Sam Davis

Editor-In-Chief, Power Electronics Technology

Sam Davis is editor-in-chief of Power Electronics Technology magazine and website. He has 18 years experience in electronic engineering design and management, six years in public relations and 25 years as a trade press editor. He holds a BSEE from Case-Western Reserve University, and did graduate work at the same school and UCLA. Sam was the editor for PCIM, the predecessor to Power Electronics Technology, from 1984 to 2004. His engineering experience includes circuit and system design for Litton Systems, Bunker-Ramo, Rocketdyne, and Clevite Corporation.. Design tasks included analog circuits, display systems, power supplies, underwater ordnance systems, and test systems. He also served as a program manager for a Litton Systems Navy program.

Sam is the author of Computer Data Displays, a book published by Prentice-Hall in the U.S. and Japan in 1969. He is also a recipient of the Jesse Neal Award for trade press editorial excellence, and has one patent for naval ship construction that simplifies electronic system integration.

Posts by Sam Davis

in The Power Plant May 15, 2015

Google Reveals Lessons Learned (and Accident Count) from Self-Driving Car Program

Chris Urmson, director of the Google Self-Driving Car program, has revealed that the small fleet (20+) of Google autonomous cars has been involved in....More
in The Power Plant May 08, 2015

Semiconductor Companies Are Divided on Getting New Hires

In this case, it’s another “chicken and the egg” situation—you need experience to get a job, but you can’t get a job to get experience....More
in The Power Plant Apr 29, 2015

Autonomous Aerial Refueling Highlights Command-Control of Unmanned Aircraft

Unmanned aircraft received fuel from a tanker plane, marking the first time an unmanned aircraft refueled in flight....More
in The Power Plant Apr 24, 2015

Do Engineers Get Credit for Their Achievements – Ask Nick Holonyak Jr.

There is an old maxim that you should give credit where credit is due. Recent IEEE publications point out that isn’t always the case with the Royal....More
in The Power Plant Apr 22, 2015

Book Covers Everything You Wanted to Know About Electronics

Basic Electronics Theory and Practice, a new book by Sean Westcott and Jean R. Westcott covers the basics of electronics....More
in The Power Plant Apr 12, 2015

DARPA Seeks Ultra-Lightweight Motors for Electric Drones and Airliners

A recent IDTechEx report says that Newcastle University in the UK was chosen by Boeing to develop an ultra-lightweight electric motor for an upper....More
in The Power Plant Apr 02, 2015

Report Says Intel Considering Altera Acquisition

IHS analyst Tom Hackenberg said Intel is in talks to buy Altera....More
in The Power Plant Mar 30, 2015

American Wind Energy Association Touts Wind Energy Advantages

Leaders of the U.S. wind energy industry said their companies and workers can deliver on a bold new vision for wind power to double in America over....More
in The Power Plant Mar 28, 2015

Solar Cell Combine Two Types of Photovoltaic Material to Produce More Energy

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material....More
in The Power Plant Mar 19, 2015

Energy Harvesting on the Move

At the recent Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear Tire Rubber Company unveiled a tire whose heat could be transformed into electrical energy to....More

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