Lee Empringham received the B.Eng. (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham, U.K., in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in November 2000. He then joined the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham, to work on matrix converter commutation techniques.
Since then, he has worked as a Research Fellow to support different ongoing Industrially based research programmes focusing on highly compact power converter applications for Aerospace, renewables and Industrial drives in collaboration with such companies as Boeing, GE Aviation, US Army Research Labs, Infineon, Liebherr Aerospace, Airbus, and Eurocopter.
In 2010, he was appointed as a Principal Research Fellow within the group and Professor of Power Conversion Technologies in 2017 where he lead multiple integrated power electronic initiatives including the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics Heterogeneous Integration Theme and was deputy director of both the EPSRC Automotive Challenge Network and the Advanced Propulsion Centre thematic Spoke on Power Electronics.
His research interests include direct AC–AC power conversion, variable speed AC motor drives using different circuit topologies, more-electric aircraft applications, power electronics integration, and high power density power conversion techniques. In 2017, he co-founded The thinking Pod Innovations Ltd.