Distinguished Lecturers


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 the Regional Chair/Country Liaison, VP of Membership, and the Treasurer of PELS, pending the availability of funds to support such activities.
  • PELS will support DL’s volunteer work by covering transportation expense 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. 

To request a DL talk, please submit your request by completing this form.


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 2019-2020

Vassilios G. Agelidis  portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2019-2020
Technical University of Denmark
Vassilios G. Agelidis (S’89–M’91–SM’00–F’16) was born in Serres, Greece. He received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Thrace, Greece, in 1988, the M.S. degree in applied science from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, in 1997. He also holds a graduate diploma on business administration from the Curtin Graduate School of Business, Perth, Western Australia. He has worked at Curtin University, (1993–1999), University of Glasgow, U.K. (2000–2004 as Senior Lecturer and Research Manager for the Glasgow-Strathclyde Centre for Economic Renewable Power Delivery), Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2005–2006 as Chair of Power Engineering Professor), the University of Sydney, Australia (2007–2010, where he held the Energy Australia Chair in Power Engineering), and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia (2010-2016 as the Director of the Australian Energy Research Institute). In 2015, he was with the ABB Corporate Research Centre, Västerås, Sweden, for a sabbatical. Since October 2016, he is a professor at the Centre for Electrical Power and Energy, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. He has also been a visiting professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, China, since 2011 under the Chinese Government’s High End Experts Program. Dr. Agelidis received the Advanced Research Fellowship from the U.K.’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in 2004. He was the Vice-President Operations within the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2006 to 2007. He was an AdCom Member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2007 to 2009 and the Technical Chair of the 39th IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, Rhodes, Greece, 2008. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the IET (UK).
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High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Technologies Read Abstract
Large-Scale Solar PV Electricity Grid Integration: Technologies, Issues, Market Integration and Impact Read Abstract
Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) Technologies Read Abstract
Power Electronics Technologies for Utility Scale Battery Energy Storage Read Abstract
Huang-Jen  Chiu  portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2019-2020
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Huang-Jen Chiu has been with the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, where he is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of Center for Power Electronic Technologies, now. His research interests include high efficiency/ high power density bidirectional DC/DC converters, PFC topologies, PV inverters, and DSP control in renewable energy applications.
His work brought him several distinctive awards including the Young Researcher Award in 2004 from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009 and the Excellent Research Award in 2009 and 2011 from the NTUST, the Y. Z. Hsu Scientific Paper Award in 2010, the Excellent Academic-industry collaboration Award in 2015, and Google Little Box Academic Awards. His student teams won the grand prize of the IEEE International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC) in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Dr. Chiu is an IEEE senior member and serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II: Express Letters (TCAS-II). He is currently the Taipei Chapter Chair of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and the General Co-chair of 2017 IEEE International Future Energy Electronics Conference (IFEEC 2017-ECCE Asia). Dr. Chiu is actively working in IEEE Taipei Section. He arranged several meetings to promote the local activity of IEEE member in Taipei Section and to increase the number of IEEE membership in Taiwan. He served as the Program Chair of 2015 IEEE International Future Energy Electronics Conference (IEEE IFEEC 2015), the Topic Co-Chair of 2016 International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC 2016) and the Secretary of IEEE PELS/ IES Taipei Joint Chapter during 2010-2014. Dr. Chiu was the organizer of 2014 Symposium on Semiconductor Power Conversion (S2PC 2014) co-sponsored by IEEE PELS/ IES Taipei, KIPE in Korea and IEEJ-IAS in Japan and the organizer of Taiwan-Japan Symposium on Power Conversion (TJSPC 2012) co-sponsored by IEEE PELS/ IES Taipei and IEEJ-IAS in Japan. He also organized the 2015 Cross-Strait Green Energy Forum co-sponsored by the TaiPEA and CES in China. Dr. Chiu is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). He has published more than 300 academic publications in leading international conferences and SCI journals.
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High Efficiency Wireless Power Transfer System Read Abstract
High Power Density AC-DC/ DC-DC/ DC-AC Conversion Techniques Read Abstract
Highly Efficient Microinverter for Photovoltaic Panels Read Abstract
Petar J.  Grbović portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2019-2020
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
Power Converters for Energy Storage Applications -Analysis and Design from Theory to Practice- Read Abstract
Paolo  Mattavelli  portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2019-2020
University of Padova
Paolo Mattavelli received the Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) 1995. From 1995 to 2001, he was a researcher at the University of Padova. From 2001 to 2005 he was an associate professor the University of Udine, where he led the Power Electronics Laboratory. In 2005 he joined the University of Padova in Vicenza with the same duties. From 2010 to 2012 he was a professor and member of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech. He is currently (2017) a professor at the University of Padova, leading the Power Electronics Lab. in Vicenza.
His major field of interest includes analysis, modeling and analog and digital control of power converters, grid-connected converters for renewable energy systems and micro-grids, high-temperature and high-power density power electronics. In these research fields, he has been leading several industrial and government projects.  He has published more than 100 journal papers and more than 250 conference papers. His current google h-index is 57.
