Distinguished Lecturers

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. 

How to Arrange a DL Visit

  • The request for a DL presentation should be initiated by a chapter or student chapter of PELS, approved by the the Regional Chair/Country Liaison, VP of Membership, 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. If a long distance international travel is required, it is recommended that the DL give more than one lecture in the traveled region (or country) during the trip.
  • The DL program usually does not support a DL to give a presentation or tutorial at a regular IEEE conference unless it is solely sponsored by a local section or chapter. A DL should acknowledge and publicize the support of PELS during his or her lecture.
  • 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 two years. The decision to support such interests or engagements shall be made at the discretion of the VP of Membership on a case-by-case basis, and shall be contingent upon the availability of funds to support such activities. 

To request a DL talk, please submit your request by completing this form.


Promoting PELS During the Visit - PELS Overview Presentation

  • For PELS DL's and DL Organizers: Please click here to download an overview presentation for the Power Electronics Society member benefits. This presentation can be shown to lecture attendees. 

Distinguished Lecturers 2017-2018

Vassilios G. Agelidis  portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2017-2018
Technical University of Denmark

Vassilios G. Agelidis (S’89–M’91–SM’00–F’16) was born in Serres, Greece. He received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Thrace, Greece, in 1988, the M.S. degree in applied science from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, in 1997. He also holds a graduate diploma on business administration from the Curtin Graduate School of Business, Perth, Western Australia. He has worked at Curtin University, (1993–1999), University of Glasgow, U.K. (2000–2004 as Senior Lecturer and Research Manager for the Glasgow-Strathclyde Centre for Economic Renewable Power Delivery), Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2005–2006 as Chair of Power Engineering Professor), the University of Sydney, Australia (2007–2010, where he held the Energy Australia Chair in Power Engineering), and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia (2010-2016 as the Director of the Australian Energy Research Institute). In 2015, he was with the ABB Corporate Research Centre, Västerås, Sweden, for a sabbatical. Since October 2016, he is a professor at the Centre for Electrical Power and Energy, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. He has also been a visiting professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, China, since 2011 under the Chinese Government’s High End Experts Program. Dr. Agelidis received the Advanced Research Fellowship from the U.K.’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in 2004. He was the Vice-President Operations within the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2006 to 2007. He was an AdCom Member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2007 to 2009 and the Technical Chair of the 39th IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, Rhodes, Greece, 2008. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the IET (UK).
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High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Technologies Read Abstract
Large-Scale Solar PV Electricity Grid Integration: Technologies, Issues, Market Integration and Impact Read Abstract
Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) Technologies Read Abstract
Power Electronics Technologies for Utility Scale Battery Energy Storage Read Abstract
Huang-Jen  Chiu  portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2017-2018
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Huang-Jen Chiu has been with the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, where he is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of Center for Power Electronic Technologies, now. His research interests include high efficiency/ high power density bidirectional DC/DC converters, PFC topologies, PV inverters, and DSP control in renewable energy applications.

His work brought him several distinctive awards including the Young Researcher Award in 2004 from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009 and the Excellent Research Award in 2009 and 2011 from the NTUST, the Y. Z. Hsu Scientific Paper Award in 2010, the Excellent Academic-industry collaboration Award in 2015, and Google Little Box Academic Awards. His student teams won the grand prize of the IEEE International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC) in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Dr. Chiu is an IEEE senior member and serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II: Express Letters (TCAS-II). He is currently the Taipei Chapter Chair of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and the General Co-chair of 2017 IEEE International Future Energy Electronics Conference (IFEEC 2017-ECCE Asia). Dr. Chiu is actively working in IEEE Taipei Section. He arranged several meetings to promote the local activity of IEEE member in Taipei Section and to increase the number of IEEE membership in Taiwan. He served as the Program Chair of 2015 IEEE International Future Energy Electronics Conference (IEEE IFEEC 2015), the Topic Co-Chair of 2016 International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC 2016) and the Secretary of IEEE PELS/ IES Taipei Joint Chapter during 2010-2014. Dr. Chiu was the organizer of 2014 Symposium on Semiconductor Power Conversion (S2PC 2014) co-sponsored by IEEE PELS/ IES Taipei, KIPE in Korea and IEEJ-IAS in Japan and the organizer of Taiwan-Japan Symposium on Power Conversion (TJSPC 2012) co-sponsored by IEEE PELS/ IES Taipei and IEEJ-IAS in Japan. He also organized the 2015 Cross-Strait Green Energy Forum co-sponsored by the TaiPEA and CES in China. Dr. Chiu is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). He has published more than 300 academic publications in leading international conferences and SCI journals.
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High Efficiency Wireless Power Transfer System Read Abstract
High Power Density AC-DC/ DC-DC/ DC-AC Conversion Techniques Read Abstract
Highly Efficient Microinverter for Photovoltaic Panels Read Abstract
Paolo  Mattavelli  portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2017-2018
University of Padova

