Distinguished Lecturers 2023-2024

Sanjib Kumar Panda portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2023-2024
National University of Singapore

Sanjib Kumar Panda (S’86-M’91-SM’01-F’2021) received B. Eng. Degree from the South Gujarat University, India, in 1983, M.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1991, all in electrical engineering. He was the recipient of the Cambridge-Nehru Scholarship and M. T. Mayer Graduate Scholarship during his PhD study (1987-1991). Since 1992, he has been holding a faculty position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore and currently serving as an Associate Professor and Director of the Power & Energy Research Area. Dr. Panda has published more than 450 peer-reviewed research papers, co-authored one book and contributed to several book chapters, holds six patents and co-founder of three start-up companies. His research interests include high-performance control of motor drives and power electronic converters, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, building energy efficiency enhancement etc. He is serving as an Associate Editor of several IEEE Transactions e.g. Power Electronics, Industry Applications, Energy Conversion, Access and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is the Chair of the IEEE PELS Technical Committee -12 (TC-12): Energy Access and Off-grid Systems.

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A Futuristic Medium-Voltage Grid-Connected Multi-Port Public Electric-Vehicle Ultra-Fast Charging-Station with G2V and V2G capability Read Abstract
A Plug and Play Operational Approach for Implementation of an Autonomous-Micro-Grid System Read Abstract
Design Optimization Framework for Solid-State-Transformers: A Novel Approach for an Emerging Technology Read Abstract
Single-phase inverter control techniques for interfacing renewable energy sources with micro-grid – Parallel connected inverter topologies with active and reactive power flow control along with grid current shaping Read Abstract
Single-phase inverter control techniques for interfacing renewable energy sources with micro-grid: Series connected inverter topologies with active and reactive power flow control along with grid current shaping Read Abstract
Maryam Saeedifard portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2023-2024
Georgia Institute of Technology
Maryam Saeedifard received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, in 1998 and 2002, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2008, all in electrical engineering.

From 2007 to 2008, she was with ABB Corporate Research Center, Dattwil-Baden, Switzerland, working in the power electronic systems group. She joined Purdue University in January 2010, where she served as an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since January 2014, she has been on the ECE faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Her main research focus has been in the area of Power Electronics and Applications of Power Electronics in Power Systems and Transportation Systems. She has served on the technical program committees of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), and IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference (IECON). She is an editor for IEEE Trans. on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery, and IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics.

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Xu She portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2023-2024
Lunar Energy
Mountain View, California, USA
Xu She (S’08–M’13–SM’15) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, in 2013. 
From 2013 to 2022, he held engineering design and leadership roles at General Electric and Carrier Corporation. Since 2022, he has been the Director of Electrical Engineering at Lunar Energy, US. He is a recognized industry leader in power electronics and has made foundational contributions to several groundbreaking technologies and products. He has more than 75 papers, 40 patent families and 3 book chapters to his R&D credit. He was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including 2017 IEEE IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award, 2018 GE Whitney Technical Achievement Award, 2021 IEEE Region 1 Industry Technological Innovation Award, and 2022 IEEE IES Rudolf Chope R&D Award. 
He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is the Vice chair of IEEE PELS standard committee and IEEE P3105 standard working group. He has served multiple times as organizing committee member of IEEE ECCE in various capacities.  
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Silicon carbide power conversion systems for industrial applications Read Abstract
Solid state transformers: journey from R&D to recent standard development Read Abstract
System thinking and its role in innovation of power electronics dominated industrial systems Read Abstract
Brij N.  Singh portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2023-2024
John Deere Inc., USA
North Dakota, USA

Biography: Dr. Brij Singh is a Region 4 Manager External Relationships and Power Electronics Technical Fellow in John Deere Inc., USA. He has earned engineering degrees in electrical engineering from various schools in India.    

In 1996, he joined the École de Technology Supérieure, Université du Québec, Montreal, Canada, as a PDF. In 1999, he joined Concordia University, Montreal, as a Research Fellow.

