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.  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.

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 Past Recipients

2020 Dean Patterson


2019 Brad Lehman



William Gerard Hurley

2017 Dong Tan

Dushan Boroyevich


Jerry L. Hudgins


Rik De Doncker


Ralph Kennel


Thomas Habetler


No award


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.