2/22/2013: Prof. Lipo Elected as Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Margaret Focarino, Thomas A. Lipo & Paul R. Sanberg
Margaret Focarino, Commissioner for Patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Dr. Thomas A. Lipo
Paul R. Sanberg, President, National Academy of Inventors

The WEMPEC family congratulates Emeritus Professor Thomas Lipo on being named Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Lipo is among 98 to receive the honor in 2012. The National Academy of Inventors is a non-profit organization that recognizes inventors in order to increase public awareness of university technology and academic innovation. Among the 2012 class of NAI Charter Fellows are eight Nobel Laureates, two Fellows of the Royal Society, 12 presidents of research universities and non-profit research institutes, and 50 members of the National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM).

Dr. Thomas Lipo earned his Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1980 he became founder and co-director of the Wisconsin Electric Machine and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC). In addition, Dr. Lipo was also the founder and director of the Wisconsin Power Electronics Research Center (WisPERC) and was a Grainger Professor of Power Electronics and Electrical Machines for 20 years until retirement in 2009. Dr. Lipo’s areas of interest include power electronics, adjustable speed drives, electric machines and ac motor drive systems.

Professor Lipo was inducted during the conference of the National Academy of Inventors on Feb. 22 in Tampa, Florida and recognized for his contributions to electric machines and motor drives.

For more information on the NAI Fellows Program including a Full List of 2012 NAI Charter Fellows, please visit Academyofinventors.org