As a retired electric utility operations executive with 30 years of industrial experience, Tom Ferguson joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2007 as a Visiting 3M McKnight Professor, and continues today as an adjunct instructor. Mr. Ferguson was heavily involved with others in the local engineering profession in the start-up of the Department in the mid-1980s. He has taught a variety of upper division courses throughout the Department's existence, as well as chairing the Department's Industrial Advisory Board from its inception until 2005.
Mr. Ferguson holds Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, with concentrations in power systems and electromagnetics. He is also a graduate of the Carlson School of Management's Minnesota Executive Program. He has chaired regional power transmission organizations and international power apparatus committees, and served on various grid expansion and policy setting bodies. His interests include all aspects of energy conversion and delivery, including planning, engineering, operations, policy and environmental issues. Antenna design and wave propagation are also of interest.
Mr. Ferguson is a registered professional engineer, a senior member of the IEEE, and holds commercial and amateur radio licenses. He continues to serve the electric power industry as a consultant and expert witness on various grid matters.