SPEAKERS

Joachim Holtz ( University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany )

Joachim Holtz (M’87–SM’88–LF’93) received the Diploma in Engineering and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Technical University Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, in 1967 and 1969, respectively., He became an Associate Professor in 1969 and a Full Professor in 1971 with the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India. In 1972, he joined Siemens Research Laboratories, Erlangen, Germany. From 1976 to 1998, he was a Professor with the Machines and Drives Laboratory, Wuppertal University, Wuppertal, Germany, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus and a Consultant. He is a coauthor of seven books and holds 33 patents.Dr. Holtz received 17 Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE IES Dr. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award, IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award, IEEE PELS William E. Newell Award, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, and IEEE Lamme Gold Medal.

Ned Mohan ( Univerisity of Minnesota, Electrical Engineering, USA )

Ned Mohan (S’72–M’73–SM’91–F’96–LF’12) received the bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India, in 1967, and the master’s degree in nuclear engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, WI, USA, in 1972 and 1973, respectively.
He is currently the Oscar A. Schott Professor of power electronics with the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, where he has been engaged in teaching since 1976. He has authored or co-authored in power electronics, electric drives, and power systems and five textbooks, one of which has been translated into six languages. He holds numerous patents.
Dr. Mohan was a recipient of the 2008 IEEE PES Outstanding Educator Award, the 2010 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, the 2010 UWIG Achievement Award from Utility Wind Integration Group, the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kharagpur, the 2012 IEEE Power and Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award, and the 2013 Innovative Program Award from the ECE Department Heads Association made up of over 250 universities in the United States.

Jose Rodriguez ( Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile )

Jose Rodriguez (M'81–SM'94–F'10) received the Engineer degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile, in 1977, and the Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany, in 1985. He has been with the Department of Electronics Engineering, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, since 1977, where he was a Full Professor and President. Since 2015, he has been the President and since 2019 he has been a Full Professor with Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Santiago, Chile.
He has coauthored two books, several book chapters, and more than 400 journals and conference papers. His main research interests include multilevel inverters, new converter topologies, control of power converters, and adjustable-speed drives. Mr. Rodriguez was the recipient of a number of Best Paper Awards from IEEE journals.
Dr. Rodriguez is member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering, the National Award of Applied Sciences and Technology from the government of Chile in 2014, and the Eugene Mittelmann Award from the Industrial Electronics Society of the IEEE in 2015.

Iqbal Hussain ( NCSU Raleigh, NC, USA )

Iqbal Husain (S’89–M’89–SM’99–F’09) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 1993.,He is the Director with the FREEDM NSF Engineering Center aOutstanding Researcher Award, the 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and the 1998 IEEE-IAS Outstanding Young Member award. He was the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Industry Applications Society for 2012–2013. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Electrification Magazine. nd the ABB Distinguished Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, where he also serves as the Director with the Advanced Transportation Energy Center.
Prior to joining the North Carolina State University, he was with the University of Akron, where he built a successful power electronics and motor drives program. He was a Visiting Professor with Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA, in 2001. His expertise is in the areas of power electronics, electric machines, motor drives, and system controls. In the FREEDM center, his research is focused on power electronics integration into power systems and transportation electrification.
He has also developed innovative graduate and undergraduate courses on electric and hybrid vehicles and published a textbook on the subject.Dr. Husain was the recipient of the 2006 SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award, the 2004 College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and the 1998 IEEE-IAS Outstanding Young Member award. He was the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Industry Applications Society for 2012–2013. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Electrification Magazine.

Subhashish Bhattacharya ( NCSU Raleigh, USA )

Subhashish Bhattacharya received his B.E. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, in 1986; his M.E. degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, in 1988; and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2003, all in electrical engineering. He was with the Flexible AC Transmission Systems and Power Quality Division, Westinghouse/SiemensPower Transmission and Distribution from 1998 to 2005.
In August 2005, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where he is currently the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a founding faculty member of the National Science Foundation’s FREEDM Systems Center and the U.S. Department of Energy PowerAmerica Institute.
A portion of his Ph.D. research on active power filters was commercialized by York Corporation for air conditioner chillers. His research interests include solid-state transformers, medium-voltage power converters, FACTS, utility applications, high-frequency magnetics, and power-conversion applications of silicon-carbide devices. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Praveen Jain ( Queen’s University Kingston, Canada )

