Electric Motor Education & Research Foundation (EMERF)

EMERF strives to identify electric motor projects that address its mission and serve the needs of the A3 membership.

EMERF Mission

To advance and promote the electric motor industry through education, pre-competitive electric motor research and facilitation of technology transfer within the industry and in cooperation with academic, private research and governmental organizations.


The Electric Motor Education & Research Foundation (EMERF), a 501(c)(3), was originally founded by SMMA in 1995 and is now a part of A3 Motion Control & Motors (formerly the Motion Control & Motor Association-MCMA). Governed by a Board of Directors, EMERF strives to identify projects that address their mission and serve the needs of the A3 membership. Current projects include EMERF sponsored student presentations at A3 events, the EMERF Laminations Steels Third Edition CD and the EMERF Pre-Competitive Research Consortium (PCRC). Member companies of the PCRC, all A3 members, work to provide funding to universities and research facilities for research conducted prior to product development for technology that is important to our members and the industry.

EMERF Pre-Competitive Research Consortium (PCRC)

A3 members may join the PCRC and participate in cutting edge pre-competitive research projects designed to move technology forward.

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EMERF Liaison with Academia and Students

To foster communication and collaboration between industry, academia and students, EMERF sponsors an engineering student to attend and present at A3 Motion Control & Motors Technical Conference each year.

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2015 Contributors to EMERF

EMERF Lamination Steels Third Edition CD

A compendium of lamination steel alloys commonly used in electric motors from leading-manufacturers. This Third Edition CD is a single source of magnetic property data on the electromagnetic materials used in the laminated cores of electric motors. Purchase this resource for designers and engineers of electric machines of all types.

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EMERF Past Presidents

  1. 2016 | Keith Klontz, Advanced MotorTech, LLC
  2. 2012-2015 | John Calico, Moog Components Group
  3. 2009-2012 | Kitt Butler, Advanced Energy
  4. 2007-2009 | John Smith, A.O. Smith
  5. 1999-2007 | Roger E. Hollis, Arkansas General Industries
  6. 1997-1999 | William L. Rohm, Motor Products-Owosso Corp.
  7. 1995-1997 | Ronald D. Bullock, Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.


Phil Faluotico
Vice President of Engineering


Larry Ridge
Chief Engineer

Board Members

John Calico
Senior Research Engineer
Moog Components Group

Kitt Butler
Director of Business Development
Advanced Energy

Steve Constantinides
Magnetics & Materials LLC

Ayman El-Refaie
Lead Engineer
GE Global Research

Keith Klontz, PhD, PE
President & CEO
Advanced MotorTech LLC

Ed Knoth
Senior Research Engineer
IAP Research

Aleta Wilder, PhD
Research Scientist
University of Texas at Austin