Philip T. Krein received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and the A.B. degree in economics and business from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana. He was an engineer with Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon, and then returned to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
At present, he is the Grainger Chair Professor in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics and is Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics. His research interests address all aspects of power electronics, machines, drives, and electrical energy, with emphasis on nonlinear control and distributed systems. His recent work emphasizes applications to high-reliability renewable energy and low-energy buildings. He is the author of an undergraduate textbook, Power Electronics and Applications to Energy Alternatives (Oxford University Press, 2014). In 2001, he helped initiate the International Future Energy Challenge, a major student competition involving fuel cell power conversion and energy efficiency. He holds more than 30 U.S. and international patents.
Dr. Krein was a senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom in 1997-98, and was recognized as a University Scholar in 1999, the highest research award at the University of Illinois. He serves as Academic Advisor for the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2003, he received the IEEE William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics. He is a past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and served as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors. In 2005-2007, he was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society. In 2013, he chaired the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference. He is Editor-At-Large of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He also serves as a Director of SolarBridge Technologies, a developer of long-life integrated solar energy systems.