IEEE PELS Harry A. Owen, Jr. Distinguished Service Award

The IEEE PELS Harry A. Owen, Jr. Distinguished Service Award was established in 1996 to honor long and distinguished service to the welfare of the Power Electronics Society at an exceptional level of dedication and achievement.  The prize consists of an engraved plaque and a cash award of $3,500 USD. In addition, up to $1,000 USD will be reimbursed towards necessary conference registration, travel and accommodation costs incurred to attend the award ceremony.

All members of the Power Electronics Society are eligible.  Achievements by which an individual is judged to have made outstanding contributions to the Power Electronics Society encompass a broad range of activities over a substantial time period including, but not limited to, creative and invigorating leadership of the Society; exceptional administrative and managerial accomplishments on behalf of the Society; identification of new technologies within the scope of the Society, and nurturing activities to support these emerging technologies; initiation of innovative programs to encourage wider participation in the full spectrum of Society activities, and the general communication and advocacy of power electronics technology to the technical community as a whole.

In 2011 the Distinguished Service Award was renamed the Harry A. Owen Distinguished Service Award.

If you would like to nominate a PELS member for the IEEE PELS Harry A. Owen, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, please go to our IEEE Society Awards Application System when the Nomination process opens on 30 December 2021.  To identify as a nominator, you will be asked at the beginning of this process to log in to your existing IEEE account or to register for a new one. Subsequently, you should choose IEEE PELS Harry A. Owen, Jr. Distinguished Service Award and enter the required data.

Nominations received up to March 31st will be considered in the current year. If you have any questions, please send them to PELS Awards Committee via   

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 Past Recipients

2021 Braham Ferreira For exemplary service to and leadership of the Power Electronics Society
2020 Dean Patterson


For service to Power Electronics over an extensive period of time, particularly in international inclusivity, education, technical committee growth, and member enfranchisement
2019 Brad Lehman


For his leadership as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics 

William Gerard Hurley

For dedicated service to IEEE PELS for over thirty years, particularly in international conferences and seminars and the promotion of power electronics to a worldwide audience through lectures and invited talks
2017 Dong Tan

For sustained services in revitalizing technical activities and in positioning PELS for strategic growth


Dushan Boroyevich

For distinguished service, vision, and leadership in guiding the global  expansion of the Power Electronics Society and for his skills as a unique communicator, society advocate, mentor and scientist

Jerry L. Hudgins

For over 25 years of service and leadership to PELS as a Society Officer, Division Director, conference organizer, and enthusiastic society advocate

Rik De Doncker

For his contribution to the globalization of the IEEE Power Electronics Society

Ralph Kennel

For dedicated services to IEEE PELS conferences, workshops and chapter activities around the globe

Thomas Habetler


John M. Miller


Frede Blaaberg

2008 Philip T. Krein
2007 Thomas M. Jahns
2006 Jacobus Daniel van Wyk
2005 Christopher O. Riddleberger
2004 Arthur W. Kelley
2003 Koosuke Harada
2002 Robert V. White
2001 William M. Portnoy
2000 Richard G. Hoft
1999 Thomas G. Wilson, Sr.
1998 John G. Kassakian
1997 Harry A. Owen, Jr.