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Distinguished Lecturers Program


PELS Members Who Are Experts in The Field of Power Electronics


The PELS Distinguished Lecturers Program is one of the most exciting offerings available to our Society Chapters. Each year, PELS selects a few distinguished members of the profession to become DLs. 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 and section events.

In addition to the DL Program, the PELS also offers a Regional Distinguished Lecturers Program to support members and local chapters in various regions around the globe. The selected RDLs will usually give lectures in PELS local chapter and section events within their region and in a local language.

Please note, the DL Program does not support a DL giving a presentation or tutorial at a regular IEEE conference. Likewise, the RDL Program usually does not support a RDL to give a presentation or tutorial at a regular IEEE conference unless it is solely sponsored by a local section or chapter.
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Meet our Current Distinguished Lecturers (DL) and Regional Distinguished Lecturers (RDL)

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Sanjib Kumar Panda


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.


A Futuristic Medium-Voltage Grid-Connected Multi-Port Public Electric-Vehicle Ultra-Fast Charging-Station with G2V and V2G capability

A Plug and Play Operational Approach for Implementation of an Autonomous-Micro-Grid System

Design Optimization Framework for Solid-State-Transformers: A Novel Approach for an Emerging Technology

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

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

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Maryam Saeedifard


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
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.


Silicon carbide power conversion systems for industrial applications

Solid state transformers: journey from R&D to recent standard development

System thinking and its role in innovation of power electronics dominated industrial systems

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Brij N. Singh
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.


Careers in Power Electronics and Energy Systems and Mastering a Craft in a Core Engineering Field

Improved Control Algorithm for Power Quality Controlled Converters

Power Electronics for Precision Farming with Sustainable and Cleaner Environment

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Keyue Ma Smedley


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.


Breaking the Barrier of Bulky Magnetics in Power Conversion: Advances in Resonant Switched-Capacitor Converters

Exploration at the Confluence of Three Major Power Electronics Branches

One-Cycle Control and Its Application for Stabilizing Power Grids with High Renewable Penetration

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Kai Sun

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.


Advanced Bi-directional DC-DC Converters in Battery Energy Storage Systems

Hybrid AC/DC Microgrids: Configuration, Control and Future Development

Power Conversion Technology for Renewable Energy Systems Integrated into Medium Voltage DC Grids

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Xibo Yuan


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.


Accurate Core Loss and Winding Loss Characterisation and Prediction for High-frequency Magnetic Components

Capacitor Voltage Control in Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) and Hybrid Multilevel Converters: Where are we now?

Medium-Voltage High-Power Converters for 10MW+ Wind Turbines

Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Solutions in the Application of Silicon-Carbide (SiC) Power Devices, Converters and Motor Drives


Region 7 North America

Al-Thaddeus Avestruz

Univ. of Michigan (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Direct Digital Modeling and Control of Power Electronics”
RDL-2: “Advances in Wireless Power Transfer”
RDL-3: “Opportunities and Challenges in Second-Use Battery Energy Storage Systems”

Mehrdad Ehsani

Texas A&M Univ. (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “A Global Perspective on Sustainable Energy and Transportation”
RDL-2: “An Overview of High Voltage DC Power Transmission”

Tanya Gachovska

Univ. of Nebraska (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Current Status and Future Prospects of GaN Power HEMTs”
RDL-2: “SiC and GaN Devices and Some Applications

Brandon Grainger

Univ. of Pittsburgh (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Modern Power Conversion Solutions – From Electric Power Grids to Aerospace Power Applications”
RDL-2: “Multiport Converter Designs: Modeling Considerations and State Plane Analysis Approaches for Improved Thermal Performance of SiC Devices “

Sudip Mazumder

Univ. of Illinois, Chicago (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Control of Power Electronics Systems using Predictive Switching Sequences and Switching Transitions
RDL-2: “Nonlinear Analysis of Power-Electronics Systems and Networks”
RDL-3: “Differential Mode Power Converters: A Universal Solution”

Chris Mi

San Diego State Univ. (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Reuse and Recycling of EV Batteries”
RDL-2: “Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Airplanes”
RDL-3: “Wireless Power Transfer – From Science Fiction to Reality”

Indumini Ranmuthu

Univ. of Texas (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Data Center VR Power Delivery Solutions”

Jinia Roy

Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Non-isolated High Gain DC-DC Boost Converter”
RDL-2: “WBG-based Transformer-less PV Inverter”

Pradeep Shenoy

Texas Instruments (USA)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Challenges and Opportunities in Automotive Power Electronics”
RDL-2: “Common Mistakes in DC-DC Converters and How to Fix Them”
RDL-3: “Power-Conversion Techniques for Complying with EMI/EMC Requirements”

Region 8 Europe & Africa

Jost Allmeling

Plexim GmbH (Switzerland)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Efficient Models for Power Converters in Real-time Simulation”
RDL-2: “Model Continuity from Offline Simulation to Real-time Testing”

