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 Lecturers, not only to celebrate and honor their high achievements in the field of power electronics but also to support 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, approved by the the Regional Chair/Country Liaison, VP of Membership, and the Treasurer of PELS, pending on 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 to give 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 2017-2018
|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|
|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 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 his PhD degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1986. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Shenai has pioneered and made seminal contributions to the development and manufacturing of power semiconductor materials and devices, switching power converters and power amplifiers. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of APS, a Fellow of AAAS, a Fellow of IETE-India, and a member of the Serbian Academy of Engineering. Dr. Shenai has authored or co-authored more than 450 peer-reviewed archival papers and 10 book chapters; edited twelve conference digests; authored three books; and, is a named inventor in 12 issued US patents. He was the Editor of IEEE Trans. Electron Devices (1990-2000), founding Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of IEEE Electron Devices Society Newsletter (1994-2002), and served as invited guest editor for two Special Issues of IEEE Trans. Electron Devices and two Special Issues of IEEE J. Solid-State Circuits. Currently, he serves as an editor of IEEE J. Electron Devices Society (JEDS) and as Distinguished Lecturer of both IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) and IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS).
Mark Dehong Xu (F’13) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Zhejiang University in China, Since 1989. He became a faculty member in Zhejiang University. Now Mark is a professor and director of power electronics research institute of Zhejiang University.
The focus of his current researches are Power Electronics for renewable energies and energy efficiency, Modeling and control of power converters, soft switching power conversion for data centers, grid inverters and high speed drives etc.
He has proposed several novel converter topologies and modulation/control concepts, e.g., Phase-shift plus PWM control for bidirectional DC/DC converters, Zero-Voltage-Switching SVM for three-phase Converters, weighted current damping control of the Grid inverter with LCL-filter.
Dr. Xu is a Fellow of the IEEE and received three Best Paper Awards of IEEE Conferences. He was at-large Adcom member of IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2006-2008. He serves as an associate editor of both IEEE transaction on power electronics and IEEE transaction on Sustainable Energy. He was General Chair of IEEE ISIE2012 at Hangzhou, IEEE PEDG2013 at Arkansas, and IEEE PEAC2014 at Shanghai.
Distinguished Lecturers 2018-2019
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.
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 ( 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. /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.