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New Professor of Power Electronics Joins WMG

Professor Richard McMahon WMG University of WarwickWMG at the University of Warwick is proud to announce the arrival of Professor Richard McMahon who joins from Cambridge University.


As WMG’s first Professor of Power Electronics, Professor McMahon will set up and lead a power electronics research group widening WMG’s Energy and Electrical Systems research. He will bring with him his team from Cambridge, and a wealth of knowledge in power electronics, especially using wide band-gap devices, and their application in the automotive sector, energy use and storage, power distribution and renewable generation from both wind and wave power.

Professor McMahon comments: “Power electronics is a relatively new area of research for WMG, and I’m looking forward to using my expertise to help to grow and expand the existing Energy and Electrical Systems research.”

Professor McMahon was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Engineering Department at Cambridge University where he also gained both his undergraduate degree and PhD in Engineering. Following a number of post-doctoral positions, latterly in the Department of Physics in Cambridge, he returned to a Lectureship in Engineering. He is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and also a Guest Professor at North China Electric Power University.

Professor McMahon is an Associate Editor of two IET journals (Power Electronics and Renewable Power Generation) and is on the Organising Committee of IET’s PEMD (Power Electronics Machines and Drives Conference). He is also External Examiner for the MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh.

He has published over 240 papers and is named as an inventor on 19 patents (granted or applied for). He received a UK Energy Innovation Award in 2015 for Best University Technology (with HTIP Limited). He has given invited technical and public lectures and has supervised, or is supervising, 36 doctoral students and 23 Masters students.

For further information please contact:


Lisa Barwick, Head of Marketing and Communications, WMG,
University of Warwick Tel: 024 76 524721 or 07824 540845 email


Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Policy, University of Warwick,
Tel UK: 024 76523708 office 07767 655860 mobile
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PR20 25th January 2016 PJD