Distinguished Lecturers

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Distinguished Lecturer and Regional Distinguished Lecturer Program has gone VIRTUAL.

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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 Lecturer. This not only celebrates and honors their high achievements in the field of power electronics but also supports PELS chapter activities by providing high profile speakers for local chapter/section events. 

How to Arrange a DL Visit

  • The request for a DL presentation should be initiated by a chapter or student chapter of PELS, and approved by the Regional Chair/Country Liaison, VP of Membership, and the Treasurer of PELS, pending the availability of funds to support such activities. Once the DL/RDL virtual lecture is approved, they will have the opportunity to have their presentation recorded and posted to the PELS Resource Center.
  • PELS will support DL’s volunteer work by covering transportation expenses 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 giving 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.
  • 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. 

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Promoting PELS During the Visit - PELS Overview Presentation

  • For PELS DL's and DL Organizers: Please click here to download an overview presentation for the Power Electronics Society member benefits. This presentation can be shown to lecture attendees. 

Distinguished Lecturers 2020-2021

Robert S.  Balog portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2020-2021
Texas A&M University at Qatar
Robert S. Balog received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. His current research interests include power electronic converters and balance-of-systems technologies for solar photovoltaic energy, microinverters for ac photovoltaic modules, and highly reliable electrical power and energy systems including dc microgrids. 
Dr. Balog joined Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 2009 where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research Laboratory. He holds a joint faculty appointment with Texas A&M University at Qatar where he is currently in-residence. Prior to joining TAMU, from 1996 to 1999, he was an Engineer with Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, PA, USA where he developed lighting controls and systems. From 2005 to 2006, he was a Researcher with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL, USA where he was involved in researching concepts for military migrogrids. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Senior Engineer at SolarBridge Technologies, Champaign, IL, USA were he lead the technology transfer of the microinverter he developed while a graduate student at the Univeristy of Ilinois. As a non-equity technology founder he invented the orginal technologies, directed the initial engineering team, and was part of the executive team that secured the $6 million Round A funding from a Tier I venture capital firm. The startup company was acquired by Sunpower Corp in 2014 which at the time was on the the largest companies in the PV module industry. 
Dr. Balog is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) were he is currently serving as an elected Member-at-Large for the Power Electronics Society Administrative Committee and has previously served as the chair of the Membership committee and Graduates of the Last Decade committee. He was the Technical Program Chair for the 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition which is internationally recognized as one of the two flagship conference on power electronics. He received the inaugural IEEE Joseph J. Suozzi INTELEC Fellowship in 2001 for his work on power electronics in telecommunications systems. Has been a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Solar Energy Society, and Solar Electric Power Association. He was recognized as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2011 and was the recipient of the 2011 Rutgers College of Engineering Distinguished Engineer Award. Dr. Balog holds 18 issued U.S. patents, with many additional pending, and received a 2017 Texas A&M System Technology Commercilization Patent Award. He is co-author of the book “Microgrids and other Local Area Power and Energy Systems” published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
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Non-Planar Photovoltaic Systems Read Abstract
Opportunities and challenges in the balance of systems for photovoltaic energy Read Abstract
Power Compensation in the Electrical Distribution System using a D-STATCOM Read Abstract
Tobias Geyer portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2020-2021
ABB Medium-Voltage Drives, Switzerland, and Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Tobias Geyer (M’08 - SM’10) received the Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2000 and 2005, respectively, and the Habilitation degree in power electronics from ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2017.

After his Ph.D., he spent three years at GE Global Research, Munich, Germany, and another three years at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. In 2012, he joined ABB’s Corporate Research Centre, Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland, where he is currently a Senior Principal Scientist for power conversion control. He was appointed as an extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 2017 to 2020.

He is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, 30 patent applications, and the book “Model predictive control of high power converters and industrial drives” (Wiley, 2016). He teaches a regular course on model predictive control at ETH Zurich. His research interests include medium-voltage and low-voltage drives, utility-scale power converters and model predictive control. 

Dr. Geyer is the recipient of the 2017 First Place Prize Paper Award in the Transactions on Power Electronics, the 2014 Third Place Prize Paper Award in the Transactions on Industry Applications, and of two Prize Paper Awards at conferences. He is a former Associate Editor for the Transactions on Industry Applications (from 2011 until 2014) and the Transactions on Power Electronics (from 2013 until 2019). He was an international program committee vice chair of the IFAC conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control in Madison, WI, USA, in 2018.

