University of Glasgow professor wins prestigious engineering award

Published: 27 July 2007

Professor TJE Miller will receive the prestigious Nikola Tesla award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for contributions to the design of electrical machines

Professor TJE Miller from the University of Glasgow has been announced as the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Nikola Tesla Award for work in electrical machines.

As Director of the Scottish Power Electronics and Electric Drives (SPEED) Consortium, Professor Miller has led the development of theoretical methods, design techniques, and software used in the industrial production of much of the machinery used in our everyday lives, including washing machines, refrigerators, power tools, and a wide range of industrial products. Awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) the award recognises the substantial achievements of the SPEED Laboratory in joint research and development with several hundred manufacturing companies throughout the UK and Europe, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Brazil.

The work of the SPEED Laboratory is important for maintaining progress in this area as the industrialised world looks for practical responses to the issues of climate change and energy efficiency.

Professor Miller said: “This award reflects a durable and successful engineering collaboration between the academic and industrial world, an association which has long been championed in Scotland.  I’m especially proud that so many of our team are Glasgow graduates, including myself.  We have built on foundations laid here since 1923, the time of Bernard Hague, James Watt Professor, who provided some of the links between our  modern methods and those of Maxwell and Kelvin.”

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First published: 27 July 2007

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