Ilknur Colak

Schneider Electric-Secure Power Division (France)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Solid State Transformers: Challenges and Applications”
RDL-2: “Insulation and Coordination Design Steps for MV Power Electronics Applications”

Petros Karamanakos

Tampere University (Finland)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Model Predictive Control of Power Electronic Systems: Methods, Results, and Challenges”
RDL-2: “Finite Control Set Model Predictive Control: Design Guidelines to Maximize the System Performance”
RDL-3: “Optimal Modulation and Control for Power Electronic Systems”

Ivana Kovacevic-Badstuebner

ETHZ (Switzerland)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Electromagnetic-Circuit Modeling for Advanced Power Semiconductor Devices”
RDL-2: “Design of SiC Power MOSFET Packages based on Multi-physics Modeling”

Dimosthenis Peftitsis

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Silicon Carbide Power Semiconductors: Device Modelling, Gate Drivers and Applications”
RDL-2: “Reliability Assessment of High-power Semiconductor Devices and Challenges on Lifetime Modeling at Low Stress Cycles”
RDL-3: “Online Estimation of Lifetime Consumption for High-power IGBT Modules under Stochastic Mission Profiles”
RDL-4: “Thermal Design and Efficiency Improvement in Medium-voltage Solidstate DC Breakers”

Miroslav Vasić

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Reuse and Recycling of EV Batteries”
RDL-2: “Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Airplanes”
RDL-3: “Wireless Power Transfer – From Science Fiction to Reality”

Region 9 South America

Edson H. Watanabe

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Instantaneous Power Theory Teoria pq and Applications to Power Conditioners”
RDL-2: “Electrical Energy, the Environment and Power Electronics”

Jaime Arau

National Center for Research and Technological Development-CENIDET

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “New Trends in Multiport Power Converters for Energy Harvesting / Storage Systems”
RDL-2: “The Important Role of Power Electronics for the Creation of a Sustainable World”
RDL-3: “Towards the successful publication of technical journal articles in the world of engineering”

Javier Alveiro Rosero Garcia

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Transformación organizacional por transformación Digital”
RDL-2: “Medición inteligente en redes de distribución de energía”

Region 10 Asia Pacific

Kan Akatsu

Yokohama Natl. Univ. (Japan)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Integration technology of electric machines and inverter system in EV”
RDL-2: “Advanced motor control technique realizing “Digital Twin”

Gurumoorthy Bhuvaneswari


Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Power Converters and Control Configurations for Renewable energy systems”
RDL-2: “Power quality improvement in Switched Mode Power Supply Systems”
RDL-3: “Power Converters: Classification”

Sewan Choi

Seoul Natl. Univ. of Sci. and Tech. (South Korea)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “High power density, high-efficiency on-board battery chargers for electric vehicles”
RDL-2: “Bidirectional soft-switched DC-DC converters for high step-up and wide voltage range applications”

Rukmi Dutta

Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Breaking the barrier- high-speed and high-power Permanent Magnet Machines”
RDL-2: “Multiphysics optimization of electric machines leading to additive manufacturing”
RDL-3: “Transport Electrification and Renewable Energy Conversions- a push in the right direction (for the advancement of Electric Machines and Drives)”

Jun-ichi Itoh

Nagaoka Univ. of Tech. (Japan)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “AC-AC direct conversion technologies”
RDL-2: “Minimization of passive components with circuit topology and its control”
RDL-3: “Simple adjustable speed drive system based on V/f control for PM motors”

Noriko Kawakami

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp. (Japan)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Leaping the gender gap! Why engineering is worthwhile career for women”
RDL-2: “High power converters contributing power grid stabilization in Japan”
RDL-3: “Large capacity power electronics technology for renewable energy sources”

Dong-Choon Lee

Yeugnam Univ. (South Korea)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Control issues of AC/DC/AC PWM converters”
RDL-2: “Control of wind power generation system and grid connection techniques”

Wuhua Li

Zhejiang Univ. (China)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “State awareness and lifetime extension of power devices/converters: from near-line to on-line”
RDL-2: “Hierarchical control and self-disciplined stability of renewable DC-based inter-grid”

Meiqin Mao

School of Electrical and Automation Engineering (China)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “MAS-Based Multi-time-scale Energy Management for a microgrid”
RDL-2: “Integration and Optimal Control of Microgrid Comprised with PV/Battery-VSGs”

Bhim Singh

IIT Delhi (India)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Electric vehicles-at a glance”
RDL-2: “Power factor correction converters feeding brushless DC motor drives”
RDL-3: “Microgrids: configurations, control, synchronization, and applications”
RDL-4: “Control of brushless motors for solar water pumping”

Xu Yang

Xi’an Jiaotong Univ. (China)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Frequency and time-domain modeling and stability analysis PWM converters”
RDL-2: “Application and integration for wide bandgap semiconductor power devices”
RDL-3: “DC micro-grid and power electronic transformers”

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