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China as a Path to Global Impact in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Philip T. KreinExecutive DeanZhejiang University/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute

The Zhejiang University/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI) is an 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 engineering and system 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.

This talk 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.

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 ZJU 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 41 U.S. patents. His current research interests include power electronics, machines, drives, 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. In 2015-2016, he was 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.

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