• First, there was the
    Industrial Revolution. 
    Then, there was the
    Computer Revolution. 
    And now the...
    Power Revolution

  • The large-scale manufacturing of wide bandgap semiconductor-based power electronics will change the face of industry in the U.S. forever.
    One Institute is working to turn that goal into reality. 

  • PowerAmerica is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, industry and academia.
    Led by NC State University and located on Centennial Campus, PowerAmerica will develop critical wide bandgap power electronics technologies, spark early commercialization, and nurture the U.S. wide bandgap semiconductor industry through education programs and training.    

  • Wide bandgap electronics will revolutionize manufacturing in a number of industries.

    This technology is smaller, faster, more reliable and more efficient than power electronics made from silicon.


    Operate at 2x the heat capacity compared to silicon

    Solar Power

    Greater efficiencies in collection solar energy


    Cut power conversion loss up to 80%

    Electric Vehicles

    Cut electricity losses during charging by 60%

    Utility Applications

    Reduce losses during DC-to-AC electricity conversion by 90%


    Smaller, faster and more efficient power electronics

    Industrial Motors

    Higher efficiency, variable-speed drives
  • Why is PowerAmerica so important? 

    Watch the video.


  • PowerAmerica will establish a comprehensive education and workforce development program to create a pipeline of talent ready to support industry's needs. 

    There are five components to this program area:
    PowerAmerica will lead the U.S. in developing the next generation of
    power electronics scientists and is part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

    Online WBG University

    Ongoing, ready access to knowledge and information

    Summer Institute

    A meeting of the minds

    Research Program

    Access to the latest ideas

    Master of Science in Wide Bandgap Power Electronics

    Advanced degree program

    Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers

    Providing the latest information to partners
  • Associate Members

    Power Electronics Industry Collaborative

  • Resources for Teachers

    Interested in learning more about wide bandgap semiconductors?  

    As a National Network Innovation Initiative Institute, PowerAmerica is leading the Energy Department’s new manufacturing innovation institute for the next generation of power electronics, which is working to drive down the costs of and build America’s manufacturing leadership in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor-based power electronics. PowerAmerica is also establishing a comprehensive education and workforce development program to create a pipeline of talent ready to support this industry sectors needs.


    The goal of the Education and Workforce Training program is to partner with next generation leaders to ensure a workforce with critical skills in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor power electronics. Educational and workforce training programs are coordinated with and informed by industry, universities, community colleges and K-12 schools. We are working together to prepare the next generation for innovations in power electronics. 

    Office of Fossil Energy – US Department of Energy. Toolkit for teachers and parents regarding fossil fuels and making them cleaner. Includes resources for elementary, middle and high school students.

    Videos made by industry professionals for high school students. Both videos include industry professional developed materials and one contains educator-developed materials.

    US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    Education Homepage, includes information about clean energy jobs and career planning as well as energy literacy and competitions.


    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy. Teacher toolbox includes lesson plans, videos and basic energy information.

    Education for Sustainable Development Activities and Resources for high school teachers (4 activities)

    org link to 26 energy lesson plans for students age 8-18. Lesson plans include resources/materials, additional Internet connections and recommended readings.

    This website contains resources for teachers; informational booklets, activities and games. Focus is on renewable energy, transmission and electricity.


    App – “How to Make Electricity” – by Crayon Box

    Geared at ages 6-8 this app lets students explore Battery Power, Hydroelectric Generator, Thermal Power Generator and Solar Panels.

    Duke Energy 2050 Vision Challenge – Try to meet the energy demand of 2050 and reduce Duke Energy’s carbon footprint, online game.


  • Universities & Labs

    Lemont, IL

    Tempe, AZ

    Tallahassee, FL

    Golden, CO
    Washington D.C.

    Raleigh, NC

    Santa Barbara, CA

    Blacksburg, VA

    Washington, D.C.

  • The future of U.S. manufacturing rests on this country's ability to produce large-scale production of wide bandgap semiconductor-based power electronics. PowerAmerica aims to make it happen. Won't you join us? 

  • The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

    The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is an initiative focused on coordinating public and private investment in emerging advanced manufacturing technologies. NNMI brings together industry, academia, and government partners to leverage existing resources, collaborate, and co-invest to advance manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization.

    NNMI creates a competitive, effective, and sustainable research-to-manufacturing infrastructure for U.S. industry and academia. The network consists of multiple linked Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation with common goals but unique technological concentrations.

    Each institute accelerates U.S. advanced manufacturing by catalyzing the development of new technologies, educational competencies, production processes, and products via shared contributions from the public and private sectors and academia.

    The institutes provide shared facilities to local start-ups and small manufacturers to help them scale up new technologies, accelerate technology transfer to the marketplace, and facilitate the adoption of innovation developments across supply chains. Each institute acts as a ‘teaching factory’ to build workforce skills at multiple levels and to strengthen business capabilities in large and small companies.

    Individual institutes serve as technology hubs, benefitting both regional and national interests. By bridging the gap between applied research and product development with a focus on key technology areas, the institutes encourage even further investment and production in their region and across the United States.

    As nodes in the NNMI, the institutes complement each other’s capabilities and benefit from shared approaches to matters such as intellectual property, contract research, and performance metrics. While the institutes each carry a particular regional focus, the network is truly national, integrated, and dynamic, aiming to foster innovation and deliver new capabilities that can stimulate the U.S. manufacturing sector on a large scale.

  • Department of Energy & NNMI Institutes

    Washington D.C. 

    Youngstown, OH

    Knoxville, TN

    Chicago, IL

    Detroit, MI

  • Power America Leadership
    Nick Justice
    Executive Director
    John Muth PhD
    Deputy Director

  • PowerAmerica Contacts

    General Nick Justice
    Executive Director

    Stephen Walsh
    Director of Education and Workforce


    Atinuke Diver
    Director of Compliance

    Meg Rhodes Chester
    Business Services Coordinator

    Dr. John Muth
    Deputy Director

    Jim LeMunyon
    Manager of Membership & Industry Relations


    Randy Bickford
    Subcontracts & Awards Manager

    Terry Jordan
    Administrative Support Specialist

    Rogelio Sullivan
    Project Manager

    Nicholas Mescia
    Power Electronics Assembly Manager

    Adrian Day
    Director of Finance & Business

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