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Long-horizon finite control set model predictive control: theory, implementation and applications Read Abstract
Model predictive control in power electronics: a critical review and recent industrial products Read Abstract
Optimized pulse patterns maximizing system performance in industry Read Abstract
Distinguished Lecturers 2020-2021
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FloridaUSA

Hui “Helen” Li (S’97–M’00–SM’01–F’18) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1992 and 1995, respectively and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA, in 2000, all in electrical engineering. From 1999 to 2000, she worked at Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Currently she is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, USA. She leads power electronics research at Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), Florida State University since 2002. Her research interests include dc-dc converters, multilevel inverters, and PV inverters applying WBG devices. She has led a number of projects in the past to develop solid state transformers and PV converters.  She has published over 100 high quality papers and the recipient of NSF Career Award (2007), IEEE PELS Transaction Paper Award (2014), and IEEE IAS Industrial Power Converter Committee Prize Paper award (2014).  She is an associate editor of IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. She is the elected member at large of Administrative Committee of IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2011-2013, 2015-2017, and 2018-2020. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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Current-Source Solid State Transformer (SST) Technologies Read Abstract
WBG based filter-less PV inverters Read Abstract
Udaya K. Madawala portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2020-2021
The University of Auckland
New Zealand
Udaya K. Madawala graduated with a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) (Hons) degree from The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1987, and received his PhD (Power Electronics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1993 as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar.  At the completion of his PhD, he was employed by Fisher & Paykel Ltd, New Zealand, as a Research and Development Engineer to develop new technologies for motor drives.  In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Auckland as a Research Fellow.  At present, as a Full Professor, he focuses on a number of power electronics projects related to wireless grid integration of EVs for V2G applications and renewable energy.  


Udaya is a Fellow of the IEEE and has over 30 years of both industry and research experience in the fields of power electronics and energy. He has served both the IEEE Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics Societies in numerous roles, relating to conferences, technical committees and chapter activities. Currently, Udaya is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and a member of the Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Committee and the Oceania Liaison Chair of Membership Development Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.  He was the General Chair of the 2nd IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC), held in New Zealand in 2016, and is also a member of the SPEC Steering Committee. Udaya has over 250 IEEE journal and international conference publications, and holds a number of patents related to wireless power transfer and power converters. He is a keynote, plenary and tutorial speaker, and offers his service to industry as a consultant.

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Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles (EVs): Wired and Wireless Solutions Read Abstract
Wireless Grid Integration of EVs for V2G Applications Read Abstract
Pedro Rodriquez portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2020-2021
Loyola University Andalucia
Sevilla, Spain

Pedro Rodriguez is the Head of LOYOLA.Tech. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain (1994 and 2004, respectively). He was a postdoc researcher at the CPES, Virginia Tech, US, at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark and at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITie), Boston, US. He was a co-supervisor of the Vestas Power Program, Denmark (2007 – 2011). He was a director of technology on Modern Power Systems at Abengoa Research (2011-2017). From 2017, he is a full professor at the Loyola University Andalucia, where he is the Head of LOYOLA.Tech, leading a research programme on Intelligent Energy Systems. He is also linked with the UPC as a part-time professor. He is in the Clarivate’s list of Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering (2015-2018). He has co-authored one Wiley-IEEE book, more than 100 papers in ISI technical journals, and around 300 papers in conference proceedings. He is the holder of 16 licensed patents. He has participated in more than 50 projects with industrial partners and several EU projects. Dr. Rodriguez is a IEEE Fellow for his contributions in the control of distributed generation. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal on Industrial Electronics and Energies. His research interests include intelligent energy systems, distributed generation, and universal energy access.

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Flexibility and Ancillary Services in Grid-connected Power Converters Read Abstract
Grid-forming Power Converters Read Abstract
Modelling and Stability Analysis of Electrical Networks Dominated by Grid-connected Power Converters Read Abstract
Synchronization and Control of Grid-connected Power Converters Read Abstract

