PELS Member at Large Election - 2021-2023 - OPEN! Please vote!

The IEEE Power Electronics Society election of Members-at-Large to the Administrative Committee is now open.


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PELS Nominating Committee


Election of Members to the Administrative Committee

For a Three-Year Term 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2023

SEWAN CHOI (S’92-M’95-SM’04-F’19) received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Inha University, Incheon, Korea, in 1985 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. From 1985 to 1990, he was with Daewoo Heavy Industries as a Research Engineer. From 1996 to 1997, he was a Principal Research Engineer at Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Korea. In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea, where he is currently a Professor. His research interests include power conversion technologies for renewable energy systems and energy storage systems and DC-DC converters and battery chargers for electric vehicles.

He was TPC chair of ICPE2019-IEEE ECCE Asia held in Busan, Korea. He has served as Korea Liaison of IEEE PELS and is currently serving as Chairman of IEEE PELS Seoul section. He has been serving as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics since 2006. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Application and IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topic in Power Electronics. He has served as an executive board member of Korean Institute of Power Electronics (KIPE) since 2004. He is presently Senior Vice President and 2021 President Elect of KIPE. He was promoted as a Fellow of IEEE for the contribution to power electronic converter technologies in 2019.

Statement: I have been a member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) for the past 29 years. It is my great honour to be nominated as a candidate of Member-at-Large by IEEE PELS Nominations Committee.

The mission of IEEE PELS is to “foster the development and facilitate the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge in Power Electronics that benefits members, the profession and humanity”. As the field of Power Electronics has experienced major growth worldwide in the last decades, its impact has been increasing on many facets of human society and activities. This poses both significant opportunities and challenges for IEEE PELS to promote healthy development of the field and maximize its positive impacts.

Important roles of AdCom include training the young generation, broadening the participation of under-represented groups and regions, engaging and empowering members, and outreach to the general public. It is the responsibility of the PELS AdCom to identify and facilitate implementations of policies that support the PELS mission in this new era.

As an AdCom member, if elected, I will be proactive in working with the PELS AdCom colleagues, ExCom, committees, and other PELS volunteers to enable informed, deliberate, and transparent decision-making for improving society operations effectively. I will strive to bring the best values to PELS members and positively influence the greater community.

YIHUA HU (M’13-SM’15) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics and drives in 2011, both at China University of Mining and Technology. Between 2011 and 2013, he was with the College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as a Research Associate at the power electronics and motor drive group, the University of Strathclyde. Between 2016 and 2019, he was a Lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool (UoL). Currently, he is a Reader at Electronics Engineering Department at The University of York (UoY). He has published 150 papers, in which over 100 papers are published IEEE Transactions journals. His score in the academy website ResearchGate is 43.51. The H-index in Google is 36 and i-index is 94. His research papers have been cited by over 3812 times since 2015.  He secured £1M funding from research council (EPSRC, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering) and industry. He was awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowship and EPSRC Power Electronics Centre Impact Acceleration Fellowship. He is a fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET).  His research interests include renewable generation, power electronics converters & control, electric vehicle, more electric ship/aircraft, smart energy system and non-destructive test technology. He is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IET Renewable Power Generation, and IET Intelligent Transport Systems.

Statement: Power electronics has been the cornerstone in modern energy generation, distribution and consumption. As a beacon, IEEE Power Electronics Society enlightens the way for the power electronics researchers and engineers all over the world. There are several challenges that I will help to solve after I take a role of a Members-at-Large.

First, how can we let PELS be seen by young graduate students and young engineers? We would like to invite established researchers to present a family of fundamental knowledge points to undergraduate students.  Furthermore, we would like to invite senior industry members to deliver hands-on experience.

Second, how can we let PELS be seen by the researchers outside of IEEE so that the knowledge of power electronics can be extended to a wider community? For example, material science and power electronics engineering should be complementary with each other. PELS is responsible for attracting a large number of material scientists that can broaden our horizon. We would like to send ambassadors to the other societies (e.g. chemistry, material) to exchange and engage with them, which injects fresh blood to the development of power electronics and keeps the growth of PELS sustainable.

