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Pat Wheeler

Head of Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Professor of Power Electronic Systems, Faculty of Engineering



Prof. Pat Wheeler received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering for his work on Matrix Converters at the University of Bristol, England in 1993. In 1993 he moved to the University of Nottingham and worked as a research assistant in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

In 1996 he became a lecturer in Power Electronic Systems with the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group at the University of Nottingham, UK, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2003, and a Professor in January 2008.

Expertise Summary

Power electronics

Teaching Summary


  • Signal Processing and Control Engineering (H62SPC) Level 2
  • Control 1 (H5BCT1) Level 3
  • Power Systems for Automotive, Marine and Aerospace Applications (H64ANA/1) Level 4
  • 3rd Year Group MEng Project

Research Summary

Professor Wheeler is currently researching:

  • power electronics for power conversion
  • matrix converters
  • multi-level converters/multi-cellular converters for high power/voltage applications in the Electrical gridy
  • power converters for power system applications
  • technologies for the More Electric Aircraft

Recent Publications

  • COX, T., BERTOLA, L. and WHEELER, P., 2017. Electromagnetic Launch of Civil Aircraft: A Comparison of Induction, Permanent Magnet Synchronous and Superconducting Motor Systems In: Magnetics Society Non-Rotating Machines Seminar.
  • BERTOLA, L., COX, T., WHEELER, P., POLENTA, V., GARVEY, S. and MORVAN, H., 2017. Reducing Weight and Fuel Consumption of Civil Aircraft by Electromagnetic Launch In: ICAS 2017: 19th International Conference on Aeronautical Sciences.
  • BERTOLA, L., COX, T., WHEELER, P., GARVEY, S. and MORVAN, H., 2017. Thermal Design of Linear Induction and Synchronous Motor for Electromagnetic Launch of Civil Aircraft IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. (In Press.)
  • GU, CHUNYANG, WHEELER, PAT, CASTELLAZZI, ALBERTO, WATSON, ALAN J. and EFFAH, FRANCIS, 2017. Semiconductor Devices in Solid-State/Hybrid Circuit Breakers: Current Status and Future Trends Energies. 10(4),

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