Michael Rios


Michael Rios

Electrical Engineer

Contact Information

Michael Rios / (505) 934-4802


Michael Rios is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering in 2011 at the University of San Diego where he was a Ronald E McNair Scholar, which prepares underrepresented minorities for graduate school. He completed his masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) in 2014 and 2018, respectively. Prior to joining Sandia he spent nearly five years as an electric motor calibration engineer with General Motors developing their third generation platform for electric vehicles. His research interests include traction motor drives, WBG devices for high power conversion, and utility scale power electronics for grid modernization and energy storage.

Research Interests

Traction motor drives for efficient electric transportation technologies

WBG and UWBG devices for power conversion, specifically high power and high voltage for MV converters

Utility scale power electronics for grid modernization and energy storage

Advanced components and magnetics for power conversion


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2018

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2014

B.S./B.A. in Electrical Engineering, University of San Diego 2011

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Michael Rios

Key Publications

M. Rios and G. Venkataramanan, “Design and Construction of a Foil Winding Permanent Magnet Machine,” 2020 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Detroit, MI, USA, 2020, pp. 2026-2033, doi: 10.1109/ECCE44975.2020.9235741.

M. Rios, G. Venkataramanan, A. Muetze and H. Eickhoff, “Thermal Performance Modeling of Foil Conductor Concentrated Windings in Electric Machines,” in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 54, no. 5, pp. 4104-4113, Sept.-Oct. 2018, doi: 10.1109/TIA.2018.2829464.