Last but not least, how can PELS be seen everywhere? In a lot of developing counties, poverty is caused not only by energy shortage but also by knowledge shortage. We would like to take our responsibility to share our knowledge via virtual labs and Zoom classrooms. Those missions are likely to make a huge social impact.

JOSE FERNANDO JIMÉNEZ VARGAS (M’10) is a professor in the School of Engineering at Los Andes University in Bogotá (Colombia) since 1982; and an associate professor of the same university since 1994.

He has received a BS in Electrical Engineer from Los Andes University in 1979, an MS in Automatic Control Systems from the École Nationale Supérieure de L'Aéronautique et de L'Espace in 1983 (Toulouse, France), and the Doctor degree in Industrial Systems from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse and Los Andes University in 2000. He received an award for his thesis dissertation.

Today he is Coordinator COCSA Scientific Committee of the Aerospace Sector, Director and Creator of the FABSPACE 2.0 laboratory (2019), Director and creator of Innovation PMO Office of the Fenicia Smart City in Bogotá. (2020)

His research interest is in automated electronic design of Embedded Systems based on FPGA Controllers for Hardware in the Loop emulation of Power Electronic Systems, Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems applications in water, energy and smart cities supported by earth observation images and space technology for the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Statement: The IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) is actively involved in providing technology solutions to the world moving towards a sustainable energy future.

Most of the PELS activities need to expand to all the continents included the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Besides, to have good conferences and excellent publications will motivate young women and men to join PELS.

As a member-at-large, I will contribute to the achievement of these PELS objectives by:

  • Promoting the initiatives to bring electricity to people that do not have quality and sustainable access to it;
  • Inspiring the contributions to the advance of UN SDGs with power electronics solutions;
  • Fostering the research in WBG devices, transportation electrification, and renewable generation and its impact on the grid system;
  • Encouraging the submission of articles to our journals in open access so that everybody can read us;
  • Expanding the doctoral school, the technical content, and networking to all regions. 

NORIKO KAWAKAMI (M’95-SM’16-F’18) is Senior Fellow in the Power Electronics Systems Division at Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) where she has led development projects of large capacity power electronics equipment.

She has been engaged in developing large-capacity power electronics equipment for more than 30 years. Her main achievements are related to grid-connected converters and inverters, and their applications to distributed energy sources such as fuel cells, wind turbines, and battery energy storage systems, and their sophisticated control systems, including HVDC systems employing MMC topology. She received the Transactions Prize Paper Award in 2010 and the Technical Development Award in 2000 from IEEJ (the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan). In 2003, she moved from Toshiba Corp. to Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) which is a successful joint venture of two major Japanese companies in the industrial field. She earned her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology based on her work on control systems for large-capacity self-commutated converters in 2008.

She served as the President of Industry Applications Society of IEE-Japan from 2018 to 2019.

Dr. Kawakami has served as a member of the technical program committee for many conferences such as the IEEE ECCE and INTELEC and as a vice chair for the organizing committee of IPEC 2018 ECCE Asia. She is a members-at-Large 2018-2020 of PELS and a member of IEEE William E. Newell Award Committee.

She was elevated to IEEE Fellow for contributions to large-capacity power converters and applications in 2018.

Statement: The importance of power electronics technology is increasing widely in modern society. I intend to work with three things in mind

1. Strengthening of networks in the Asia-Pacific region

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated an expansion of communication options. That means more people can have access to various events beyond their own regions more easily. The Asia-Pacific region is one of the regions where strong growth can be expected. I intend to work with IEEE PELS to further strengthen the connections between the world and the Asia-Pacific region in the field of power electronics.

2. Industry-academia collaboration

Power electronics is developing as one of technologies which has wide applications in various industries. I believe that collaborations between industry and academia are indispensable for enhancing power electronics technologies. We should take on the challenge of linking new academic technologies and industries by more border-free activities between new graduates, young professionals, and industry engineers.

