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Distinguished Lecturers Program


PELS Members Who Are Experts in The Field of Power Electronics


The PELS Distinguished Lecturer program is among the most exciting offerings available to PELS Chapters.  Each year, PELS selects some of its distinguished members to become a DL.  This celebrates and honors their high achievements in the power electronics field while supporting PELS Chapter activities with high-profile speakers for local chapter and section events.

Please note: the DL program does not support a DL giving a presentation or tutorial at a regular IEEE conference. 

In addition to the DL program, PELS also offers a Regional Distinguished Lecturer (RDL) program to support members and local chapters in various regions around the globe.  Available RDLs will usually give lectures in PELS local chapter and section events within their region and in a local language.

Please note: the RDL program does not support an RDL giving a presentation or tutorial at a regular IEEE conference unless a local section or chapter sponsors it.
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Meet our Current Distinguished Lecturers (DL) and Regional Distinguished Lecturers (RDL)

Minjie Chen
Minjie Chen

Associate Professor

Princeton University (USA)

Minjie Chen (Senior Member, IEEE) received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University (China) in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), both with honors. Dr. Chen is currently the Vice Chair of PELS TC 10 (Design Methodologies) and launched the PELS MagNet Challenge in 2023.

 – Best Conference Paper Awards: 3D-PEIM, APEC, COMPEL, ECCE, ICRA, IROS, OCP
 – IEEE PELS Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award (2023)
 – IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Prize Paper Award (2016-2017, 2020-2022)
 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology EECS D.N. Chorafas Ph.D. Thesis Award (2016)
 – NSF CAREER Award (2019)
 – Princeton Engineering Commendation List for Outstanding Teaching (2019)
 – Princeton Keller Center Innovation Forum (2019)
 – Princeton SEAS Junior Faculty Award (2022)

Research Interests: Data-driven methods, Design of high-performance power electronics for critical applications, High-frequency power electronics, Power architecture, Power magnetics


Power Electronics for High-Performance Computing: Architecture and Magnetics Co-Design

MagNet Project and Data Driven Methods for Power Magnetics Modeling

Models and Design Methods for Complex Multi-Winding Transformers and Coupled Inductors

Differential Power Processing and Multi-Input-Multi-Output Energy Systems

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Noriko Kawakami

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (Japan)

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Sanjib Kumar Panda


National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Sanjib Kumar Panda (Fellow, IEEE) received his B. Eng. degree from the South Gujarat University (India) in 1983, M.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (India) in 1987, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1991, all in electrical engineering.  Dr. Panda is currently the Chair of PELS TC 12 (Energy Access and Off-Grid Systems) and serves as an Associate Editor for various IEEE Transactions.

 – Cambridge-Nehru Scholarship (during Ph.D. study, 1987-1991)
 – Co-author of one book and several book chapters
 – Co-founded three start-up companies
 – Holds six patents
 – M.T. Mayer Graduate Scholarship (during Ph.D. study, 1987-1991)
 – Published over 450 peer-reviewed research papers

Research Interests: Building energy efficiency enhancement, Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, High-performance control of motor drives and power electronic converters


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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Akshay Kumar Rathore


Singapore Institute of Technology (Singapore)

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Snubberless Naturally Clamped Soft-switching Bidirectional Current-fed DC/DC Converters

Partial Resonant Based Soft-switching Current-fed DC/DC Converters

Electrolytic Capacitorless Pulsating DC Link Three-phase Inverter

Fundamental Device Switching Frequency Control of Multilevel Inverters for Medium Voltage Drives

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Maryam Saeedifard


Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

Maryam Saeedifard (Senior Member, IEEE) received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Isfahan University of Technology (Iran) in 1998 and 2002, respectively, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto (Canada) in 2008, all in electrical engineering.  Dr. Saeedifard is currently an editor for various IEEE Transactions, including the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.

Work History:
2007-2008: ABB Corporate Research Center (Switzerland)
2010-2013: Purdue University (USA)
2014-Current: Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

 – Served on technical program committees for PELS and IEEE conferences (APEC, IECON)

Research Interests: Applications of power electronics in power systems and transportation systems

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Xu She
Lunar Energy (USA)

Xu She (Senior Member, IEEE) received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University (USA) in 2013, all in electrical engineering.  Dr. She is currently a Vice Chair for the PELS Standards Committee and IEEE P3105 standard working group as well as an Associate Editor for various IEEE publications.

