PELS Member at Large Election - 2022-2024 - OPEN! Please vote!
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Frede Blaabjerg, Chair
PELS Nominating Committee
Election of Members to the Administrative Committee
For a Three-Year Term 1 January 2022 - 31 December 2024
STEPHANIE BUTLER (M’98-SM’01) is a technology innovation architect who has lead new high voltage and isolation technology innovations from concept to revenue by leading partnerships with Texas Instrument’s technology organizations, manufacturing sites, universities, and product development teams. She has focused on wide bandgap technologies in the last several years. Previously, she was responsible for creating system-in-package power solutions and higher current interconnect technologies. Over her career, she also has produced innovations in the areas of control, process and package technology, metrology, R&D management, and new product development. Dr. Butler has 17 U.S. patents.
Dr. Butler is the Power Electronics Magazine Industrial Deputy Editor in Chief, a member of the PELS Industry Advisory Board, an active member of the PELS Women-in-Engineering (WIE) committee, and a contributor to ITRW. She currently serves on the APEC Conference planning committee. She is the Chair and co-founder of JEDEC's JC-70 Committee for Wide Bandgap Power Electronic Conversion Semiconductors and the Co-convenor of IEC’s TC47/WG8: Wide bandgap technologies – Power electronic conversion. Dr. Butler is the vice chair of PowerAmerica’s Membership Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the AVS, and a Senior Member of IEEE. SWE honored Dr. Butler with their highest award, the Achievement Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions. Dr. Butler received her bachelor’s from Oklahoma State University, and her MS/PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Butler will be retiring from Texas Instruments after a long career that began as an undergraduate Intern (co-op) while working toward her bachelor’s.
Statement: I am excited to be nominated as a candidate for Member-at-Large. I have participated as a non-voting member of ADCOM, directly influencing the new 5-year PELS strategy and identifying corresponding tactics. If elected, my focus will be on methods and tools to increase membership engagement through support of vibrant local chapters, increasing usability of web and media tools, growing world-wide industrial participation, and leveraging the existing suite of PELS products. Besides my direct PELS involvement listed in my bio, I have demonstrated an ability to impact PELS by encouraging and supporting others to contribute to PELS. I will formalize and spread my practice of 1:1 interactions to help more members become active and on-board new members.
The phrase that most resonates with me from PELS’ official Field of Interest is “efficient electronic conversion, control, and conditioning of electric power to enable the sustainable use of energy”. To remain one of the fastest growing technical societies of IEEE, PELS must be at the forefront of the world’s transformation of electricity generation, storage, transportation, and usage. PELS should partner with sister societies, government scientific and funding agencies, and industrial consortia to influence identification of funding in power electronics research. These same interactions, in partnership with academia, can help grow IEEE’s efforts in energy access. Students and Young Professionals want organizations like PELS to have direct and measurable impact for good. These activities can be used to attract students and Young Professionals world-wide, and provide an opportunity for our more experienced members to interact with new members who possess the latest technical knowledge.
ANTONIO CARDOSO (S’89-AM’95-SM’99) received the Dipl. Eng., Dr. Eng., and Habilitation degrees from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 1985, 1995 and 2008, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1985 until 2011, he was with the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he was Director of the Electrical Machines Laboratory. Since 2011, he has been with the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã, Portugal, where he is Full Professor at the Department of Electromechanical Engineering and Director of CISE - Electromechatronic Systems Research Centre (http://cise.ubi.pt). He was Vice-Chancellor of UBI (2013-2014).
He has been involved as a volunteer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society in different capacities, namely as Member-at-Large (2019-2021); Chair (2020-2021), Vice-Chair (2018-2019) and Secretary (2016-2017) of PELS Technical Committee on Electrical Machines, Drives and Automation; Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics; Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics; Vice-Chair of the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE (2009, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021); and General Chair of the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Diagnostics for Electric Machines, Power Electronics and Drives, SDEMPED (2015).
He is currently Member of the International Steering Committee of the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Member of the International Steering Committee of the IEEE International Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC), and Chair of the International Steering Committee of the IEEE International Symposium on Diagnostics for Electric Machines, Power Electronics and Drives (SDEMPED).
