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Robert (Bob) Lorenz

Robert (Bob) Lorenz

Design and control of electrical motor drives: "E-Drives," used in hybrid vehicles

Professor, mechanical engineering; co-director, Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) College of Engineering Work: 608-262-5343 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Vehicular, industrial and home automation, and aerospace applications of E-Drives
  • High-performance E-Drive control for torque, motion and reliability
  • Making the E-Drive motor itself the sensor, i.e. self-sensing
  • Integrated sensing and active thermal-mechanical control in power electronics for E-Drives
  • Sensor replacement methods in E-Drives via integrated design for sensing and observers
  • Hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles


  • Co-director of WEMPEC, the world's largest and longest standing research consortium on E-Drives
  • IEEE Fellow, for E-Drive control
  • IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award for E-Drive control contributions