Thomas M. Jahns


Professor Thomas M. Jahns

Grainger Professor of Power Electronics and Electrical Machines

2559 Engineering Hall

1415 Engineering Drive

Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-5702

Fax: (608) 262-1267

Thomas M. Jahns (S’73–M’79–SM’91–F’93)received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from M.I.T.,Cambridge, MA (USA) in 1974 and 1978.

In 1998, he joined the Department ofElectrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as aGrainger Professor of Power Electronics and Electric Machines, where he iscurrently a Co-Director of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and PowerElectronics Consortium (WEMPEC).  Priorto joining UW, he worked at GE Corporate Research and Development (now GEGlobal Research Center), Niskayuna, NY, for 15 years.  From 1996 to 1998, he conducted a researchsabbatical at M.I.T., where he directed research activities in the area ofadvanced automotive electrical systems as Co-Director of an industry-sponsoredconsortium.  His current researchinterests include high-performance permanent-magnet synchronous machines,electric traction drives, and distributed energy resources, includingmicrogrids.  

Dr. Jahns was named to National Academyof Engineering in 2015. He received the 2005 IEEE Nikola Tesla Technical FieldAward and the IAS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011.  He was awarded the William E. Newell Award bythe IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) in 1999 and has served both IEEE IASand PELS as a Distinguished Lecturer.  Heis a Past President of PELS and served two years as Division II Director on the IEEE Board of Directors (2001-2002).