Statement: The Power Electronics Society is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing technical societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
In striving to build knowledge and awareness of the latest technologies and other advances in power electronics, the Power Electronics Society's goal is to keep members current and competitive in the workplace and provide them with the tools necessary to help them grow both personally and professionally, independently of their geographical location.
As Member-at-Large based in Portugal, I can effectively contribute to the presence of a South-of-Europe voice at the PELS AdCom, and thus contributing to a technology oriented organization with versatile geo-activities and diversity.
Additionally, all the involvement that I have had as a volunteer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society has helped me to learn about the governance, operational rules, structure, and initiatives, among others, and thus enabling me to start immediately focusing on my goals and responsibilities.
ULRIKE GROSSNER (M’15) is a full professor and Chair in Power Semiconductors at the Department for Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland). She is leading the newly established Advanced Power Semiconductor Laboratory (APS). Her focus is on research and development of power semiconductor semiconductors, their devices, as well as the corresponding module packaging technology. In this field, she specialized in wide bandgap semiconductors, primarily SiC, since the late 1990s.
Ulrike Grossner received her Diploma (MSc. equivalent) and Ph.D degrees in physics from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany in 1997 and 2000. Further, she holds an MBA (2016) from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.
Prior to joining ETH Zurich, Ulrike Grossner held various positions in industry and academic institutions, such as Principal Scientist at the ABB Corporate Research Centre in Baden-Daettwil , Switzerland, Lead Scientist at the Global Research Centre of General Electric, Niskayuna NY, USA and as a Scientist at Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland.
Ulrike serves regularly as committee member and reviewer at large conferences and international journals. As part of an assignment of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, she leads the Industrial Advisory Group for the Power Electronic Conversion Technology Annex (PECTA), one of four Annexes within the 4E TCP (Technology Collaboration Program of Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment) of the International Energy Agency, IEA. In 2022, she will act as General Chair for the International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials, ICSCRM.
Statement: Since I began to work on semiconductors, I have been fascinated by the ample opportunities’ semiconductors bring to improving everyday life. From light-emitting diodes to electrification of transport and industrial applications, semiconductors provide a fundamental building block for power, but also consumer electronics. Especially today, these benefits become more and more apparent in the quest for a more energy-efficient and sustainable development plan for our planet. In my career, I have, however, often observed a hesitance in implementing new such technologies – be it for organizational, marketing, or financial reasons.
As the nonprofit organization of experts that IEEE is, it provides a fantastic framework for pushing the knowledge and finding the limits of what is possible independent of any other than technical considerations. With inclusion of young scholars and scientist and with the focus on the sustainable development goals as proposed by the United Nations, IEEE delivers a vital and tremendously important contribution: The knowledge of what and how and the actual distribution of that knowledge worldwide in its local chapters. Initiatives such as the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives competition raise awareness, foster innovation, and enable entire communities to improve basic health, food, and general living conditions. If elected, I will support the PELS community and the AdCom in the further development of initiatives to globally improve the life conditions using power electronics.
UDAYA K. MADAWALA (S’89-M’91-SM’06-F’18) graduated with B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) (Hons) from The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1987. Since receiving his PhD (Power Electronics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand (NZ) in 1993, he worked for Fisher & Paykel Ltd, NZ, developing new technologies for motor drives. He joined The University of Auckland in 1997 and, as a Full Professor, currently leads a group of researchers, focusing on power electronics projects related to wireless power transfer (WPT), renewable energy and V2X applications.
Udaya is an IEEE Fellow who has over 30 years of industry and research experience in the field of power electronics. As an active IEEE volunteer, he has made a significant contribution to power electronics through keynote and plenary speeches, and conducting tutorials as well as serving various roles, including general, advisory, programs, tracks, tutorials, and special sessions chair of ECCE, PEDS, PEDG, ICSET, PEAC and SPEC conferences. In particular, he has been instrumental in promoting power electronics in the Southern Hemisphere as Chair of PELS/IES/IA and founder of IES/IAS Chapter in NZ, Liaison Chair (Oceania Membership) and through a variety of other IEEE activities, including as the Steering Committee Chair of the Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC). He also took the leadership as General Chair to successfully organize SPEC 2016 in NZ, attracting in excess of 300 participants. Udaya is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and a Distinguished Lecturer of PELS.
