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Jin Wang receives Japan’s Nagamori Award

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Jin Wang has been named a recipient of the prestigious Nagamori Award.

The Nagamori Foundation created these awards to bring vitality to technological research of motors, and related fields, such as generators and actuators, and also to support the researchers and development engineers who have made outstanding achievements in these fields.

Jin WangWang received the award in recognition of his contributions to wide bandgap (WBG) power electronics-based electric machine drives. He has been one of the leading experts and an early advocate for implementation of WBG power devices for applications including electric vehicles, medium voltage drives and electric aircrafts. He has published nearly 200 journal and conference papers, which have been cited 6,986 times, and has been awarded nine patents. Before joining The Ohio State University, Wang was a core power electronics engineer at Ford Motor Company, where he worked on the traction drive design of the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Wang received the IEEE Power Electronics Society Richard M. Bass Young Engineer Award in 2011 and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in 2011, among many other national accolades. At Ohio State, he earned the Ralph L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Innovation in 2012, the Lumley Research Award in 2013 and the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education in 2017.

He created and chaired the 1st IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA) in 2013. WiPDA has since become one of the premium global events for the WBG research community.

The Nagamori Foundation was established in 2014 by Nidec Corporation Founder, Chairman and CEO Shigenobu Nagamori to contribute to the scientific and industrial development inside and outside Japan by commending those who engage in R&D activities, domestic and overseas, in the area of research and technology. The Foundation's main activity is to promote researches related to motors, actuators, and power generators, address a major challenge of “creating affluent lives” and “perpetually conserve the global environment,” and operate the Nagamori Awards, a system to commend those who have made an innovative technological development.