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Longya Xu to win 2018 Nikola Tesla Award

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Longya Xu is the first from Ohio State to win the prestigious Nikola Tesla Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Xu is internationally known for his “contributions to design and control of efficient electric machines for wind power generation and electrified vehicles.” His specific research interests include power electronic converters and control of variable-speed drivers, just to name a few. He serves as director for the Center for High Performance Power Electronics at Ohio State.

Named in honor of the Serbian-American engineer-inventor who discovered the electric alternating current, the Nikola Tesla Award was established in 1975. A list of the eminent researchers and scholars from around the world that have received the award can be found here.

Xu received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1990 and has taught at Ohio State ever since. He has also consulted for many companies, such as Honeywell, Boeing, General Electric, and Raytheon.

In the award evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: impact on technology, inventive value, breadth of use, leadership, and quality of the nomination.

The prize consists of a bronze medal, certificate and honorarium.