30 April Deadline! IEEE PELS Ph.D. Thesis Talk Award (P3 Talk)

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DEADLINE: April 30th

The IEEE PELS Education Digital Media Committee invites video submissions for the IEEE PELS Ph.D. Thesis Talk Award. The goal of this competition is to showcase Ph.D. projects to the entire power electronics community - both in academia and industry. The Ph.D. Thesis Talks can be up to 3 minutes long. Five IEEE PELS P3 Talks will be awarded each year.


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  • All Ph.D. graduates across the world who defended their thesis and have received their Ph.D. or doctoral certificate or have proof of final thesis defense after March 31st of the year preceding the award.
  • Must be IEEE PELS Members (Student Member or Regular Member).
  • As a prerequisite for eligibility, the applicant with the submission of a video expresses the consent that the video may be published by IEEE PELS, and assures that it does not contain otherwise copyrighted or confidential material.

The topic of the Ph.D. thesis should be in one of the focus areas of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Power electronic devices (Si and wide band-gap) and applications
  • Power conversion topologies, modulation, and control
  • Modeling and control of components, converters and systems
  • Rotating/linear electro-mechanical devices and drive systems
  • Passive components and materials
  • Power electronic packaging, integration, and advanced manufacturing
  • Reliability, diagnostics, prognostics, and health management
  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Thermal management, advanced cooling technologies
  • Renewable and alternative energy
  • Smart grids, micro-grids, and utility applications
  • Electrical energy storage
  • Energy conversion for Information Technology and communication systems, cyber security
  • Big data and machine learning applications in energy conversion
  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy efficiency for residential, commercial and industrial applications
  • Wireless power transfer (WPT)
  • Lighting applications and displays
  • Transportation electrification
  • High power/voltage power conversion
  • High voltage isolation and lightning strike protection

Submission Criteria
Upload a video up to 3 minutes, summarizing the Ph.D. research OR a link to the video. 

Submission requires the following information: 

  • Name (contact info)
  • University
  • IEEE Membership Number
  • Date of Graduation
  • Proof of Ph.D. Defense/Degree
  • Thesis Title
  • Brief abstract (< 200 words)
  • Keywords (3-5)

All submissions must be in English. Translation of the certificate/diploma may be required or a proof letter from University/Institute or Ph.D. advisor. 

How to Submit
All videos must be submitted to the OpenWater platform.  An IEEE Account is required for login.  The online nomination forms are saved in your account automatically and can be resumed at any time. 

Open Submission              1 December 2021
Deadline to Apply              30 April 2022 (FIRM DEADLINE)
Judging Phase                  1 May - 30 June 2022
Winner Notified                  15 July 2022

A certificate and a monetary award of US$1,000 will be awarded to each of the top five presenters. A ceremony will be organized, either online or at a PELS-sponsored Conference.  A total of five awards will be presented.

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