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ECE Seminar: Faculty Openings in a Unique International Institute for Global Impact in Multidisciplinary Engineering
February 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Philip Krein, Executive Dean, Zhejiang University/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute
Come learn about the many open faculty positions at a new campus in China (bring resumes!). The Zhejiang University/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI) is a joint engineering college on the new Zhejiang University (ZJU) International Campus in Haining, China, about 120 km southwest of Shanghai. ZJUI is a unique peer partnership of two leading global universities. The programs and research themes build on more than 100 years of University of Illinois involvement in China, and decades of active research collaborations between the two partners. ZJUI conducts teaching and research in broad program themes of advanced materials and devices engineering sciences; information and data sciences; and energy, environment, and infrastructure sciences. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Numerous faculty positions are open in these disciplines, computer science, materials engineering, mathematics, and related fields.
A short talk will be given that describes how projects and issues in China illustrate fundamental global development challenges. Examples are presented in terms of infrastructure, energy, environmental impact, advanced manufacturing, data sciences, and other major topics. In each case, innovations in the United States and in China have huge potential global impact if they can be scaled up and applied broadly. The talk discusses how a new generation of science and engineering faculty with multidisciplinary interests and global aspirations will be developed to lead global impact. It will also be an opportunity for Northeastern graduate students to learn more about how to apply for faculty positions at ZJU-UIUC.
Biography: Philip Krein holds the Grainger Endowed Chair Emeritus in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also Executive Dean of the Zhejiang University/University of Illinois Institute in Haining, China, and a faculty member at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. From 2003 to 2014 he was a Founder and Director of SolarBridge Technologies, Inc., Austin, TX, a developer of long-life integrated inverters for solar energy. He holds 42 U.S. patents. His current research interests include power electronics, machines, electric transportation, and renewable energy, with an emphasis on nonlinear control approaches. Dr. Krein received the IEEE William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics and is a past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society and a past Chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Foreign Expert under the China 1000 Talents Program.