Fred Lee, University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Center for Power Electronics at Virginia Tech, has received the 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal in Power Engineering for his contributions to power electronics, especially high-frequency power conversion.
Lee is an internationally recognized leader in power electronics research. As the founding director of the Center for Power Electronics, he works with other researchers to improve the performance, reliability, and cost-efficiency of electric energy processing systems using an integrated system approach.
Lee's National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center is internationally known for its power electronics research. Industry-sponsored graduate fellowships have led to breakthroughs that are available to all industry partners on a royalty-free and non-exclusive basis.
Lee was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011, an elite group of engineers providing engineering leadership as a service to the United States government.
In 2012, Lee was inducted into the Virginia Tech Faculty Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and elected to the Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top academic institution.
Lee recently spoke on energy and power electronics at the University of Miami's College of Engineering and discussed smart power grids and the integration of wind power, solar power and energy storage systems, and how power electronics can help the U.S. energy system increase its efficiency to meet sustainability goals.
Lee joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1977. He received his bachelor's degree from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and his master's degree and Ph.D. from Duke University.
Established in 2008, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal in Power Engineering is sponsored by the Institute's Industry Applications, Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics, and Power and Energy Societies and honors educators, researchers, inventors, innovators, engineers, and scientists whose achievements and contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession.