Dr. Tiefu Zhao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: 
EPIC 1160
Phone: 
704-687-0939
Fax: 
704-687-5588
Education: 
  • Ph.D. North Carolina State University, USA, 2010
  • M.S. Tsinghua University, China, 2005.
  • B.S. with Excellent Graduate Honor, Tsinghua University, China, 2003.
Research: 
  • Grid Edge Power Electronics
  • Solid State Transformers and Solid State Circuit Protection
  • DC Distribution, Microgrid and Renewable Energy Integration
  • Wide Bandgap Device Applications
  • Real-time Simulation
  • Distribution Automation and Data Analytics
Other Professional Appointments: 
  • Eaton Corporate Research & Technology, Milwaukee, WI, 2010- 2016
Honors & Awards: 
  • 2015 IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Award (to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the profession by an IAS member less than 35 years of age)
  • 2015 STEM Forward Young Engineer of the Year Award (to recognize an outstanding contributor to the engineering profession from the greater Milwaukee area under the age of 40.)
  • As the Chair of IEEE Milwaukee Section IAS/IES Joint Chapter, led the Chapter with winning the 2015 IES Best Chapter Activity Award for demonstrated and outstanding performance.
Professional Affiliations: 
  • IEEE Senior Member, 2012 – Present
  • Member of IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS), Power Electronics Society (PELS), Industrial Electronics Society (IAS) and Power and Energy Society (PES), 2012 - Present
  • Chair of the IEEE Milwaukee Section IAS/IES Joint Chapter, 2012 – 2016
  • Industry Advisory Board Member of National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) – Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center at North Carolina State University, 2014 - 2016.