I would like to make use of my experience in industry to contribute to strengthen industry-academia collaboration.

3. Promotion of active participation of female engineers

Since the proportion of women in the IEEE PELS is not high enough, it is important to demonstrate women's leadership in this field. I intend to cooperate with female engineers around the world to work towards removing barriers when women join and stay in this field. I believe that showing young female engineers various career paths for women would encourage them to attempt new challenges in this worthwhile field of power electronics.

CHI-KWAN LEE (S’02-M’03-SM’14) received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. Since 2010, he has been a Visiting Researcher with Imperial College London, England, U.K. His research interests include wireless power transfer, clean energy technologies, and smart grids. Dr. Lee received the IEEE Power Electronics Transactions First Prize Paper Award for his publications on Mid-Range Wireless Power Transfer in 2015. He is a co-inventor of the Electric Springs.

He served the IEEE PELS Society in the following capacities:

- Founding steering Committee for Wireless Power Week (PELS and MTT initiative)

- Steering Committee Chair Member for 2020 IEEE PELS Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Wireless Power (2020 WoW)

- Technical Program Committee for 2019 IEEE PELS Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Wireless Power (2019 WoW)

- General Chair for 2018 IEEE PELS Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Wireless Power (2018 WoW)

- Associate Editors for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

- Associate Editors for IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics

Statement: If elected as a Member-At-Large to the PELS Adcom, I should promote our expertise and create impacts throughout IEEE. With this vision in mind, I would like to put the focus on the collaboration activities between different IEEE societies in the area of power and energy applications. IEEE PELS could be a place where our members grow with widespread knowledge of cutting edge technologies to advance their personal growth and career.

I shall endeavour

- to strengthen the technical activities of webinars, distinguished lectures, workshops, conferences and publications.

- to foster new joint initiatives between different IEEE societies and/or industries.

- to provide a comprehensive support in the workplace and tools to implement new initiatives.

- to cultivate working groups, mentorship and workforce development within PELS chapters

- to engage young engineers with leading-edge research across disciplines and societies

- to organize diverse activities for IEEE student members to promote PELS

- to facilitate a healthy and sustainable environment to advance knowledge exchange between PELS technical committees

YUNWEI (RYAN) LI (S’03-M’05-SM’11-F’20) is a professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received the B.Sc. in Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2006. In 2005, he was a Visiting Scholar with Aalborg University, Denmark. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ryerson University, Canada. In 2007, he also worked at Rockwell Automation Canada before he joined University of Alberta.

Dr. Li received the Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) in 2013, IEEE Northern Canada Outstanding Engineer Award in 2016, the second prize paper award of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics in 2014. He is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science Group since 2019.

Dr. Li serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Power Electronics (TPEL) Letters since 2019. Prior to that he was an Associate Editor for TPEL, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (JESTPE). Dr. Li also contributes to PELS conferences in numerous roles, including Award Committee Chair of COMPEL 2015, Finance Chair of ECCE 2015, and TPC Chair of ECCE 2017. He served as the general chair of ECCE2020 virtual, which is one of the first PELS sponsored fully virtual conferences at this large scale with around 1500 participants. Dr. Li has contributed to the PELS technical committees and served as co-chair of TC1 (2017-2019) and Technical Thrust lead of TC5 (2012-2017). He is the founding co-chair of local PELS Chapter in the Northern Canada Section.

Statement: Power Electronics is playing an increasingly critical role in today’s society, including integrating renewable energy and energy storage, transportation electrification, powering remote communities, enabling more efficient modern loads, just to name a few. Power Electronics Society (PELS) is the main IEEE society to drive the development of power electronics technologies, educate young people, and facilitate the industry evolutions. In the past decade, I have passionately contributed to PELS, including PELS publications, conference organizations, technical committee activities, student mentorships, as well as local chapter functions. I would continue to do so as a PELS AdCom member-at-large and bring my experience and passion to further the PELS development together with you. I will help to maintain the elite status of PELS publications and further promote them as the top dissemination revenue for power electronics technology development. I will continue to bridge academia and industry and create more opportunities to students, young engineers and woman in engineering (WIE) through PELS technical activities, conferences and local chapter events. I will also bring my experience on virtual conference organization and help to achieve those goals through both in person and online activities.

