Donald S. Zinger

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Email: dzinger@niu.edu
Tel: 815-753-0540

Education

M.S. (1983), Ph.D. (1988) in Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

Alternative Energy, Power Electronics, Lighting, Electric Machine Control, Industrial Controls.

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, NIU (1993-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Akron (1988-1993)
  • Design Engineer, Midway Manufacturing, Franklin Park, IL (1978-1981)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Illinois Professional Engineer (1996-present)
  • IEEE: Senior Member (elected 1994)
  • Chairman Industry Applications Society (IAS) Manufacturing Systems Development and Applications Department (MSDAD) (2004-2005)
  • Vice Chairman for Papers Industry Applications Magazine for the IAS MSDAD (1999-2003)
  • Vice Chairman of the IEEE Rock River Valley Section (RRVS) (2000-2002)
  • Chairman of the IEEE RRVS (1999-2000)
  • Chairman of the IAS Industrial Automation and Control Committee (IACC) (1997-1998)
  • Vice Chairman of the IAS IACC of (1995-1996)
  • Student Branch Counselor (1994 – Present)
  • Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award (2006)
  • NIU: Outstanding Faculty Advisor (2004), College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET)
  • Faculty of the Year for Outstanding Service to Students (2001)
  • CEET of the Year for Excellence in Undergraduate Education(2000)

Selected Publications

  • S. Mir, M. E. Elbuluk, and D. S. Zinger,” PI and Fuzzy Estimators for Tuning the Stator Resistance in Direct Torque Control of Induction Machines,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 13 No. 2 March 1998, pp 279-287
  • D. S. Zinger, E. Muljadi, ”Annualized Wind Energy Improvement Using Variable Speeds,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Vol. 33, No. 6, Nov./Dec. 1997, pp. 1444-1447.
  • L. A. Cabera, M. E. Elbuluk, and D. S. Zinger, "Learning Techniques to Train Neural Networks as a State Selector for Inverter-fed Induction Machines Using Direct Torque Control," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Sept. 1997, vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 788-799.
  • A. Miller E. Muljadi, and D. S. Zinger," A Variable Speed Wind Turbine Power Control," IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, June 1997, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 181-186
  • Mir, S. A. , M. E. Elbuluk, and D. S. Zinger, "Fuzzy implementation of Direct Self Control of Induction Machines," IEEE IAS Trans. , May/June, 1994. pp. 729-735.
  • D. Zinger, F. Profumo, T. A. Lipo, and D. W. Novotny, " A Direct Field Oriented Controller for Induction Motor Drives Using Tapped Stator Windings," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 5 No 4, Oct. 1990 pp. 446-453.
  • K. B. Nordin, D. W. Novotny, and D. S. Zinger," The Influence of Motor Parameter Deviations to Feedforward Field Orientation Drive Systems," IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Vol. IA-21 No. 4, July/Aug. 1985

Research Projects

Projects include power factor corrections circuits in electronic ballasts, dimming ballasts, electromechanical actuators.


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