Statement: As a volunteer and dedicated member of IEEE for 33 years, I am honoured to be nominated to serving as a Member at Large of the Administrative Committee of the Power Electronic Society (PELS). Should I be elected, my focus would be on promoting future growth of the society in new regions of the globe, with the view to making a vital contribution to humanity through technological advances and innovation in power electronics. A key aspect of my vision is to strengthen links and create opportunities in regions with a limited PELS presence, to further extend PELS influence and inspiration. Harnessing untapped potential in these areas, through the promotion of PELS, dissemination of knowledge and applications of technological advances in power electronics, will result in mutual benefits for both these regions and the Society. With this vision, I have already made significant contributions to PELS, undertaking numerous active roles at both administrative and leadership level, ranging from chapter chair to advisory, technical, and steering committee positions, as outlined in my bio. As a founding member, steering committee chair and general chair, my most recent contributions have been the promotion of power electronics in the Southern Hemisphere through the Southern Power Electronics Conference. It is therefore with great pleasure that I look forward to extending my contribution to PELS as an AdCom member, fostering new affiliations and providing resources to promote the discipline, particularly in regions where there is minimal PELS presence.
AXEL MERTENS (S’89-M’92-SM’19) received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1987 and Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) in 1992, both from RWTH Aachen, Germany. In 1989 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. From 1993 to 2004 he was with Siemens AG in Erlangen and Nürnberg, Germany, with roles and responsibilities in R&D and in product management for large drives. In 2004 he was appointed Professor for Power Electronics and Drives at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. He served as Department Chair (Dekan) of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and as spokesman of the energy research centre LiFE 2050 of Leibniz University Hannover. In addition to his academic duties, he had roles within Fraunhofer IFAM and IEE.
Prof. Mertens has published more than 200 scientific papers and a number of patents. His research interests include the application of power semiconductor devices, design of power electronic circuits and systems, and control of power converters and drives, for applications in E-mobility, energy, and industrial drives. Present research topics include the application of WBG devices in motor drives, monitoring of high-power IGBTs, topologies and control of modular multilevel converters, self-sensing control of electric machines, fault-tolerant drive systems, and control and stability of (micro-)grids relying on power electronic infeed.
Prof. Mertens served as board member and as chairman of the IEEE Joint IAS/PELS/IES German Chapter. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics for many years. As head of the Department of Power Electronics of the German VDE-ETG, he initiated and chaired several national conferences in the field of power electronics, and he is the designated General Chairman of EPE ECCE-Europe 2022 in Hannover, Germany.
Statement: Being a member of IEEE PELS since 1989, it is my home society within IEEE, and I served in many different roles during the last years, most importantly as a Chairman of the German Chapter and as Member-at-Large of AdCom during the present election term. My next great task is the General Chairmanship of EPE – ECCE Europe next year, which will take place at Hannover, Germany, which is my hometown for almost two decades.
It is a great honour to be nominated as Member-at-Large also for the next term. If re-elected I would be committed especially to the following points.
· Conferences, meetings and workshops are the heartbeat of our community. During the Corona pandemic, they have been cut down and replaced in part by virtual events – however these could not reach up with real face-to-face meetings. It is my endeavour to get back to real meetings on an international scale, but keeping alive the special benefits of virtual meetings.
· IEEE PELS Membership is increasing in general, but with different developments in the various regions of the planet. In particular, in Europe we do not keep up with the general trend. We need activities to increase student participation and membership numbers in Europe again.
· The role of power electronics in fighting the climate change is of utmost importance, and I will support any activity in that direction. In contradiction to that, a broad understanding of the possibilities of power electronics is still missing in the power systems community, at least where I could observe it. I think we should take measures to improve that, in cooperation with the sister societies.
