PELS Ph.D. Thesis Talk (P3 Talk)

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The IEEE PELS Ph.D. Thesis Talk (P3 Talk) competition showcases Ph.D. projects to both the academia and industry areas of the power electronics community.  The topic of the Ph.D. thesis should be one of the focus areas of PELS.  Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Big data and machine learning applications in energy conversion
  • Electrical energy storage
  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Energy conversion for Information Technology and communication systems, cyber security
  • Energy efficiency for residential, commercial, and industrial applications
  • Energy harvesting
  • High power/voltage power conversion
  • High voltage isolation and lightning strike protection   
  • Lighting applications and displays
  • Modeling and control of components, converters, and systems
  • Passive components and materials
  • Power conversion topologies, modulation, and control
  • Power electronic devices (Siwide bandgap, and/or ultra-wide bandgap) and applications
  • Power electronic packaging, integration, and advanced manufacturing
  • Reliability, diagnostics, prognostics, and health management
  • Renewable and alternative energy
  • Rotating/linear electro-mechanical devices and drive systems
  • Smart grids, micro-grids, and utility applications
  • Thermal management, advanced cooling technologies
  • Transportation electrification
  • Wireless power transfer (WPT)

Eligibility: All Ph.D. graduates across the world who are PELS members and have defended their thesis and received their Ph.D. or doctoral certificate or proof of a final thesis defense after 31 March of the year preceding the award are eligible.  There are no other restrictions to affiliation, age, gender, IEEE member grade, or nationality.  Previous participants are NOT eligible.

As a prerequisite for eligibility, applicants with the submission of a video express their consent that the video may be published by PELS and assure that it does not contain copyrighted or confidential material.

Criteria: The topic of the Ph.D. thesis should be in one of the focus areas of the Society.  Video submissions are judged on the following:

  • Achieved outcomes
    • Clear research objectives, problems, and hypothesis
    • Rich in engineering judgment and insight
  • Design methodology
    • Methods are technically and mathematically accurate
    • Well supported with analysis and experimental evidence
  • Problem definition
    • Contribution to the field
    • Value for practicing engineers or researchers
  • Quality of video and presentation
    • Effective use of visual aids
    • Present material in a well-organized way
    • Present within 200 seconds or less, the applicant personally appears in the video, and proper use of English
    • Video and audio quality

Prize Items: Up to 5 presenters are selected each year.  Each winner receives the following:

  • A certificate
  • An honorarium of 1,000 USD
  • Presentation published on the Society's website
  • Reimbursement of up to USD 1,000 towards the recipient's necessary conference registration, travel, and accommodation costs incurred to attend the award ceremony           

Click here to view the P3 Talk 2024 Guidelines


The portal to submit applications is now open.  Please submit your nomination by 31 March 2024.                                                                                

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It is with great pleasure to congratulate the winners of the 2023 IEEE PELS Ph.D. Thesis Talk (P3 Talk) Winners: (in no particular order)

JessicaBoles headshot 2022 Jessica Boles Power Electronics Meet Piezoelectrics: Converters, Components, and Miniaturization Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Zhou Dong Cropped Zhou Dong High Power Lightweight Solid-state Circuit Breaker Development and Motor Drive Design for Electrified Aircraft Propulsion  University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Reza Kheirollahi Reza Kheirollahi Direct Current Solid-State Circuit  Breakers: Advanced Approaches to Improve Lifetime, Safety, and Reliability  Drexel University, USA
Ripun Phukan Ripunjoy Phukan Design of High-Density Filter Building Blocks for SiC-Based Three-Phase Power Converters Virginia Tech, USA
ChengXue Cheng Xue Advanced Predictive Control for Back-to-Back Current-Source Motor Drives With Transformerless Operation University of Alberta, Canada


Year Thesis Topic Recipient Name Affiliation
2022 Discrete State Event-driven Modeling and Simulation Approach for Power Electronics Systems Bochen Shi Tsinghua University (China)
Wide Operating Range Resonant Converters Mausamjeet Khatua Cornell University (USA)
Multi-Level Flying Capacitor Buck Converters with Digital-Predictive Current-Mode Control Giovanni Bonanno University of Padua (Italy)
Design of MHz Power Amplifiers Using Wide Bandgap Devices Jiale Xu Stanford University (USA)
Stability of Wireless Power Receivers Kerui Li University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
2021 Electromagnetic Model-Based Measurement, Sensing, and Detection for Wireless Power Transfer Sung Yul Chu Univ. of Michigan (USA)
Hard-Switched Robustness of Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductor Devices Joseph Kozak Virginia Tech (USA)
Hybrid Switched-Capacitor Power Converters: Fundamental Limits and Design Techniques Zichao Ye Univ. of California, Berkeley (USA)
Impedance Modeling and Stability Analysis of Grid-Interactive Converters Yicheng Liao Aalborg Univ. (Denmark)
Reliability Evaluation and Condition Monitoring of Wide bandgap Devices Fei Yang Univ. of Texas, Dallas (USA)
2020 Design Considerations for Radio Frequency Power Converters Lei Gu Stanford Univ. (USA)
Mission Profile based System-Level Lifetime Prediction of Modular Multilevel Converters Yi Zhang Aalborg Univ. (Denmark)
Synchronised Control of Grid-Interactive Inverters using Stationary Frame Resonant Regulators Afif Nazib RMIT Univ. (Australia)
Three-Layer Control Strategy for LLC Converters: Large-Signal, Small Signal, and Steady-State Operation Mehdi Mohammadi Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Torque Estimation in Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines Maria Martinez Gomez Univ. of Oviedo (Spain)
2019 Advanced Control Functionalities for Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Converters Emanuel Serban Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
High Gain DC-DC and Active Power Decoupling Techniques for Photovoltaic Inverters Jinia Roy Arizona State Univ. (USA)
Operational Principles and Applications of Global Synchronous Pulse Width Modulation Tao Xu Shandong Univ. (China) / Aalborg Univ. (USA)
Sensorless Control and Commissioning of High Anisotropy Synchronous Motor Drives Paolo Pescetto Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Switching-Mode Power Converters For Visible Light Communication Transmitters Juan Rodriguez Univ. of Oviedo (Spain)