Award for Achievements in Power Electronics Education

The IEEE PELS Award for Achievements in Power Electronics Education is established to recognize the work of engineers who have shown a major impact on or are groundbreaking for education in the area of power electronics.

Award Items:

  • Award plaque
  • A one-time honorarium of USD 3,500
  • Reimbursement of up to USD 1,000 towards the recipient's necessary conference registration, travel, and accommodation costs incurred to attend the award ceremony

Submitting a Nominee: When submitting a nominee, you will be asked to log into your existing IEEE account (or register for a new one) to identify as a nominator.  Subsequently, select the IEEE PELS Award for Achievement in Power Electronics Education and enter the required data and documents.

The portal to submit applications is closed.                                                                                                                     

Please send any questions to the PELS Awards Committee

Katherine Kim

2022 Honoree: Katherine A. Kim

For pioneering educational videos and online learning in power electronics


Dr. Katherine A. Kim received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2007. She received the M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in ECE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and 2014, respectively. She was an Assistant Professor of ECE at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, South Korea, from 2014-2018. Since 2019, she has been an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. For IEEE PELS, she served as the Student Membership Chair in 2013-2014, PELS Member-At-Large for 2016-2018, PELS Women in Engineering Chair in 2018-2020, and currently is the PELS Constitution and Bylaws Chair 2021-2022.

Dr. Kim is both a researcher and educator who is renowned for developing engineering lecture videos that she has shared publicly on YouTube since 2014.  She posts the lecture videos she develops to her YouTube channel called "katkimshow" which has 76,000+ subscribers and some of her videos have over 430,000 views.  To make her courses more accessible, she launched a website called Engineering Spark that provides additional resources on her courses, including quizzes and simulation problems.  Many students and industry professionals alike have said that these videos and coursework have been invaluable to their studies.


Year Recipient Citation
2022 Katherine A. Kim For pioneering educational videos and online learning in power electronics