Fang Z. Peng

Fang Z.  Peng
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering


Fang Z. Peng is an expert in power conversion technology for electric utility applications as well as hybrid electric vehicles. He is the director of the MSU Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory. The lab consists of a low-voltage (three-phase 480 V) lab and a medium-voltage (three-phase 13,800 V) lab for conducting research, development, and testing of power converters, inverters and motor drives.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Wuhan University in China (1983), and M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from Nagaoka University of Technology in Japan, all in electrical engineering. Prior to coming to MSU, he was the lead scientist for the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, traveling the U.S. and internationally to speak on power electronics, motor drives, hybrid electric vehicles, and renewable energy interface systems.

His awards include the IEEE Industry Applications Society’s Gerald Kliman Innovator Award (2013), which recognizes noted innovators for their technical contributions. Other honors include best papers for the IEEE Industry Applications Society in 2011 and 2010.

At MSU, he has been recognized with the University Distinguished Faculty Award (now the Beal Outstanding Faculty Award) and the Withrow Distinguished Junior Scholar Award.