Distinguished Lecturers 2021-2022

Petar J.  Grbović portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2021-2022
University of Innsbruck
Dr. Petar J. Grbović received the Dipl. Ing. (B. Sc.) and the Magister (M.Sc.) degrees from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1999 and 2005, and the Doctor (Ph.D) degree from the Laboratoire ’Électrotechnique et d’Électronique de Puissance de Lille, l’Ecole Centrale de Lille, France in 2010.
From March 1999 to February 2003, he was an R/D Engineer with RDA Co, Belgrade. From November 2000 to June 2001, he was a Consulting Engineer with CESET Italy (a division of Emerson Appliance Motors Europe). From March 2003 to April 2005, he was with the R&D Department, PDL Electronics, Ltd., Napier, New Zealand. Since April 2005 until July 2010 he was working with Schneider Toshiba Inverter Europe, Pacy-Sur-Eure, France, as Power Electronics Group Expert. Since September 2010 until August 2011 he was with General Electric Global Research, Munich, Germany. Since September 2011 he is with HUAWEI Technologies, Europe Energy Competence Centre in Munich/Nuremberg, Germany, where he works as a Senior Expert in the area of power electronics and power conversion. Since 2016 he is a scientific member of Centre of Power Electronics and Drives, C-PED Lab., Roma TRE University, Italy. In Novembar 2018 he was appointed as Full (University) Professor at Innsbruck Power Electronics Laboratory (i-PEL), the Institute of Mechatronics, the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
The focus of his research is on application and control of advanced power semiconductors, power converter topologies, extreme power density & efficiency power converters, energy storage devices and applications, and control of power converters.
Dr. Grbović published over 60 IEEE conference/journal papers, 16 IEEE tutorials and a book “Ultra-capacitors in power Conversion Systems: Analysis, Modelling and Design in Theory and Practice”. He has 17 patents granted and 9 patent application pending.
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Advanced Power Semiconductors -Applications & Control from Theory to Practice- Read Abstract
Multi-Cell & Multi-Level Power Converters -A Way to Go Beyond the Limits- Read Abstract
Partial Power Rated Converters-A Way to go Beyond the Limits Read Abstract
Power Converters for Energy Storage Applications -Analysis and Design from Theory to Practice- Read Abstract
Brij N.  Singh portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2021-2022
John Deere Inc., USA
North Dakota, USA
Dr. Brij N. Singh is a Technical Fellow - Power Electronics Engineering in John Deere Inc., USA. He has earned BE degree in Electrical Engineering from Madan Mohan Malviya Technical University, Gorakhpur, ME degree from   Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, and Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.  
In 1996, Dr. Singh joined the École de Technology Supérieure, Université du Québec, Montreal, QC, Canada, as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. In 1999, he joined Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada as a Research Fellow. In 2000, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, as an Assistant Professor. 
In 2007, Dr. Singh has joined John Deere Inc., USA as a power electronics staff engineer, where he has led and supported power electronics technology development projects for 644 and 944 hybrid loaders’ electrification. In 2011, he joined John Deere Advanced Technology Department and has executed R&D projects related to high-temperature power-dense high-efficiency power electronics systems including wide bandgap (WBG) power conversion technologies. 
In September 2020, Dr. Singh was named as the John Deere Region 4 Public Funding Manager with job title as R4 Manager External Relationships. As the R4 Manager External Relationships, Dr. Singh is tasked to lead John Deere Emerging Technology projects including successful execution of government and non-government funded projects in collaboration with universities, government labs, non-Deere industries. Emerging Technology projects led by Dr. Singh are likely to be applicable to John Deere Tech Stack, Production Systems, Product Lifecycle Systems, Construction and Road Building. Various projects led by Dr. Singh are destined to reduce greenhouse gas emission and carbon footprint reduction, resulting in a sustainable environment for the society.    
Dr. Singh has published over 90 research papers in various Journals including IEEE Transactions and IET Journals. He has 28 approved US patents, one trade secret, and over a dozen pending patents. 
In Tulane, Dr. Singh received four IEEE/Eta Kapa Nu teaching awards for outstanding instructions in electrical engineering. In John Deere, he has received three innovation and one collaboration awards for product and technology development works. Dr. Singh is the winner of the 2020 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award. In Feb 2020, Dr. Singh was awarded the “Title of John Deere Fellow” for exemplary contributions to the power electronics engineering. He is a senior member of the IEEE and lives with his family in West Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
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Improved Control Algorithm for Power Quality Controlled Converters Read Abstract
Power Electronics for Precision Farming with Substantiable and Cleaner Environment Read Abstract
Wide Bandgap (WBG) Power Electronics Systems for Heavy-Duty Vehicles Read Abstract
Keyue Ma Smedley portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2021-2022
University of California Irvine
Keyue Ma Smedley received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in EE from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Caltech, Pasadena, CA.
Dr. Smedley was a high-power converter designer for all accelerator rings at the Superconducting Super Collider from 1990 to 1992. She is currently a Professor in the Department of EECS at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the Director of the UCI Power Electronics Laboratory. She is also a co-founder of One-Cycle Control, Inc.  
Dr. Smedley is the inventor of the One-Cycle Control (OCC) method for high switching power conversion. In 1997, the UCI Power Electronics Laboratory demonstrated a high-fidelity OCC class-D amplifier that achieved <0.07% THD under 15% DC power ripple, resulting in a 7X reduction of size and weight. In 2003, Dr. Smedley’s team realized OCC universal 3-phase 4-quadrant controller that combines PFC, APF, inverter, VAR in one with unmatched dynamic speed to serve modern grid applications. In 2007, Dr. Smedley’s team invented the Hexagram converter, the first multilevel converter with constant power flow to each power module leading to minimum capacitor requirement and high fault tolerance for motor drive applications. In 2010, Dr. Smedley led a consortium of academic, utility, and industries to complete a one-year field demonstration of 15kV 2,000A (20,000A fault) class fault current limiter in the commercial power grid, which was the first time in the US history. In 2020, Dr. Smedley’s team demonstrated a general full-range regulation method for most resonant switched capacitor converters that opens the door for dramatically reduce or eliminate the magnetics.
Dr. Smedley’s work resulted in more than 200 technical publications, more than ten US/international patents, two start-up companies, and numerous commercial applications.  Dr. Smedley is a recipient of the UCI Innovation Award 2005. She was selected as IEEE Fellow in 2008 for her contribution in high-performance switching power conversion. Her work with One-Cycle Control, Inc. won the Department of Army Achievement Award in Pentagon in 2010.
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Exploration at the Confluence of Three Major Power Electronics Branches Download Abstract
Jian Sun portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2021-2022
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Jian Sun joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2002, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering. He is also Director of the state-funded Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES). His research interests are in the general area of power electronics and energy conversion, with focus on modeling, control, and different applications including renewable energy, high-voltage dc transmission and aerospace power systems. As Director of CFES, he is responsible for the strategic directions and development of the Center’s research, industry collaboration, education, and outreach programs.

