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Prof. Habetler is a native of Racine, Wisconsin. He received the B.S.E.E. degree in 1981 and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1984 from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1989.

From 1983-1985, he was employed by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors as a Project Engineer. While there, he was involved in the design of switching power supplies and voltage regulators for locomotive applications. In 1985, he was awarded the General Motors Fellowship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His research interests are in the design and protection and condition monitoring of electric machines, efficient building electrical systems, power electronics, and drives. Dr. Habetler is most well-known for his work in sensorless (current- and voltage-based) condition monitoring of electric machines. This includes sensorless bearing fault detection, turn-to-turn insulation fault detection and rotating mechanical fault/unbalance detection. Practical, low cost on-line motor monitoring has been achieved in his work through the use of intelligent systems that eliminate the need for maintenance experts to interpret data related to the health of electrical equipment.

He currently serves as President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and as Chair of the Industrial Power Converter Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society. He has published over 325 technical papers in power electronics and electric machines, and is a regular consultant to industry. He was also awarded 21 patents in the field of motor protection and monitoring.

He has served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the Division II Director, and on the Technical Activities Board, the Member and Geographic Activities Board, the IEEE-USA Board of Directors, and is a past president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. In addition, Dr. Habetler has served in numerous chair and committee positions at the corporate level of the IEEE. Dr. Habetler is a Fellow of the IEEE.

  • Current-based condition monitoring of electric machines
  • Control of electric machine drives
  • Power electronics
  • Design and protection of electric machines
Distinctions & Awards
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Elected in 2002 with citation, “For contributions to electric motor control and condition monitoring.”
  • IEEE-PELS “Diagnostics Achievement Award,” 2009.
  • European Power Electronics and Motion Control (EPE-PEMC) “Outstanding Achievement Award,” 2008.
  • 2012 IEEE Power Electronics Society Harry A. Owen Distinguished Service Award.
  • 2012 IEEE Industry Applications Society Gerald B. Kliman Innovator Award.
  • 2012 IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Annual Conference, Most Cited Author Award.
  • Numerous Prize Paper Awards