Dr. Praveen Jain is Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics and Director of the Queen's University Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER). Dr. Jain holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). He is the recipient of the 2011 William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics from IEEE, of the Engineering Medal (R&D) from the Professional Engineers of Ontario and of the Queen's Prize for Research Excellence. His research contributions have resulted in over 550 publications and 114 patents (issued and pending). He has received over $33M in external research funding.
Dr. Jain has demonstrated experience in successfully transferring technology from university to industry and concept to product. His industrial experience has included work as a power electronics engineer for Canadian Aeronautics where he contributed to the design and development of high frequency power conversion equipment for the International Space Station, as an advisor for Nortel Networks, and as a consultant with Astec Advanced Power Systems, providing guidance for the research and development of advanced power technologies for telecommunications. He has also consulted with many organizations including Ballard Power, General Electric and Intel. In addition, he established two new companies, CHiL Semiconductor and SPARQ Systems, from research innovation at Queen’s University.

Hamid A. Toliyat ( A&M University, TX, USA )

Hamid A. Toliyat (S'87, M'91, SM'96, F'08) is currently a Raytheon Professor of electrical engineering with Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. He has authored over 460 technical papers, and has 22 issued and pending U.S. patents. He has co-authored or edited DSP-Based Electromechanical Motion Control, Handbook of Electric Motors—Second Edition, and Electric Machines—Modeling, Condition Monitoring, and Fault Diagnosis. Dr. Toliyat received the prestigious Nikola Tesla Field Award from the IEEE in 2014, the Cyrill Veinott Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society in 2004, and numerous awards from Texas A&M University. He was a recipient of the 2008 Industrial Electronics Society Electric Machines Committee Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Power Engineering Society Prize Paper Awards in 1996 and 2006, and the 2006 and 2016 IEEE Industry Applications Society Transactions Prize Paper Awards.

Prasad Enjetit ( Texas A&M University College Station, USA )

Dr. Prasad Enjeti’s primary research interests are: Advance power electronic converters for utility interface of solar-pv/wind/fuel-cell/battery-energy storage power systems; design of high temperature power conversion systems with wide band-gap semiconductor devices; new converter topologies for single/three phase solid state transformers (SSTs) with medium frequency isolation; medium voltage power converters for mega-watt scale solar-pv/wind/fuel-cell energy systems, adjustable speed drives with medium frequency transformer isolation; development of smart solar pv-systems for curved surfaces / BIPVs; power quality enhancement for interconnected renewables; power quality issues: design & development of active power filters; dynamic voltage restorer’s (DVRs) and new & improved ride-through technologies employing flywheel and supercapacitors; advancing switching power supply designs for portable power systems and modular fuel-cell systems.
He is a Fellow of IEEE (year 2000) for "Contributions to solutions of utility interface problems in power electronic systems and harmonic mitigation”. He is the inaugural recipient of the R. David Middlebrook Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society, 2012.
In addition to his regular graduate and undergraduate teaching load, he along with his students and colleagues has taught 25 different technical short courses, has published well over 100 conference papers, 86 journal papers, and seven book chapters. His research emphasis on industry-based issues has attracted significant funding. So far, 26 PhD and 41 MS students have graduated under his supervision and have spring-boarded into key leadership positions.
He is the lead developer of the Power Electronics / Power Quality & Fuel Cell Power Conditioning Laboratories at Texas A&M University and is actively involved in many projects with industries while engaged in teaching, research and consulting in the area of power electronics.

Frede Blaabjerg ( Aalborg University Aalborg, Denmark )

Frede Blaabjerg (Fellow, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering with Aalborg University, in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor, in 1992, an Associate Professor, in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives, in 1998. From 2017, he became a Villum Investigator. He was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. He has published more than 600 journal articles in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He has coauthored four monographs and Editor of ten books in power electronics and its applications. His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives.,He has received 31 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award, in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award, in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014, the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014, and the Global Energy Prize, in 2019. He received an honoris causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania, and Tallinn Technical University (TTU), Estonia. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, from 2006 to 2012. He has been Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society, from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society, from 2010 to 2011 and 2017 to 2018. From 2019 to 2020, he serves as the President for the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is the Vice President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences too. He is nominated in 2014–2018 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.