In 2000, he joined the Department of EECS, Tulane University, New Orleans USA as an Assistant Professor.

In 2007, he joined John Deere, where he is the Region 4 Manager External Relationships.

Dr. Singh has published over 96 research papers. He has 34 granted US patents, one trade secret, and over a dozen pending patents.

In Tulane, Dr. Singh has received four teaching awards. In John Deere, he has receivedthree innovation and one collaboration awards. He is the winner of the 2020 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award. In Feb 2020, he was awarded the “Title of John Deere Technical Fellow”.

Dr. Singh was elevated as an IEEE Fellow in the class of 2022 Fellows and lives with his family in West Fargo, North Dakota, USA.

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Careers in Power Electronics and Energy Systems and Mastering a Craft in a Core Engineering Field Read Abstract
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 2023-2024
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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Breaking the Barrier of Bulky Magnetics in Power Conversion: Advances in Resonant Switched-Capacitor Converters Read Abstract
Exploration at the Confluence of Three Major Power Electronics Branches Read Abstract
One-Cycle Control and Its Application for Stabilizing Power Grids with High Renewable Penetration Read Abstract
Kai Sun portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2023-2024
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
Xibo Yuan portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2023-2024
University of Bristol
United Kingdom

Xibo Yuan (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.S. degree from China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China, and the Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2005 and 2010, respectively, both in electrical engineering. He has been a Professor since 2017 in the Electrical Energy Management Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K., where he became Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in 2011, 2015 and 2016, respectively. He also holds the UK Royal Academy of Engineering/Safran Chair in Advanced Aircraft Power Generation Systems. He is the Director of the UK Centre for Power Electronics and an executive committee member of the IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) network. He is the Co-director of the Safran-Bristol University Research Centre. He has proposed converter topologies and control for various applications and has worked closely with industrial partners with technologies transferred to their products. His research areas include power electronics and motor drives, wind power generation, multilevel converters, application of wide-bandgap devices and more electric aircraft technologies. Professor Yuan is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is a Fellow of IET and received The Isao Takahashi Power Electronics Award in 2018.

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Accurate Core Loss and Winding Loss Characterisation and Prediction for High-frequency Magnetic Components Read Abstract
Capacitor Voltage Control in Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) and Hybrid Multilevel Converters: Where are we now? Read Abstract
Medium-Voltage High-Power Converters for 10MW+ Wind Turbines Read Abstract
Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Solutions in the Application of Silicon-Carbide (SiC) Power Devices, Converters and Motor Drives Read Abstract
 Firuz Zare portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2023-2024
Queensland University of Technology

Professor Firuz Zare is a Fellow of IEEE and the Head of School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. He received his PhD in Power Electronics from Queensland University of Technology in Australia in 2002.

He has over 20 years of experience in academia, industry and international standardisation committees, including eight years in two large R&D centres working on Grid Connected Inverters, Energy Conversion Systems and Power Quality Projects.

He has been very active in IEC, Danish and Australian standardisation committees and is a Task Force Leader (International Project Manager) of Active Infeed Converters to develop the first international standard IEC 61000-3-16 within the IEC standardisation SC77A.

Prof. Zare has received several awards such as an Australian Future Fellowship, John Madsen Medal, Symposium Fellowship and early career excellence research award. He has published four books, over 280 journal and conference papers, five patents and over 40 technical reports. He was awarded a technology leadership program by the Danish Innovation Council, to attend one year leadership program delivered by Harvard Business School in Boston USA in 2015.

Prof Zare is a Senior Editor of IEEE Access journal, a Guest Editor and Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and an Editorial board member of several international journals. His main research areas are a) Power Electronics Topology, Control and Applications, b) Power Quality and Regulations and c) Pulsed Power Applications. 

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International Harmonic Standardisations: current and voltage harmonics in distribution networks Read Abstract
Modelling and Analysis of Grid Connected Power Electronics Converters and their Interactions in Distribution Networks (2-9 kHz and 9-150 kHz) Read Abstract