Paolo Mattavelli received the Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) 1995. From 1995 to 2001, he was a researcher at the University of Padova. From 2001 to 2005 he was an associate professor the University of Udine, where he led the Power Electronics Laboratory. In 2005 he joined the University of Padova in Vicenza with the same duties. From 2010 to 2012 he was a professor and member of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech. He is currently (2017) a professor at the University of Padova, leading the Power Electronics Lab. in Vicenza.

His major field of interest includes analysis, modeling and analog and digital control of power converters, grid-connected converters for renewable energy systems and micro-grids, high-temperature and high-power density power electronics. In these research fields, he has been leading several industrial and government projects.  He has published more than 100 journal papers and more than 250 conference papers. His current google h-index is 57.

From 2003 to 2012 he served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. From 2005 to 2010 he was the IPCC (Industrial Power Converter Committee) Technical Review Chair for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. For terms 2003-2006, 2006-2009 and 2013-2015 he has been a member-at-large of the IEEE Power Electronics Society’s Administrative Committee. He also received in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012 the Prize Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and in 2007, the 2nd Prize Paper Award at the IEEE Industry Application Annual Meeting.  He is an IEEE Fellow. 
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Digital Control in Power Electronics Read Abstract
Dynamic Interactions and stability issues in electronic power distribution systems Read Abstract
Power Converters in Renewable Energy Systems and Intelligent Microgrids Read Abstract
Recent research issues related to the large penetration of renewable energy sources in distribution grids Read Abstract
Krishna  Shenai portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2017-2018
Nitte University

Krishna Shenai earned B. Tech. degree in electronics from Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India in 1979; MS degree in electrical engineering from The University of Maryland-College Park, MD, USA in 1981; and, PhD degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, CA, USA in 1986.

Dr. Shenai held senior technical staff positions at COMSAT Labs, Clarksburg, MD (1981-1983); GE Research Center, Schenectady, NY (1986-1990); and, Intel Corporation, Aloha, OR (1990-1993). In 1993, he joined The University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Subsequently, he held tenured full professorships at The University of Illinois – Chicago, IL (1995-2004); Utah State University, Logan, UT (2006-2007); and, The University of Toledo, OH (2007-2012). He was the Principal Electrical Engineer within the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Labs, Argonne, IL during 2012-2014. Since January 2016, he has been a Distinguished Professor and Director (R&D) at Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute (NMAMIT) in Nitte, Karnataka, India and also an advisor to the Nitte Education Trust (NET) in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India.

Dr. Shenai’s pioneering research in power semiconductor devices and power electronic converters for nearly 40 years has shaped the world-wide industry and produced several key products that have been consistently netting multi-billion dollar annual sales revenues for over 25 years. He has made seminal contributions to low-voltage power MOSFETs, RF power transistors, synchronous rectifiers, high-density power supplies, wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor power devices, high-voltage IGBTs, resonant power converters, and DC microgrids. In the period between 1996 and 2004, he founded and directed world’s first industry-university consortium on power converter reliability at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The research conducted by this group not only unraveled the physics of failure of high-end computer server power supplies, but also led to dramatic improvement in the field-reliability of computer power systems. Dr. Shenai has supervised theses dissertations of more than 3 dozen graduate students from around the world.

