James L. Kirtley Jr. is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning the S.B., S.M., E.E. and Ph.D degrees in 1968, 1968, 1969 and 1971, respectively. In 1974 and 1975 he was with General Electric in Schenectady, New York. In 1993 and 1994 he was Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. From 1998 until 2000 he was with SatCon Technology Corporation as Vice and General Manager of the Tech Center.
Prof. Kirtley is a specialist in electric machinery and power systems engineering. He has participated in broadly-based research and development in several related areas, including superconducting electric machinery, conventional turbogenerators, large machinery for ship propulsion, monitoring of electric power systems and equipment, magnetic bearings and magnetic levitation and design of electric machinery. In addition to core subjects in electrical engineering and computer science, his teaching activities include graduate and undergraduate subjects in electric machinery and electric power systems.
Prof. Kirtley has published two books, more than 90 articles in journals and IEEE magazines and more than 100 conference papers. He is holder of 24 US patents. Kirtley was Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion and a number of committees and subcommittees within the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He is a member of the editorial board of Electric Machines and Power Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE and was a recipient of one of the IEEE Third Millenium Medals (2000) and is the recipient of the 2002 Nikola Tesla Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.