Greg S. Mowry
Metallurgical Engineering: B.S. 1976, M.S. 1978, Iowa State University
Sabbatical Leave: August 2012 – September 2013
For the past 8 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. Looking ahead, 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. With this in mind, I have two high-level objectives that I want to accomplish during my sabbatical leave. The first objective, which focuses 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. When I return in the fall of 2013, I will let you know how things went. Until then, all the best!!
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.
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.
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.