YAN-FEI LIU (S’91-M’95-SM’97-F’13) received his PhD degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, in 1994.

From February 1994 to July 1999, he worked at the APS Division of Nortel Networks as Technical Advisor. Since 1999, he joined Queen's University. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research interests include digital control technologies for switching converters; high efficiency, fast dynamic response dc–dc switching converter; AC–DC converter with power factor correction; resonant converters and server power supplies, and LED drivers. Dr. Liu holds 53 US patents and has published around 250 technical papers in IEEE Transactions and conferences.  He is a principal contributor for two IEEE standards. He received PELS “Modeling and Control Technical Achievement Award” in 2017, Premier’s Research Excellence Award in 2000 in Ontario, Canada. He also received the Award of Excellence in Technology in Nortel in 1997. Recently, he received Prize for Research Excellence at Queen’s University for 2020.

Dr. Liu's major service to PELS and IEEE are listed below:

1)       Vice President of Technical Operations of PELS from 2017 to 2020

2)       General chair of ECCE 2019 held in Baltimore, Maryland

3)       TC2 chair (Power Conversion Systems and Components) from 2009 to 2012, played a key role in establishing International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (PWRSoC)

4)       TC1 chair (Control and Modeling Core Technologies) from 2013 to 2016, played a key role in converting COMPEL from bi-annual conference to annual conference

5)       A key role in establishing IEEE JESTPE and serving as an Editor since 2013

6)       General Co-Chair of ECCE 2015

7)       Guest Editors for JESTPE and guest Editor in Chief for TPEL.

Statement: The mandate of the Member at Large is to of two aspects: (1) advise the PELS executive team on the major direction / decision for the future of PELS and (2) serve as bridge between PELS members and PELS leadership, so that PELS can serve its member better. I am very fortunate that I have been given the privilege to serve PELS at different levels, such as TC chairs and VP of Technical Operations, as well as leadership roles in conferences and journals sponsored by PELS, in the past 10+ years. I feel that working for PELS is very pleasant and rewarding. Power Electronics as a field is undergoing a significant growth to make more energy efficient societies. As one of our responses to this growth, I have worked with executive team and others to create 5 new Technical Committees (TC8 to TC12) which will be focused on these new technical directions. The addition of these new TCs will help PELS to maintain the leadership positions in these new fields.

If I am elected as a Member at Large, I will continue to work with PELS leadership team. I will be prepared to provide support to the new VP of the Technical Operations for the new TC operation, if needed. In addition to help leadership team, I will be able to better support the growth of PELS members and PELS activities in general. For example, I can spend more time on nominating / supporting our PELS members for various technical achievement awards, as well as elevation to senior and fellow grade of IEEE membership. I can also serve AdHoc committee for a specific task for PELS. In summary, being a member at large is a new starting point for my service to PELS.

CIAN O’MATHUNA (M’05-SM’11-F’13) is Head of Centre for MicroNano Systems at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland, one of Europe’s leading institutes for deeptech research in electronics and photonics. Prof. O’Mathuna is co-author of over 200 publications and has 30+ years’ experience in applied research and technology transfer to the global electronics community. His research is focused on the making, powering and system integration/packaging of  miniaturized smart things that will enable the future 1 trillion sensor economy.

