Dawson, Francis


Energy Systems


Contact Information
E-Mail: dawson@ece.utoronto.ca
Phone: (416) 978-8540
Office: SF 1021H


Francis Dawson (S’86-M’87) received the BSc degree in physics and the BASc, MASc, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in 1978, 1982, 1985, and 1988, respectively. He worked as a process control engineer in the pulp and paper, rubber and textile industries during the period 1978-1980. From 1982 to 1984 he acted as a consultant on various projects. Development areas included high-frequency link power supplies, power supplies for specialized applications and high current protection circuits. Since 1988 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto where he is engaged in teaching and research. His areas of research interest include static power converters and their applications, signal processing in power engineering applications, energy storage systems and device or process modeling. He has also participated as a Consultant or Project Leader in several industrial projects. Dr. Dawson is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and is an IEEE Fellow.


  • Registered as a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the Province of Ontario
  • Life Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • Member of the IEEE
  • International Society of Optical Engineering
  • IEEE Magnetics Society
  • IEEE Power Electronics Society
  • IEEE Industrial Applications Society
  • IEEE Plasma and Nuclear Society
  • IEEE Electron Devices Society
  • IEEE Power Engineering Society
  • Japanese Magnetics Society
  • IEEE IAS Associate Editor, Industrial Lighting and Displays Technical Committee, 2004-2011
  • IEEE IAS Industrial Lighting and Displays Technical Committee, 2011-present
  • K. Yamamoto; Best Student Paper Award; Custom Integrated Circuit Conference, Sept. 16-19, San Jose, 2007
  • F. Farahmand; 3rd best paper prize for IAS 2005 (Components and Devices Technical
  • Myron Zucker Student Design Project 1st Prize Award; 2012