From 2003 to 2012 he served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. From 2005 to 2010 he was the IPCC (Industrial Power Converter Committee) Technical Review Chair for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. For terms 2003-2006, 2006-2009 and 2013-2015 he has been a member-at-large of the IEEE Power Electronics Society’s Administrative Committee. He also received in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012 the Prize Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and in 2007, the 2nd Prize Paper Award at the IEEE Industry Application Annual Meeting.  He is an IEEE Fellow. 
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Digital Control in Power Electronics Read Abstract
Dynamic Interactions and stability issues in electronic power distribution systems Read Abstract
Power Converters in Renewable Energy Systems and Intelligent Microgrids Read Abstract
Recent research issues related to the large penetration of renewable energy sources in distribution grids Read Abstract
Krishna  Shenai portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2019-2020
Krishna Shenai is a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (USA) and an Adjunct Professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (USA). He earned the B. Tech. degree in electronics from IIT-Madras (India) in 1979, MS degree electrical engineering from The University of Maryland – College Park, MD (USA) in 1981, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1986 with specialization in microelectronics and integrated circuit (IC) technologies. At Stanford his research focused on GaAs transistor physics and technology for high-speed IC and RF/microwave electronics. He also worked on developing refractory metal/silicide multi-level metallization based on CVD tungsten and tungsten silicide processes that provided the foundation technology for today’s silicon submicron ICs. He was a graduate student intern at the HP Labs in Palo Alto, CA while pursuing his doctoral degree studies.
Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Shenai was a member of the research team at COMSAT Labs in Clarksburg, MD that developed world’s first GaAs MMIC for broadband satellite communication where his research focused on cryogenically cooled microwave power amplifiers. He joined the GE Research Center in Schenectady, NY in 1986 and pioneered low-voltage silicon power MOSFETs, synchronous power rectifiers and high-density power supplies that set new industry standards and provided the foundation technology for manufacturing several commercial discrete and integrated silicon power products. He also proposed the use of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors for advanced power electronics and RF power amplifiers – a key technology that is expected to be the cornerstone of emerging 21st century energy economy. During 1990-1993, Dr. Shenai was the senior researcher in a team that developed the first two generations of Intel’s Pentium™ microprocessors with responsibilities for design and manufacturing of 0.5/0.35 micron CMOS/BiCMOS devices and mixed-signal circuits.
Since 1993, Dr. Shenai has been in academia where he has developed and delivered over $80 million sponsored research to industry and government, produced three dozen graduate students with theses dissertations, and developed state-of-the-art educational curricula and research/teaching laboratories. In 1998, he founded and directed world’s first industry-government sponsored academic research consortium to investigate the field-reliability of compact computer/telecom power supplies. This research developed new accelerated testing methods and design guidelines to develop compact power supplies with 1 million hours of MTBF. Dr. Shenai’s academic research has provided foundation technologies for several industrial products that have been netting multi-billion dollar annual sales revenues. These include, for example, silicon RF power MOSFETs and power amplifier modules, high-voltage IGBTs, high-density reliable computer/telecom power supplies, adaptive power management of battery-operated wireless OEMs, WBG power devices and power converters, and WBG power amplifiers. Dr. Shenai also raised venture financing for two startup companies to commercialize his academic inventions and managed both companies to successful outcomes.
While at Argonne National Labs during 2012-2014, Dr. Shenai led all R&D efforts in power electronics and architected DOE’s PowerAmerica Institute – the first and only NNMI on WBG power converters.
In the last 40+ years as a researcher, teacher and entrepreneur Dr. Shenai has made seminal contributions to power semiconductor materials, devices and circuits. He has authored or co-authored over 400 peer-reviewed archived papers in top international journals and conference records, edited 3 books and 12 conference digests, and is a named inventor in 12 issued US patents. Dr. Shenai is one of the leading international authorities in solid-state power conversion and serves as a consultant on matters related to R&D and manufacturing, intellectual property, and technology commercialization. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a foreign member of Academy of Engineering of Serbia (AES). Currently he serves as an Editor of the IEEE J. Electron Devices Society (EDS).
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Design of Compact Power Converters with “Built-in” Field-Reliability Read Abstract
Distributed Clean Energy Infrastructure Read Abstract
Wide Bandgap (WBG) Semiconductor Power Electronics Read Abstract
Jian Sun portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2019-2020
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 Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) funded by New York State government. His research interests are in the general area of power electronics and energy conversion, with an emphasis on modeling, control, and different applications including renewable energy, power systems and aerospace.
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 professional services to the power electronics community included serving as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Power Electronics Letters from 2008 to 2014 and as Treasurer of IEEE Power Electronics Society since 2013. 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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Modeling and Damping of Renewable Energy and HVDC System Resonances Read Abstract
Power Electronics for Power Systems Read Abstract
Small-Signal Sequence Impedance Theory and Applications Read Abstract

