CPES-UW faculty Thomas A. Lipo elected to National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
CPES congratulates Prof. Thomas A. Lipo, who has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to the design and development of variable-speed drives and motor controls.
Following is a reprint of the newsletter article from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Grainger Professor of Power Electronics and Electrical Machines Thomas Lipo is among the 65 engineers and nine foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2008, joining the ranks of 2,227 of the most distinguished engineers in the nation. NAE members are peer-elected for their outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education.
A faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Lipo is known in the field of power electronics for designing and developing variable-speed drives. His work includes the study of power-conversion systems, including resonant, multilevel and matrix converters, special machines that operate with solid-state frequency converters, and control and stability in electrical drive systems.
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Marquette University in 1962 and '64 and his PhD from UW-Madison in 1968. Prior to joining the College of Engineering in 1981, he spent 10 years as an electrical engineer at General Electric and taught at Purdue University.
In his career at UW-Madison, Lipo has been instrumental in forming and leading two power-focused research entities, the Wisconsin Power Electronics Research Center and the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium.
Among his numerous honors, Lipo is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom equivalent of NAE.
Founded in 1964, the NAE is a branch of the National Academies, which also include the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. In addition to its role as advisor to the federal government, the NAE also conducts independent studies to examine important topics in engineering and technology.
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