Dr. Shenai has authored more than 450 archived publications in major international journals and conference records, 3 books, 10 invited book chapters, and holds 13 issued US patents. Among his many professional awards include a Best Paper award at the 1998 IEEE BCTM conference, 1999 William Brown and FINDS awards from the Institute of Space Studies at Princeton University, 1998 University Scholar award from The University of Illinois, and the first USTAR Endowed Professorship in 2006 from the State of Utah. Dr. Shenai served as the Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Electron Device Society (EDS) from 1998 to 2014. He is an Editor of IEEE J. Electron Device Society (JEDS) and was the General Chair of The First IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Green Buildings and Communities (SGBC) held at the IIT-Madras Research Park in Chennai, India from Dec. 18-20, 2016. Dr. Shenai is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of American Physical Society (APS), a Fellow of Institution of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) of India, and a member of the Serbian Academy of Engineers.
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Distributed Clean Energy Infrastructure Read Abstract
Field-Reliability of High-Density Power Converters Read Abstract
Wide Bandgap (WBG) Power Devices Read Abstract
Mark (Dehong) Xu portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2017-2018
Power Electronics Institute

Mark Dehong Xu (F’13) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Zhejiang University in China, Since 1989. He became a faculty member in Zhejiang University. Now Mark is a professor and director of power electronics research institute of Zhejiang University.

The focus of his current researches are Power Electronics for renewable energies and energy efficiency,  Modeling and control of power converters,  soft switching power conversion for data centers, grid inverters and high speed drives etc.

He has proposed several novel converter topologies and modulation/control concepts, e.g., Phase-shift plus PWM control for bidirectional DC/DC converters, Zero-Voltage-Switching SVM for  three-phase Converters, weighted current damping control of the Grid inverter with LCL-filter. 

Dr. Xu is a Fellow of the IEEE and received three Best Paper Awards of IEEE Conferences. He was at-large Adcom member of IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2006-2008. He serves as an associate editor of both IEEE transaction on power electronics and IEEE transaction on Sustainable Energy. He was General Chair of IEEE ISIE2012 at Hangzhou, IEEE PEDG2013 at Arkansas, and IEEE PEAC2014 at Shanghai.

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Isolated Bi-directional DC/DC Converter Topologies and Control Read Abstract
Modeling and Control of Grid Inverters with LCL filter Read Abstract
Passive Integration with Flexible Multi-layer Foils Read Abstract
Soft Switching Three-phase Converter or Inverter Read Abstract

Distinguished Lecturers 2016-2017

Po-Tai Cheng portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2016-2017
National Tsing Hua University

Po-Tai Cheng received his BS degree from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan in 1990, and PhD degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1999. Since then, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, where he currently holds the position of Professor. His research interest includes renewable energy systems, smart grid, and high power converters. Dr. Cheng is an active member of IEEE Power Electronics Society and Industry Applications Society. He served as an associate editor for transactions of both societies. He was also involved in the the Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) as Technical Program Vice co-Chair in 2009-2011, and Technical Program co-Chair in 2012. He received of the IEEE Industry Applications Society Transactions Prize Paper Award in 2009, and the IEEE IAS Industrial Power Converter Committee Prize Paper Award in 2012.

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Autonomous control techniques for Microgrid applications Read Abstract
Low Voltage Ride-through of renewable energy converters Read Abstract
Powering Critical Loads - A Taiwan Experience Read Abstract
PWM and controls technique of AC/DC Converters/Inverters Read Abstract
Gerard Hurley portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2016-2017
National University of Ireland

William Gerard Hurley received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Cork in 1974, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, in 1976 and the PhD degree at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1988.

He worked for Honeywell Controls in Canada from 1977 to 1979. He worked for Ontario Hydro from 1979 to 1983. He lectured in electronic engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland from 1983 to 1991 and is currently professor of Electrical Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is the Director of the Power Electronics Research Centre there. He served on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1997/1998. Prof. Hurley has given invited presentations on magnetics in Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, China, Australia and USA.

