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Michael A. Bridgwood

Michael BridgwoodAssociate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Emeritus

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Portsmouth, 1979
M.S., Control Technology, University of Portsmouth, 1975
B.S., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Leeds University, 1968

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Dr. Bridgwood works currently in the Power Quality Research group looking at surge ingress mechanisms and ameliorative strategies in industrial control systems. In the past he has been involved in naval EMC research targeted specifically at tracing the coupling mechanisms that enable the propagation and multiplication of impulsive interference in extensive systems. He spent several years working in the field of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) explicitly on modeling the effect of low impedance machine-derived ESD on semiconductor device protection circuits. His early career was as a control and instrument engineer in the development of atmospheric control plant for the nuclear submarine program.

Michael A Bridgwood started work as a process control and instrumentation engineer in 1968 with CJB Developments Ltd., in Leatherhead, Surrey, UK. His prime task was the development of digital and analogue control schemes for atmospheric control systems installed in nuclear submarines. In 1974 he joined the faculty of the University of Portsmouth, UK where he was involved in investigating the generation and coupling processes associated with wide band interference on board naval ships. In 1981 he joined the Faculty at Clemson University. Until 1993 his research interests were focused on investigating the effects of electrostatic discharge on VLSI circuits for the Semiconductor Research Corporation.

From 1994 until December 1998, he was involved in a multidisciplinary optimization design and analysis project sponsored by NASA and in September 1996 he began work in the area of power quality. This work sponsored by Duke Power was concerned with quantifying the effects of lightning and fault-induced voltage sags on the performance of industrial process equipment. In 2001 he began work on modeling the interfering effects of high power microwave transients on CMOS logic devices sponsored by the US Air Force under a Multiple University Research Initiative (MURI). This work is currently on-going.

Since 1981 he has taught courses in electromagnetics, analog/digital control, electronics, reliability, circuits and instrumentation at undergraduate and graduate levels. He taught several short courses in the UK on EMC and has been involved in teaching Power Quality short courses and Professional Engineering Examination review courses for several years. In 2000 he won the award for best paper of the year in the IEEE transactions on Professional Communication for his work on transparency and error detection in basic hand-written mathematical analysis. This un-sponsored work has been going on for several years and forms part of his teaching philosophy. Where possible it is built into his undergraduate coursework. Currently he is writing as book on Linear Electronics which embodies methods for detecting and minimizing errors in basic analysis. He is also active in the preparation and teaching of on-line courses and developing on-line methods.

Consulting Activities
Spectrodyne Inc., Colmar, PA, August 1998 - Redesign of optical pyrometer system in conjunction with class of students (ECE 622)

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN., August 1997, One day course given as consultant on "Communications aspects of basic mathematical analysis."

AT&T Liberty, SC., March 1995, Statistics of failure analysis in PC production.

Fibertech Corporation, Anderson, SC., (1983), development of software to calculate load/deflection  parameters of structure for 150 ton hydraulic press associated with antenna manufacture.

Calle Infotec Ltd., UK, (1977) electromagnetic interference glitches on local installation of data retrieval and copying system.

CJB Developments Ltd., UK, (1974 - 1981), Process control and instrument calibration procedures.

McCorquedale Ltd., UK, (1976), electromagnetic interference problems in secure access system.

Avery Hardoll., Ltd., UK, (1975), electromagnetic interference problems on prototype gasoline pump system