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  • Writer's pictureLeah Ohodnicki

CorePower Magnetics Partners With NASA, Pitt To Create Components That Enable Exploration on Venus

PITTSBURGH, PA – June 15, 2022 – CorePower Magnetics continues to redefine the limits of magnetic components through its award with NASA’s Hot Operating Temperature Technology (HOTTech) program, developing high temperature inductors to help power Venus surface landers. CorePower’s inductors will be a key enabling technology for lightweight, high efficiency, and high temperature electronics capable of reducing power requirements and offering increased lifetime and range of deployed robotic systems with reduced on-board storage.

The NASA HOTTech award funds the development of nanocomposite alloys capable of withstanding temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius for 60 days and demonstration of those materials in inductor applications. The program is led by University of Pittsburgh faculty and CorePower Magnetics CTO, Dr. Paul Ohodnicki, Jr. who said,

“We are pushing the state of the art in operating temperature to unprecedented ranges. This will not only enable significant progress toward NASA’s goals, but also fit customer needs for hybrid-electric aviation.”

“As we scale our business into the EV and power grid markets, this project will demonstrate the capability of the CorePower Magnetics team to solve the most difficult problems,” said Sam Kernion, CEO of CorePower Magnetics. “Creating a solution for the extreme conditions of Venus’s surface is a perfect example of how we are redefining the limits of magnetic components while demonstrating to our partners and customers the incredible reliability and performance of our technology.”


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Sam Kernion

Chief Executive Officer


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Paul Kovach

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Maggie Lindenberg

Senior Communications Writer



About CorePower Magnetics, Inc

Established in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2020, CorePower Magnetics is bringing high performance power electronics components to market, building upon soft magnetics technologies invented at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Finished power electronics components including motors, inductors and transformers operate with increased temperature stability in smaller, lighter packages.

The CorePower Magnetics founding team includes the inventors of the underlying technology, combined with the necessary business expertise to bring this technology to market. With deep experience across soft magnetics, manufacturing and commercializing technologies, CorePower Magnetics is ready to power the future.

About University of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is an internationally renowned leader in health sciences, learning, and research. A top-10 recipient of NIH funding since 1998, Pitt repeatedly ranks as the best public university in the Northeast, per The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Pitt consists of a campus in Pittsburgh—home to 16 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools—and four regional campuses located throughout western Pennsylvania. Pitt offers nearly 500 distinct degree programs, serves more than 33,000 students, employs more than 14,000 faculty and staff, and awards 9,000 degrees systemwide.

About the Swanson School of Engineering

The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in the U.S. and is consistently ranked among the top 25 public engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report. The Swanson School has excelled in basic and applied research during the past decade with focus areas in sustainability, energy systems, advanced manufacturing, bioengineering, micro- and nanosystems, computational modeling and advanced materials development. More than 130 faculty members serve nearly 4,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students across six departments: bioengineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering and materials science.

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