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. 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 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.

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 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.

For DL nomination please contact DL Program Chair Prof. John Shen at johnshen@ieee.org.


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

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

Qing-Chang Zhong is the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, the University of Sheffield, UK. He received his PhD degree in control and power engineering (awarded the Best Doctoral Thesis Prize) from Imperial College London, London, UK, in 2004. He, jointly with G. Weiss, invented the synchronverter technology to operate inverters to mimic synchronous generators, which was awarded Highly Commended at the 2009 IET Innovation Awards. He is a Specialist recognised by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Senior Member of IEEE, the Vice-Chair of IFAC TC 6.3 (Power and Energy Systems) responsible for the Working Group on Power Electronics and was a Senior Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust, UK (2009–2010). He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Access and the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society. His research focuses on power electronics, advanced control theory and the integration of both, together with applications in renewable energy, smart grid integration, electric drives and electric vehicles, aircraft power systems, high-speed trains etc. He is an IET Fellow, AE of TPEL, and an author of the book Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration.


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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
Parallel Operation of Inverters Read Abstract
Power Converters without Electrolytic Capacitors Read Abstract