Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Lai Jih-Sheng Jason

Visiting Professor, Energy Research Institute @ NTU

Prof Lai Jih-Sheng Jason

Jih-Sheng (Jason) Lai received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1985 and 1989. In 1989, he joined the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Power Electronics Applications Center (PEAC), where he managed EPRI-sponsored power electronics research projects. From 1993, he worked with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the Power Electronics Lead Scientist, where he initiated a high power electronics program and developed several novel high power converters including multilevel converters and auxiliary resonant snubber based soft-switching inverters. He joined Virginia Tech in 1996. Currently he is James. S. Tucker Endowed Professor and Director of Future Energy Electronics Center (FEEC). He published more than 320 refereed technical papers and 2 books. He received 22 U.S. patents in the area of high power electronics and their applications. His work brought him several distinctive awards including a Technical Achievement Award in Lockheed Martin Award Night, seven best paper awards from International conferences, and Virginia Tech Dean’s Award on Research Excellence. His student teams won the First Prize Award in Texas Instruments’ Analog Design Competition in 2011 and the Grand Prize Award from International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC) on power electronics design competition in 2013. Dr. Lai is an IEEE Fellow. He was the founding chair of the 2001 IEEE Future Energy Challenge for Inverter Competition, General Chairs of IEEE Workshop on Computers in Power Electronics (COMPEL 2000), IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC 2005), 2008 NSF Workshop on Power Electronics for Alternate Energy and Distributed Generation. He also served as the Steering Committee Chair for APEC 2006 and IEEE International Future Energy Challenge in 2011 and 2013.
Research Interests
Power electronics for energy and high power applications
Current Projects
  • High Power Density Converter for More Electric Engine Applications

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