National Academy of Engineering member, noted power electronics researcher to join FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Longya Xu is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an esteemed researcher in the area of power electronics engineering.

National Academy of Engineering Member Longya Xu, who is known for his work on high-performance electric machines and variable-speed drives for aerospace and wind turbines, is joining the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

“I’m very excited to be joining the nation’s only joint college of engineering,” Xu said. “It’s a vibrant, growing institution and I’m looking forward to working with the students and faculty.”

Xu will work with engineering faculty members to develop high-profile research programs strategically aligned with the college’s interests. He will also mentor early career researchers and graduate students and help the college build partnerships with industry.

“Dr. Xu will be a tremendous inspiration to our faculty,” FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Dean Suvranu De said. “His vast industry background and academic research areas position him perfectly to provide guidance and insights in fostering industry-academic partnerships for the entire college.”

Xu received his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After working with industry in China, he served as a professor of engineering at Ohio State University for more than 30 years where he founded the Center for High Performance Power Electronics. He also has consulted with major companies such as Honeywell, Boeing, General Electric, Raytheon Company, US Wind Power, Pacific Scientific Co., Ford Motor Company and General Motor Company for various industrial concerns.

In addition to being a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Xu is a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and received the prestigious IEEE Nikola Tesla Award 2018. He has more than 350 journal and conference publications and 10 patents.

Xu is the third National Academy of Engineering member to join the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Manoj Shah, a noted inventor from GE Electric and GE Research, joined the college over the summer as distinguished professor of engineering. David Larbalestier, chief materials scientist at the FSU-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, has worked at FSU since 2006.

“The joint FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is booming, and we are excited to welcome Dr. Xu to our team,” said Vice President for Research Stacey Patterson. “As our university continues to build its research enterprise, Dr. Xu will be a great partner in helping us mentor our early career faculty looking to take their work to the next level.”