Howard Penrose

About the Author President, MotorDoc LLC

Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP is the president of MotorDoc LLC, past Web-Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, and 2018 Chair of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).  He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), RCM Analyst and Facilitator (NAVSEA/NAVAIR), vibration analyst, electrical signature analyst, infrared analyst as well as multiple other technologies with over 35 years in the electric machine and industrial/commercial systems reliability from design to maintenance.  He received 5 UAW-GM People Make Quality Happen Awards from 2005- 2009 for facilities maintenance program development and awards for his books on electrical motor diagnostics and physical asset management.  He is a past Senior Research Engineer for the University of Illinois’ (UIC) Energy Resources Center and past adjunct professor of industrial engineering and industrial safety at UIC.

Dr. Penrose has been involved in electrical machine technologies from design to repair and applications to forensics on electrical and mechanical systems from nuclear power to steel, LVAD heart pumps to NASA wind tunnels, and hybrid vehicles (passenger and heavy equipment hybrid machine design at GM until 2009 and John Deere including assembler training through the present) to wind turbines.  His company, MotorDoc LLC, is responsible for electric machine condition for the largest chiller plant in North America (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD) as well as similar projects globally.  He is the Past Chair of SMRP Government Affairs and has advised Homeland Security, NIST, and policymakers as part of SMRP standing committees related to cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems of physical asset management (IIoT) and Smart Grid/Infrastructure.  He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Standards Association, SMRP, Vibration Institute, AWEA, and MENSA as well as a UAW Local 1981 author and publisher.  In his spare time, he is the Managing Partner in a major powerlifting gym near Chicago and a world-class powerlifting competitor, World referee and trainer with numerous world, national and state records, including Team USA World Champion for the World Powerlifting Congress (2012-2017) Masters Division.