Generations of efforts by the EE College faculty members have yielded impressive scientific results such as the first double water inner-cooled electrical generator of China (in 1950s), the first thyristor-based medium-frequency induction heating power supplies (in 1960s) which enabled the industry of solid-state inductive heating power supplies in China, and the foundation of Industrial Electronics (in 1970s) which was the basis of modern power electronics in China. In 1980s, the EE College contributed to the key technologies of the first HVDC project in China, and in 1990s they designed the first set of fabric CAD system nationwide. Early in the 21st century, its electric machine team successfully developed electrical drive for environment control and life support system for space crafts and EVA space suits.
Due to its close relationship with industrial partners in the Yangtze River Delta, a center of Chinese economic development, the College collaborates closely with many state-owned enterprises, such as the State Grid of China, China Southern Power Grid, Shanghai Electric, and CRRC. In the past 10 years, the EE College has been granted 384 national-level research projects with its annual research funding averaging 150 million RMB. The collaborative research efforts contributed to 43 major research awards, including 9 national awards. Meanwhile, over 3900 papers were published (more than 1000 of which were included in the Scientific Citation Index) and 436 patents were granted. The College has so far been involved in setting up 5 regional industrial research institutes which combines the strengths of local government, industry and university to commercialize its technologies.
The College currently aims at advancing key technologies such as smart grid, renewable energy, advanced power semiconductor devices, high-speed and high-efficiency motor drives, robots, cyber security, intelligent sensing and communication.