Prof. O’Mathuna has been associated with the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exhibition (APEC) and two of the APEC sponsors, IEEE PELS and the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) for more than 20 years. He is a member of PELS TC2, has participated in FEPPCON in 2019 and 2015 and has acted as liaison between PELS and PSMA on ADCOM. In 2008, he founded the International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) which is now the flagship conference in this space for both IEEE PELS and PSMA. Prof. Ó Mathúna is recognized by the global power electronics and semiconductor communities for his thought-leadership in articulating and driving a vision to deliver the “holy grail” for fully-integrated power management of electronic systems. He is currently a member of IEEE Electronics Packaging Society Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap (HIR) initiative contributing to the chapter on power electronics. In 2013, he was named IEEE Fellow in the field of power electronics “for leadership in the development of power supply using micromagnetics on silicon”.

Statement: As a Member-at-Large on the PELS AdCOM, I plan to focus on expanding the emphasis in the PELS community on the themes of miniaturization and functional integration of power solutions for microelectronics applications. These applications extend from powering future intelligent sensors using energy harvesting to integrated voltage regulation in microprocessors in smart phones and ultimately to granular power management for data-centre servers.

This theme extends the realm of power electronics beyond circuit design-and-build using discrete passive and active components to consider full system integration of power management with the load, whether the microprocessor, the microcontroller or the SOC.

It raises the challenge for the power electronics designer to gain a deeper understanding of technologies for integration of magnetics and capacitors as well as microelectronics packaging technologies such as PCB-embedding, 2.5D and 3D packaging. These theme are now referred to as Power Supply in Package (PSIP) and Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC).

To achieve my objective, and with my extensive background in microelectronics packaging, I propose to enhance the relationship between PELS and the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society (EPS) and support the engagement of PELS, in particular, TC2, in the annual Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap initiative, led by EPS. I will also continue to strengthen the PELS engagement in the PwrSoC Workshop series.

In all aspects of the above activities, I intend to ensure that there is an active engagement of both academia and industry in the conversation to ensure that emphasis is on delivering societal impact from research excellence.

PEDRO RODRIGUEZ (S’01-A’03-M’04-SM’10-F’14) 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 stayed as a postdoc 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 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 and Distinguished Lecturer for his contributions in the control of distributed generation, and he has received the IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award in 2020. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics on Power Electronics, and IEEE Journal on Industrial Electronics, among others.

Statement: The IEEE Power Electronic Society (PELS) plays an increasing relevant role in developing technology for multiple industry sectors, being particularly relevant for the clean energy transition of energy systems. As a Member at Large of the Administrative Committee (AdCom), I would like to contribute to embrace the PELS leadership position in developing the sustainable energy systems of the future by stimulating technology development, education, and mentoring new members.

One of the first PELS commitments should be to empower the next generation of specialists on power electronics, by conducting educational and training activities, as well as to guide professional members in their careers by bringing them expert information about technology and industry trends, as well as about new opportunities. The PELS should continue expanding connections among industry, academia, agencies and organizations by enlarging its portfolio with fresh products, services and innovative events with high-end practical value for its members, encouraging participation of all them.

If elected as an AdCom member, I hope to bring my experience on using power electronics in sustainable energy systems to consolidate the role of the PELS in the smart energy systems of the future, as well as to foster the expansion renewable energy and microgrids into other developing regions. Moreover, I will aim to mobilize the PELS members to champion initiatives addressed to facilitate universal energy access, such as the Empower a Billion Lives competition promoted by PELS, where I acted as a Chair for the Europe and North Africa completion and workshop in 2019.

JENNIFER (JEN) VINING (GSM’06-M’11-SM’19) has been working in electric machines and drives since 2005 when she began her graduate studies in the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium at UW Madison. Since then she has worked on several applications of power electronics and motor controls, bringing significant progress to renewable energy and transportation electrification, including: a hybrid electric semi-truck at Daimler, a renewable energy drivetrain at Oscilla Power, and an electric boat at Pure Watercraft. She is currently working as a lecturer at the other UW. the University of Washington, Seattle.. as well as running a small consulting firm, EighthGen Solutions.

