Professor Jason Lai
James S. Tucker Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1996, Jason Lai has established a highly respected research program in power electronics for energy applications. He founded the Future Energy Electronics Center, which develops energy-efficient electronic technologies for the transportation and industrial automation industries. Lai’s research focuses on high-power converters for energy applications. He has secured more than $17 million in external funding to support this research. Lai has published 285 conference papers and has given numerous keynote addresses and other invited talks. His innovation is further demonstrated by the award of 27 U.S. and international patents. He received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’Gerald Gliman Innovation Award in 2016.
In the classroom, Lai teaches courses in power electronics and electronic circuit design. He has advised 44 master’s degree and 26 Ph.D. students to completion. Four of his former Ph.D. students hold faculty positions at other institutions. He currently advises four master’s degree and 10 Ph.D. students.
Lai was named an IEEE Fellow in 2007 for his contributions to high-performance high-power inverters. He has won 13 “best paper” or similar awards from leading conferences in his field. Lai has served on numerous leadership positions in professional societies, including as the program chair, general chair, and steering committee chair for the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference in 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively. He founded the IEEE Asian Conference on Energy, Power, and Transportation Electrification and has served as the general chair annually since 2016.
Lai received his bachelor’s degree from the National Taiwan Normal University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.