Research interests include high frequency magnetics, power quality, and renewable energy systems. Prof. Hurley is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was General Chair of the Power Electronics Specialists Conference in 2000.   He is the 2013 recipient of the IEEE PELS Middlebrook Award for Technical Achievement. He was appointed Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE for 2014/15.   He has authored a textbook on magnetics and it was translated into Chinese.

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A Unified Approach to Transformer and Inductor Design: Theory and Applications Read Abstract
Challenges and Trends in Magnetics Read Abstract
High Frequency magnetics: Core and Winding Losses Read Abstract
Sudip Mazumder portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2016-2017
University of Illinois, Chicago

Sudip K. Mazumder received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech in 2001. He is a Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago and is the President of NextWatt LLC. He has over 24 years of professional experience and has held R&D and design positions in leading industrial organizations and has served as a Technical Consultant for several industries. He has published about 200 refereed papers and delivered 75 invited presentations. He is an IEEE Fellow (2016) and the recipient of University of Illinois, Chicago’s Inventor of the Year Award (2014), University of Illinois’ University Scholar Award (2013), ONR Young Investigator Award (2005), NSF CAREER Award (2003), and IEEE PELS Transaction Paper Award (2002). Currently, he serves as the Chair for IEEE PELS TC on Sustainable Energy Systems.

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Control of power electronics systems using predictive switching sequences and switching transitions Read Abstract
Nonlinear analysis of power-electronics systems and networks Read Abstract
Pat Wheeler portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2016-2017
University of Nottingham

Prof Pat Wheeler received his BEng [Hons] degree in 1990 from the University of Bristol, UK. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering for his work on Matrix Converters from the University of Bristol, UK in 1994. In 1993 he moved to the University of Nottingham, since January 2008 he has been a Full Professor. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IET. He was the Chairman of the EPE-ECCE 2011 conference in Birmingham, UK in 2011. He is Director of the University of Nottingham Institute for Aerospace Technology, Deputy Head of the Power Electronics, Machines and Controls Research Group and Director of the Clean Sky JTI Project at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include Power Converters for industrial, aerospace and energy applications as well as More Electric Aircraft technology. He has published over 300 academic publications in leading international conferences and journals.


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Electric Superbike Racing – the Design and Construction of a winning Electric Motorbike Read Abstract
Matrix Converters – Technology and Applications Read Abstract
Why Power Electronics is the Enabling Technology for the Future Electrical Energy Supply Grid Read Abstract
Why the More Electric Aircraft Needs Power Electronics Read Abstract
Qing-Chang Zhong portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2016-2017
Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong, Fellow of IEEE and IET, holds the Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor in Energy and Power Engineering at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA. He obtained a PhD degree in 2000 from Shanghai Jiao-Tong University and another PhD degree in 2004 from Imperial College London. Having been recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Control Systems Society, the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the IEEE Power and Energy Society, he is a world-leading multidisciplinary expert in control, power electronics and power systems. Before joining Illinois Institute of Technology, he was the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at The University of Sheffield, UK, where he built up a $5M+ research lab dedicated to the control of energy and power systems and attracted the support of Rolls-Royce, National Instruments, Texas Instruments, Siemens, ALSTOM, Turbo Power Systems, Chroma, Yokagawa, OPAL RT and other organizations. He (co-) authored three research monographs, including Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2013). His fourth book on the architecture and technical routes of next-generation smart grids based on the synchronization mechanism of synchronous machines will be published by Wiley-IEEE in 2017. He is an Associate Editor for leading journals in control and power electronics, including IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, and IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technology.

His current research focuses on advanced control theory, power electronics, and the seamless integration of both to address fundamental challenges in energy and power systems.

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Enabling Technologies in Control and Power Electronics for Power and Energy Systems Read Abstract
Next-Generation Smart Grid: Completely Autonomous Power Systems (CAPS) Read Abstract
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Power Converters without Electrolytic Capacitors Read Abstract

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Illinois Institute of Technology