Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Distinguished Lecturer and Regional Distinguished Lecturer Program has gone VIRTUAL.
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.
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 2020-2021
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
|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
|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|
|Exploration at the Confluence of Three Major Power Electronics Branches||Download Abstract|
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.
|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|
|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|