Welcome

Welcome message from the group’s principal investigator:

I am an electrical engineer who is passionate about renewable energy, business and the decarbonization of global energy systems. I spent the first ‘half’ of my career in industry – starting as an electrician’s helper in a five man shop, to working as an electrical technologist in a bespoke cryogenic refrigeration firm, to contributing as an project engineer in a fast growing solar inverter start-up and ultimately serving as head of off-grid solar technology and research for a large multinational electrical corporation of more than 160,000 employees. I have a multi-disciplinary background encompassing the techno-commercial aspects of energy systems, electric power, heat transfer, power electronics and embedded systems – especially for solar photovoltaic applications. Now I am excited to be making contributions towards energy system decarbonization by teaching students and furthering research as a faculty member within UPEI’s innovative and industry-focused School of Sustainable Design Engineering.

Coming from a commercial engineering and R&D background I am focused on the practical aspects of things.  I like to make real stuff that does real things to solve real problems… and that ultimately makes real money! This manifests itself in both my teaching and research philosophies. Students will find my classes practical with a focus on core curriculum and developing practical skills though hands-on experiential learning. I understand the needs of employers and strive to help students become industry-focused and job ready. Industry research partners will find my research style innovative, creative and always value-focused and in the best strategic interest of their commercial operations.

Please contact me if you have interest as a graduate student or an industry research collaborator. I can be reached at aswingler@upei.ca.

Welcome!

-Andy

Research Interests

  • Energy systems modelling
  • Photovoltaic power systems
  • Deployable micro-grids
  • Low cost energy storage
  • Battery performance

Courses Taught

  • 1220 – Engineering Design 1
  • 3270 – Machines and Automatic Control
  • 3440 – Introduction to Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • 3460 – Solar Energy and Electricity Storage
  • 3490 – Energy Conversion