Outside of work, Jen is an active IEEE member in both the Power Electronics Society (PELS) and Industry Applications Society (IAS). She has volunteered in many IEEE positions ranging from conference organization to member activities and services. Her longest running IEEE volunteer position has been with the IAS and PELS co-sponsored conference, the Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) where she has served on the organizing committee for the past 9 years in roles such as webmaster, exhibits chair, social media chair, and currently local arrangements chair.

Statement: First off, I'd like to list the things I value in PELS.  I believe these should be both maintained and enhanced to meet our changing needs over time.

PELS is technically progressive and savvy -- The PELS resource center is great!  And as always, we should be on top of new ways to expand this.

2)       PELS takes an active role in sustainability initiatives -- I, for one, find extreme value in this for our future.

3)       The PELS magazine includes immediately relevant information for practitioners -- Patent reviews, industry standard/product line reviews, next generation technology updates.

4)       PELS values members of all ages and backgrounds, as evidenced by the WIE and Young Professionals initiatives -- This is a real community, and I've found lasting professional relationships here.

These things are a result of the continued effort of many, including those in the PELS Advisory Committee (AdCom).  If elected as a Member-at-Large, I would continue the work started by others to bring these efforts to further fruition.  I would particularly like to grow our community, make it more inclusive, and expand mentoring/networking opportunities.

JIN YE (GSM’13-M’14-SM’16) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. She also received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2014. She is currently an assistant professor of electrical engineering and the director of the intelligent power electronics and electric machines laboratory at the University of Georgia. She is a general chair of 2019 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), a publication chair and women in engineering chair of 2019/2020 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE). She is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. Her main research areas include power electronics, electric machines, energy management systems, smart grids, electrified transportation, and cyber-physical systems.

Statement: I have been actively involved in many PLES communities in an effort to promote power electronics, and broaden the participation of women in PELS.  I have served in the organizing committee for many PELS sponsored conferences. I am a general chair for 2019 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC) and have been working with the organizing committee to make the ITEC flagship conference in the areas of transportation electrification. I have been a Women in Engineering (WIE) chair for IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE) since 2019. As a WIE chair, I have helped organize special sessions to discuss and promote participation of women in PELS.  I have been a session/topic chair for ITEC, ECCE and APEC since 2014. I also serve in the steering committee for PELS cyber-physical security initiative and I was a PLES representative for transportation electrification community (TEC) 2019-2020. If I am selected as the PELS Member at Large, I will continue my ongoing efforts to promote power electronics, particularly in the areas of transpiration electrification and cyber-physical security, as well as to broaden participation of women and underrepresented students in the areas of power electronics.

NAVID ZARGARI (S’90-M’95-SM’03-F’15) received the B.Eng. degree from Tehran University, Iran, in 1987 and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1991 and 1995 respectively.

He has been with Rockwell Automation Canada since 1994, as a senior designer, researcher and recently in a variety of R&D leadership roles. For the past 25 years he has been involved with design of power converters for AC drives. His research interests include power converter topologies and their control aspects, power semiconductors and renewable energy sources. He has co-authored more than 100 research papers and two books: “Power Conversion and Control of Wind Energy Systems” and “Modular Multilevel Converters: Analysis, Control and Applications”. He holds more than 40 granted/pending patents in areas of power converters and medium voltage applications.

Dr. Zargari is an active member/volunteer of IEEE. He is Associated Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics. He has served on various ECCE conferences (Technical program Chair ECCE2020, Exhibit Chair ECCE 2016, Exhibit Co-Chair ECCE2015, Montreal).

He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and was the recipient of the Premier’s Innovation Award for the Innovator of the year from the Province of Ontario in 2009

Statement: The goal of our society should be to increase our value and appeal to power electronics engineers, industry partners and young engineers. Through this goal we can achieve sustainable growth and continue to serve our members.

As an Administrative Committee (AdCom) member, I would work towards achieving these goals by concentrating on enhancing existing and developing new services to our members. We need to increase our partnership with industry and attract more members with industrial background. Developing additional digital content, (webinars or other forums), focusing on new technologies specific to industry segments, leadership skills and broad technology information would help improve industry engagement.