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Tolbert Receives Emerging Technology Award at IEEE Conference

Chancellor’s Professor and Min H. Kao Professor Leon Tolbert was honored at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers during the IEEE Energy Conversion Conference and Expo in Nashville October 29-November 2.

Tolbert, who is currently serving as the interim department head for the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), received the IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award, which was established to recognize engineers and researchers who have made outstanding technical contributions to one or more emerging research topics in power electronics.

Tolbert, a Fellow of the IEEE, is a member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and the IEEE Power Engineering Society. He is the Publications Chair of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, and the deputy editor-in-chief of the IEEE Power Electronics Magazine. He has previously served as editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications from 2014-17, and as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics from 2007-12.

Tolbert has won several awards in his career, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Young Member Award, both in 2001, and has had eight prize papers from the IEEE.

At UT, he has earned the Charles Ferris Faculty Award, the 2010 Moses A. and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor Award, the 2022 Engineering Teaching Fellow Award, the 2003, ’07, ’12, ’13, ’17, and ‘23 Engineering Research Fellow Award; the 2003 Chancellor’s Citation for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement, the 2012 Chancellor’s Multidisciplinary Research Award, and the 2013 Chancellor’s Citation for Research and Creative Achievement. He was also UT’s recipient of the 2020 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

An expert on electrical devices, systems, generation, and distribution, Tolbert earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in electrical engineering in 1989, ’91, and ’99, respectively.


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