Distinguished Lecturers 2018-2019

Robert S.  Balog portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2018-2019
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
Distinguished Lecturers 2018-2019
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 2018-2019
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
Sudip Mazumder portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2018-2019
University of Illinois
Chicago, IllinoisUSA

Sudip K. Mazumder received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech in 2001. He is a Professor and the Director of Laboratory for Energy and Switching-Electronics Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). He also serves as the President of the small business NextWattLLC. He has over 25 years of professional experience and has held R&D and design positions in leading industrial organizations and has served as a Technical Consultant for several industries. His current areas of interests are switching-sequence and switching-transition based control of power-electronics systems and interactive-power networks; power electronics for renewable energy, micro/smart grids, energy storage; wide-bandgap (GaN/SiC) power electronics; and optically-triggered wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices. His research has attracted about 50 sponsored-research projects from leading federal agencies and industries, and yielded over 200 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious tier-one international journals and conferences, 10 patents, 10 book chapters and 1 book, and 85 invited/plenary/keynote lectures and presentations. He has guided/guiding 12 post-doctoral researchers and 15 Ph.D. and 10 M.S. students.  He is the recipient of UIC’s Inventor of the Year Award (2014), University of Illinois’ University Scholar Award – university’s highest award (2013), IEEE International Future Energy Challenge Award (2005), ONR Young Investigator Award (2005), NSF CAREER Award (2003), and IEEE PELS Transaction Paper Award (2002). In 2016, he was elevated to the rank of an IEEE Fellow and he was invited to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE PELS beginning in 2016. He served/serving as the Guest Editor-in-Chief/Editor for IEEE PELS/IES Transactions between 2013-2014 and 2016-2017, as the first Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Power Electronics (2006-2009), and as an Associate Editor for IEEE PELS/TAES/JESTPE/TII Transactions (2009-/2008-/2016-/2016-). Currently, he serves as the Chair for IEEE PELS TC on Sustainable Energy Systems.

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Control of power electronics systems using predictive switching sequences and switching transitions Read Abstract
Differential Mode Power Converters: A Universal Solution Read Abstract
Nonlinear analysis of power-electronics systems and networks Read Abstract

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Illinois Institute of Technology