Travis Thul, D. Eng., P.E.

Travis Thul TLI

Travis Thul

Senior Fellow, Director of Operations, Technological Leadership Institute


Doctor of Engineering
The George Washington University

MS in Electrical Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison

BS in Electrical Engineering Technology
Milwaukee School of Engineering

AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology
Fox Valley Technical College


Prior to joining the Technological Leadership Institute, Travis was a White House Fellow charged with developing and executing export content policy for transformational technologies and coordinated economic diplomacy outreach as part of the Abraham Accords. These efforts helped to facilitate 27 billion dollars in export credits to American manufacturers and yielded Memorandums of Understanding with the governments of Oman and Sudan. Travis previously served as Dean of Technology at Minnesota State College Southeast. There, he and his team of 35 faculty reimagined technology education. This included the Rural Advanced Manufacturing Education Hub, deploying applied engineering education to regional high schools; the Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative, raising over $1M to build rapid prototyping labs; and the world’s first Bicycle Design and Fabrication degree, bridging the gap between Generation Z and the world of practical engineering. Travis has also chaired the American National Standards Institute Working Group for Wireless Power, coordinating dozens of engineers from around the globe to develop and publish the most comprehensive sub-30 MHz electromagnetic compliance standard in a generation. Travis is also a reserve Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander and the managing partner of 2T2J, Inc.

In addition, Travis serves as the Electrical Engineer Member on Minnesota’s Board of Electricity and as an Engineer Member on the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

M.S. in Management of Technology
M.S. in Security Technologies
M.S. in Medical Device Innovation

Research Interests

Sub-30 MHz inductively coupled resonant wireless power transfer systems; specifically efficiency and parameter optimization for the U.S. regulatory environment.

Honors and Awards

  • White House Fellow
  • Rising Star Under 40 for the 7 Rivers Region of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin
  • Federal Engineer of the Year for the Federal Communications Commission
  • Adjunct Faculty of the Year at the Community College of Baltimore County
  • Frank Rogers Bacon Fellow
  • Various military commendations
  • Patented inventor

Selected Publications

“ C63.30-2021 - American National Standard for Methods of Measurements of Radio-Frequency Emissions from Wireless Power Transfer Equipment” (