Dr. Tolbert is a Thrust Leader in CURENT and the Min H. Kao Professor and Head in UT's Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Dr. Tolbert is also an adjunct participant at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and conducts joint research at the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee and an IEEE Fellow.
He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with highest honors in 1989, followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and 1999, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1999. He is also a participating faculty member of the Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center at UT.
Dr. Tolbert’s areas of research interest include high efficiency electric power conversion for data centers, application of WBG (SiC and GaN) power devices, multilevel converters, electric vehicles, renewable energy interfaces, and utility application of power electronics.