Plenary Session Speakers
prof. Pat Wheeler
Pat Wheeler

prof. Pat Wheeler

Prof. Pat Wheeler, University of Nottingham.

Prof Pat Wheeler received his BEng [Hons] degree in 1990 from the University of Bristol, UK.

He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering for his work on Matrix Converters from the University of Bristol, UK in 1994.

In 1993 he moved to the University of Nottingham and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

In 1996 he became a Lecturer in the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Since January 2008 he has been a Full Professor in the same research group.

He was Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham from 2015 to 2018.

He is currently the Head of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group, Global Director of the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Aerosapce Technology and was the Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Electrical and Aerospace Engineering.

He is a member of the IEEE PELs and is currently IEEE PELS Vice-President for Technical Operations.

He has published over 750 academic publications in leading international conferences and journals.

Trends and Challenges in Electrification of Aircraft Propulsion Systems


This plenary presentation will consider the roadmaps for aircraft propulsion electrification and will draw on comparisons with other transportation electrification platforms and the technological developments which are going to be needed to make these visions possible.

These developments and technology challenges will include the electrical drivetrain design and the applications of motor design and power converter topology choices as well as the impact of emerging technology advances including cooling techniques, integration, system optimization and wide-bandgap semiconductors.

The Challenges for us as Power Electronics or Electrical Machines experts will also be considered.