Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Dan Ludois
Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
College of Engineering


Research area Enhancing power conversion systems through the creative application of new materials, mechanical integration and power electronics operating at high frequency or high voltage.

What excites you about your work? 

“I get to work on things that wouldn’t have a fair shot in traditional industry. I have a long-term view of what might be possible or practical in the future, and that keeps me motivated. My purpose is to create new things, and inventorship, for me, is very personal.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“The first part of my body of work has already been spun out of the university into my startup, C-Motive, so my dream now is to one day see some device, whether in automation or a product, that has one of my inventions in it. The closest shot I have right now to that is with my startup and its partnerships. I’m genuinely looking forward to the day when I can say, ‘Here’s a thing born in my lab that is now providing value and use to someone.’ Going forward as an academic inventor, I want to continue to pursue grand scale inventions but also some more base hit ones that might not necessarily take a decade or two to prove fruition, but maybe a few years instead. I’m trying to identify gaps in electromagnetism I can fill with unique electrostatic and capacitative technology. The first part of my career was motors and generators; the next stage of it is going to be wireless power transfer aspects and eventually aerial platforms.

Dan is a visionary inventor with innovations that have the potential to disrupt entire industries. We are excited to continue supporting Dan’s work through partnering with industry to commercialize these technologies.

– Michael Carey, WARF, Licensing Manager

Want to learn more?

Michael Carey, [email protected], 608.960.9867