Contact Professor Patrick Luk

Areas of expertise

  • Armour systems
  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  • Electric Power Machines
  • Mechatronics & Advanced Controls
  • Power Systems & Turbines
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sensor Technologies
  • Vehicle Engineering & Mobility


High Diploma with merit, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), 1983

M.Phil. degree, Sheffield University, 1989

Ph.D. degree, University of South Wales, 1992

Patrick started his career in industry as Assis-tant Engineer at GEC (H.K.) and then as Application Engineer at Polytek Engineering Co. (H.K.).

In 1986, he began his academic career as a Researcher at PolyU. In 1987, he won a British Council Scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies at Sheffield University. Since 1988, he has had held academic positions at the University of South Wales, Robert Gordon University, and University of Hertfordshire.

In 2002, he joined Cranfield University, where he is currently a Full Professor in Electrical Engineering. He has been an active volunteer in his professional services, including serving as a Chairman of the IEEE UKRI Power Electronics Chapter from 2007-2013. Currently he is the Chairman of the IEEE UKRI Young Professionals, and is Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions in Power Electron-ics, and IET Power Generation Journal. He has over 140 technical publications in electrical machines and drives.

He sits on several international Committees, including the IEEE IAS Electrical Machine Committee, and the IEEE IES Electrical Machine Technical Committee. He has been regularly invited as keynote speaker at national and international conferences. A Senior Member of the IEEE, he won many awards including the 2006 DTI Innovation Award, and most recently the 2011 IET Premium Award in Electric Power Applications.

Current activities

Professor Luk undertakes both basic and applied research in electric machines and drives, with major emphasis on:

Power-dense and torque-dense machines for high performance applications, including superconducting machines for future electric aircraft

Low cost sustainable machines that are not exposed to the risks of material supply chain due to political and environmental factors

On power electronics, he undertakes research in:

Converters with advanced switching schemes for electric motors

Resonance converters for wireless power transfer

Interfacing smart grids with renewable and other energy sources, including electric vehicles

Working closely with industry and academic collaborators at national and international levels, his research is supported by both government and industry, and with definitive paths for commercialization where appropriate.


The current sponsors and clients include:

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

BAE Systems

United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

Previous clients include:

First Automotive Works

Southeast Agency

Genrow Ltd

Hong Kong University

Lockheed Martin

Ministry of Defence

Mitsubishi UK

Scottish Electronics


Royal Society


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