Work History:
2013-2022: General Electric and Carrier Corporation (USA)
2023-Current: Lunar Energy (USA)

 – GE Whitney Technical Achievement Award (2018)
 – IEEE IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award (2017)
 – IEEE IES Rudolf Chope R&D Award (2022)
 – IEEE Region 1 Industry Technological Innovation Award (2021)
 – Organizing committee member for IEEE ECCE
 – Published over 75 papers, 40 patent families, and three book chapters


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)

Brij Singh (Fellow, IEEE) received his engineering degrees in electrical engineering from various schools in India.

Work History:
1996-1998: École de Technology Supérieure, Université du Québec (Canada)
1999: Concordia University (Canada)
2000-2006: Tulane University (USA)
2007-Current: John Deere Inc. (USA)

 – IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award (2020)
 – Owns 34 US patents and one trade secret
 – Published over 95 research papers
 – Received four teaching awards from Tulane University (USA)
 – Received three innovation and one collaboration awards from John Deere Inc. (USA)
 – “Title of John Deere Technical Fellow” (2020)


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 (USA)

Keyue Ma Smedley (Fellow, IEEE) received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Zhejiang University (China) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech (USA), all in electrical engineering.

Work History:
1990-1992: Superconducting Super Collider (USA)
1993-Current: University of California, Irvine (USA)

 – Co-author of over 200 technical publications
 – Co-founder of One-Cycle Control, Inc.
 – Co-founder of two start-up companies
 – Co-inventor of the Hexagram converter (2007)
 – Department of Army Achievement Award in Pentagon (2010)
 – Inventor of One-Cycle Control method for high switching power conversion
 – Led consortium in completing a one-year field demonstration of 15kV 2,000A (20,000A fault) class fault current limiter in the commercial power grid (2010)
 – Owns over ten US/international patents
 – UCI Innovation Award (2005)


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 (China)

Kai Sun (Senior Member, IEEE) received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University (China) in 2000, 2002, and 2006, respectively. Dr. Sun currently serves as the PELS TC 8 (Electronic Power Grid Systems) Secretary and an Associate Editor for various IEEE publications, including the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.

Work History:
2009-2010: Aalborg University (Denmark)
2017: University of Alberta (Canada)
2006-Current: Tsinghua University (China)

 – Delta Young Scholar Award (2013)
 – General Co-Chair (IFEC’18)
 – IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Outstanding Reviewer (2019)
 – Organization Committee Chair (eGrid’19)
 – Publicity Chair (ECCE’20)
 – TPC Vice Chair (ECCE’17, ECCE-Asia’17)
 – Youth Award of China Power Supply Society (2017)

Research Interests: Energy internet, Microgrids, Power electronics for renewable generation systems


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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Mahinda Vilathgamuwa


Queensland University of Technology

Mahinda Vilathgamuwa (Fellow, IEEE) received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka) in 1985 and Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University (U.K.) in 1993, both in electrical engineering.  Dr. Vilathgamuwa is currently the PELS Liaison for the Asia/Pacific region and is active in the IEEE Singapore Section.

Work History:
1993-2013: Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
2013-Current: Queensland University of Technology (Australia)

 – Member of the IEEE Power Electronics and Drives Systems Conference (PEDS) Organizing Committee (since 1994)
 – Member of the IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC) Organizing Committee (Technical Committee Chairman in 2016 and 2018, Co-Chairman in 2023, Chairman in 2024)
 – Published over 300 research papers, one book, and two book chapters
 – Secured two patents
 – Supervised over 25 Ph.D. and 16 M.Sc. students and 12 research fellows
 – Technical Committee Chairman of the IEEE ECCE-Asia (2021)

Research Interests: Battery storage, Electrical drives, Electromobility, Power electronic converters, Wireless power


Recent Developments in Wireless Power Transfer Systems for Ventricular Assist Devices/Artificial Hearts

Degradation Conscious Optimal Control of Li-ion Batteries

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Xibo Yuan


University of Bristol
United Kingdom

Xibo Yuan (Senior Member, IEEE) received his B.S. degree from China University of Mining and Technology (China) and Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University (China) in 2005 and 2010, respectively, both in electrical engineering.  Prof. Yuan is currently an Associate Editor for various IEEE publications.

