The IEEE Distinguished Lecturers (DL) Program is one of the most exciting offerings available to the IEEE Society Chapters. Each year, the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) selects a few distinguished members of our profession as Distinguished Lecturers, not only to celebrate and honor their high achievements in the field of power electronics but also to support PELS chapter activities by providing high profile speakers for local chapter/section events. The following guidelines are provided regarding the selection and operation of the DL program:

1. Nominations or self-nominations for PELS Distinguished Lecturers should be submitted to the DL Program Chair of PELS from January 1 through June 30 each year which should include (1) Nominator's contact information and a short bio (not needed for self-nomination); (2) Nominee's contact information and full resume; (3) 1 to 3 proposed lectures each with a title and short abstract (less than 100 words for each title); (4) Nominee's past records in giving public lectures, seminars, or tutorials; and (5) Endorsement for the nomination from one or more of the PELS Technical Committee(s).

2. The nominations will be evaluated by the DL Selection Committee which is chaired by the DL Program Chair of PELS, and is made of the VP of Operations, VP of Meetings, VP of Products, Chair of Chapter Activities, Chair of Award Committee of PELS, and two independent members appointed by the President of PELS. The DL Selection Committee will complete the annual review by August 30 and forward the recommendation to the President of PELS for official approval no later than October 1. The DL list will be published before December 31, and will be acknowledged in PELS publicity materials and honored at selected PELS award ceremonies afterwards.

3. The appointed DLs will serve a two year term and fulfill a commitment of delivering at least two lectures during the two year time period. Each DL can serve up to two consecutive terms (a total of four years). The appointed DLs will report their lecture activities to the DL Program Chair at the end of each term they have served.

4. The request for a DL presentation should be initiated by a chapter or student chapter of PELS, approved by the Chapter Activities Chair and the Treasurer of PELS pending on the availability of funds to support such activities. PELS will support DL’s volunteer work by covering transportation expense consistent with the PELS travel reimbursement policy while the local PELS chapter is encouraged to cover the local expenses (lodging, foods, local transportation, etc.). The local chapters and the DLs should make every effort to keep the cost down when making DL lecture arrangement. Alternatively the DLs may be requested to give a live or recorded webinar lecture.

5. Chapters from other IEEE Societies or non-IEEE entities may request a DL presentation from PELS. PELS chapters may request a particular lecture offered by a DL who has finished his or her term within the past five years. The decision to support such interests or engagements shall be made at the discretion of the VP of Operations on a case-by-case basis, and shall be contingent upon the availability of funds to support such activities.

For DL nomination please contact DL Program Chair Prof. John Shen at If you would like to invite a DL to give a talk at your local chapter/section events, please contact Chapter Activity Chair Prof. Vladdimir Katic at

PELS is pleased to announce our new Distinguished Lecturers of Class 2015-2016, and welcome the continuous service of our DLs of Class 2014-2015:


Distinguished Lecturers 2015-2016

ralph_kennel_webRalph Kennel

Predictive Control - the  Powerful Method to Control Power Converters and Drives in the Future

Encoderless Control of AC Drives

Encoders for Simultaneous Sensing of Position and Speed - a Bottleneck in Electrical Drives with Digital Control

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photo_kolar_johann_260110Johann Kolar

The Essence of Three-Phase PFC Rectifier Systems

The Essence of Three-Phase AC-AC Converter Systems

Pareto-Optimal Design of Airborne Wind Turbine Power Electronics

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Dragan Maksimovic

Digital control of high-frequency switched mode DC-DC power converters

Analog and digital control techniques for single-phase power factor correction (PFC) rectifiers

Averaged-switch modeling of DC-DC converters

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Seth Sanders

The Road to Integrated Power Conversion via the Switched Capacitor Approach

Digital PWM:  Theory and Design for High Frequency Power Conversion Applications

Distributed Solar Thermal Power Generation

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Distinguished Lecturers 2014-2015

Po TaiPo-Tai Cheng

Powering Critical Loads - A Taiwan Experience

Autonomous control techniques for Microgrid applications

Low Voltage Ride-through of renewable energy converters

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rsz hurleyGerard Hurley

A Unified Approach to Transformer and Inductor Design: Theory and Applications

High Frequency magnetics: Core and Winding Losses

Planar Magnetics: Models, Materials and Process

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Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

Predictive Control in Power Electronics and Drives

Multilevel inverters

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Pat WheelerPat Wheeler

Why the More Electric Aircraft Needs Power Electronics

Why Power Electronics is the Enabling Technology for the Future Electrical Energy Supply Grid

Matrix Converters – Technology and Applications

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Qing-Chang ZhongQing-Chang Zhong

Next-Generation Smart Grid: Completely Autonomous Power Systems (CAPS)

Integration of Renewable Energy into Smart Grids

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