding-edge engineering, research, and product development experience in nanotechnology based companies. Dr. Mowry has performed both fundamental and applied research as well as the engineering required to transform research concepts into successful high-volume products. His work spans multiple disciplines and includes fundamental research on the nano-devices used in HDDs along with the development of thin-film materials and PVD, CVD deposition techniques for materials used in mass storage devices and in optical coatings. He led the design teams that transformed nano-structures based on Faraday’s Law into magnetoresistive based nano-structures. His has also performed biomedical research on implants and medical imaging systems. For the past several decades Dr. Mowry has served as an expert witness in several technology disciplines. He is named on 40 patents and has more than 36 publications in 4 different peer-reviewed technical fields. He has worked for fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Control Data, Seagate Technology and Boston Scientific. He has also been involved as a founder in several technical ventures.

More recently Dr. Mowry has focused his efforts on power, power electronics and distributed hybrid alternative energy systems which find use in industry and in developing countries. His concern for the environment and the energy future of civilization has resulted in Dr. Mowry leading student project teams into countries such as Moldova, Tanzania, and Uganda where hybrid energy systems have been deployed. This work has also resulted in multiple patents and several recent energy startup companies that include hybrid power systems and portable biodiesel production systems. He also serves as the director of both the Renewable Energy and Alternatives Laboratory (REAL) and the MSEE program - which has a power emphasis.

Dr. Mowry is driven by the love of discovery, helping others, and turning concepts into useful products. He teaches a variety of courses such as analog electronics, electric machines, electromagnetic field theory, power systems, and power electronics at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He currently serves as the ad hoc chairman of the technical MSEE committee and as the chair of the Science Scholarship committee.

Sabbatical Leave: August 2012 – June 2013

For the past 10 years my research and humanitarian outreach has centered on alternative energy power systems and their deployment. One of the outcomes of this work has been the development and launch of a new technical masters degree program in electrical engineering with a significant power emphasis. In order to extend and expand my power related research along with developing a foundation for graduate level power research, a full-year sabbatical leave was requested and subsequently granted. Two high-level objectives were accomplished during my sabbatical leave. The first objective, which focused on large power systems, is to study and research advanced distribution automation methods for use with distributed generation in a smart grid. The second objective is to continue my research on the development of small, robust, and reliable alternative energy power systems for humanitarian applications. 

Selected Publications

·         Moldova alternative energy power project: ICREDC 2006

·        Tanzania hospital power project: 2008 ASEE Annual Conf. & Expo., June 22-25

·        Uganda village lighting project: J. Sust. Dev., V4, No.3, June 2011

·        Portable Biodiesel System: IJOSE 1 June 2011

·        My favorite patent - an answer to a prayer. With thanks to Leroy Longworth, Paul Blaske and Art Calderon