 – Director of UK Centre for Power Electronics
 – Executive committee member of the IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives network
 – Fellow of IET
 – Isao Takahashi Power Electronics Award (2018)
 – UK Royal Academy of Engineering/Safran Chair in Advanced Aircraft Power Generation Systems

Research Interests: Application of wide-bandgap devices, Electric aircraft technologies, Multilevel converters, Power electronics and motor drives, Wind power generation


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: “GaN based Multi-MHz Applications and the Challenges in front of us”

RDL-2: “Key Aspects of the Design and Control of Inductive Power Transfer Systems”

Region 9 South America

Fernando Luiz Marcelo Antunes

Federal University of Ceara (Brazil)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Multilevel Converters”

RDL-2: “Power Electronics for Fuel Cells”

RDL-3: “DC-DC Converters”

RDL-4: “Inverters for Distributed Generation”

RDL-5: “Power Electronics for Electrolyzers”

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

Kaushik Basu

IISc – Bengaluru (India)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Modeling the Switching Behaviour of WBG based Power Devices”

RDL-2: “Efficient and Compact Power Electronic Converters for Future Utility-Scale Grid Integration of Renewables”

RDL-3: “Pulse Width Modulation Techniques of Inverter Fed Asymmetrical Six-Phase Machine Drive”

Honnyong Cha

Kyungpook Natl. Univ. (Korea)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Applications of Magnetics for Power Conversion Systems”

RDL-2: “Power Converter Topologies”

Kosala Gunawardane

Univ. of Tech. – Sydney (Australia)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Integration of Fuel Cell Technologies into DC Microgrids”

RDL-2: “Demand-side Management of Offshore Hydrogen-based DC Power Systems”

RDL-3: “Benefits of Supercapacitance for Designing High-efficiency Power Converters: Supercapacitor-assisted Low Dropout (SCALDO) Regulator Technique”

Weihao Hu


Presentation Topics

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Dong Jiang

Huazhong Univ. of Sci. and Tech. (China)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Mitigation Through Advanced Pulse Width Modulation”

RDL-2: “Power Electronics Converters for Open-Winding Motor Drives”

Kyo-Beum Lee

Ajou Univ. (Korea)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Reliable Design of a SiC Inverter for Motor Driving Systems”

RDL-2: “Dual Motor Driving System with a Single Inverter”

Hong Li

Beijing Jiaotong Univ. (China)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Modeling and Stability Analysis in Time Domain of Power Electronic Converters System”

RDL-2: “Chaotic Pulse Width Modulation in Power Electronics System: from Theory to Applications”

RDL-3: “Programmable Topology Deduction Algorithm for Non-isolated DC-DC Converters based on Graph Theory”

Ke Ma


Presentation Topics

Coming Soon…

Mahesh Kumar Mishra

IIT – Chennai (India)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “Power Quality Features of Voltage Source Inverter in a Microgrid System”

RDL-2: “Microgrid Control and Active Distribution Systems”

RDL-3: “Power Electronics Applications in Microgrid Connected Power Systems”

Dongyuan Qiu


Presentation Topics

Coming Soon…

Shinzo Tamai

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp. (Japan)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “PWM Control of Three-Level Neutral Point Clamped Converters for High Power Applications”

RDL-2: “Large Capacity Converter Technologies for Stabilizing AC Power Transmission Systems”

Laili Wang


Presentation Topics

Coming Soon…

Yijie Wang

Harbin Inst. of Tech. (China)

Presentation Topics

RDL-1: “An Underwater Simultaneous Wireless Power and Data Transfer System for AUV With High-Rate Full-Duplex Communication”

RDL-2: “A Multi-Segment Compensation Method for Improving Power Density of Long-Distance IPT System”

RDL-3: “Design of a Strong Robust Wireless Power Transfer System With Wide-Range Output Regulation Based on Dual-Band Architecture”

Xinke Wu


Presentation Topics

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