Dr. Sun received his Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Paderborn in Germany. Prior to joining RPI, he spent five years at the Advanced Technology Center of Rockwell Collins working on power electronics for aircraft power systems, and was a Post-Doc Fellow at Georgia Tech from 1996 to 1997. His other professional services to PELS included serving as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Power Electronics Letters from 2008 to 2014, Treasurer of PELS from 2013 to 2020, and Vice President of Conferences from 2021.

Dr. Sun received the IEEE PELS Modeling and Control Technical Achievements Award in 2013 and the R. David Middlebrook Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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1-Power Electronics and Converter-Based Power Systems Read Abstract
2-Small-Signal Sequence Impedance Theory and Applications Read Abstract
3- Impedance Characterization and Control of Wind Turbines Read Abstract
4- Impedance Characterization and Control of HVDC Converters Read Abstract
Kai Sun portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2021-2022
Associate Professor
Tsinghua University
Kai Sun (M’12-SM’16) received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, in 2000, 2002, and 2006, respectively. He joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, in 2006, where he is currently a Tenured Associate Professor (Research Professor). From Sep 2009 to Aug 2010, he was a Visiting Scholar at Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. From Jan to Aug 2017, he was a Visiting Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research interests include power electronics for renewable generation systems, microgrids, and energy internet.
Dr. Sun serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and Journal of Power Electronics. Dr. Sun served as the TPC Vice Chair of IEEE ECCE2017 and IEEE ECCE-Asia2017, the Organization Committee Chair of IEEE eGrid2019, and the Publicity Chair of IEEE ECCE2020. He also served as the General Co-Chair of 2018 International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC2018). Dr. Sun serves as PELS Asia Pacific Regional Vice Chair, PELS Beijing Chapter Chair and PELS Electronic Power Grid Systems Technical Committee (TC8) Secretary. He was a recipient of Delta Young Scholar Award in 2013, and Youth Award of China Power Supply Society (CPSS) in 2017, and IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics' Outstanding Reviewers Award in 2019.
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Advanced Bi-directional DC-DC Converters in Battery Energy Storage Systems Read Abstract
Hybrid AC/DC Microgrids: Configuration, Control and Future Development Read Abstract
Power Conversion Technology for Renewable Energy Systems Integrated into Medium Voltage DC Grids Read Abstract

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Illinois Institute of Technology (USA)