GIOVANNA ORITI (S’94-M’97-SM’04) received the Laurea (with Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Catania, Italy. I spent two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Research Intern working with Prof. Tom Lipo, then joined United Technology Research Center and in 2000, I launched my own consulting business. In April 2008 I joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School, where I am now a tenured Professor. My research interests include power electronic converters for electric ship systems, energy management, microgrids, EMI and renewable energy interface. I am IEEE Senior member and the recipient of the 2002 Industry Application Society Outstanding Young Member Award.
Statement: I have been a member of the Power Electronics Society for over 25 years and I have served as reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics since 2006 and as Associate Editor since 2016. In 2010-11 I contributed to the creation of the Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and I was Guest Editor of the Joint IAS-PELS Transactions “Special Issue on Power Electronics in Emerging Applications”, published in March 2012. I have served ECCE as a member of the first steering committee in 2010-11, as Technical Program Co-Chair in 2013 and 2018, as WiE co-Chair in 2017-18 and as General Chair in 2021. I would love to contribute to the PELS AdCom with my 20+ years of service and leadership experience and my passion for the advancement of power electronics.
BURAK OZPINECI (S’92-M’02-SM’05-F’20) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. In 2001, he joined the Post-Master's Program with Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Knoxville, TN, USA. He became a Full Time Research and Development Staff Member in 2002, the Group Leader of the Power and Energy Systems Group in 2008, and Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group in 2011. Presently, he is serving as the Section Head for the Vehicle and Mobility System Research Section. He also serves as a Joint Faculty with the Bredesen Center, The University of Tennessee. Dr. Ozpineci is a Fellow of IEEE.
Dr. Ozpineci has received the US Department of Energy Distinguished Achievement Award in 2021 and the IEEE PELS Vehicle and Transportation Systems Achievement Award in 2020 for contributions to advancement of power electronics in transportation electrification and wireless charging of electric vehicles. He has won an R&D100 award in 2014 and is a finalist for one in 2021. Dr. Ozpineci has also received multiple team awards with his team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Department of Energy.
Statement: I have been a member of IEEE for almost 30 years, and I have been involved in various positions withing IEEE PELS and also IAS and Transportation Electrification Community. I have also been involved in the organization of many conferences. I was the vice-chair for the first WiPDA and the general chair of the second one in Knoxville, TN. My team also organized one of the earlier WoW conferences and the first CyberPELS Workshop in Knoxville. I enjoy these smaller focused workshops/conferences. If I am elected, I will initiate others within PELS AdCom.
One area of interest for me is Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. I gave two recent tutorials on AI/ML applications for power electronics. I will support a PELS initiative in this area and initiate more special sessions in PELS sponsored conferences and eventually spin off an independent workshop/conference.
I have hired many people in my 20-year career at ORNL and I encouraged them to be IEEE Senior Members. I also encouraged them to start a PELS/PES chapter which they have done successfully. If elected, I will find ways to encourage PELS members to get more of them recognized. I will also support the formation of more local chapters.
Being from a national laboratory in the US and having worked with students, the industry, and the government throughout my career, I have a much different perspective which can help PELS AdCom with more diverse directions.
SANJIB KUMAR PANDA (S’86-M’90-SM’03-F’21) received his B. Tech. (SVNIT, Surat, India, 1983), M. Tech. (IIT, Varanasi, India, 1987), and PhD (University of Cambridge, UK, 1992) degrees in Electrical Engineering. He has been holding a Faculty Position at the National University of Singapore since 1992, and presently serving as Director of Power & Energy Research Area. He has published over 450 technical papers and has authored a book, as well as couple of edited book chapters. He is a member of PELS, IAS, PES and IES and has been serving in the four IEEE Societies in different capacities. He has received the Best Paper award at the IEEE Conferences ICSET-2018 and IEEE ECCE-Asia 2021. He has also received the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), Port-Challenge and Research Project Award by SMI, Singapore in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
Dr. Panda is presently serving as Associate Editors for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics; IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics; IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion; IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications; IEEE Access and had served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2016-2018). He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Power Electronics. He is currently serving as Chair of the IEEE-ECCE Asia Conference Coordinating Committee. Dr. Panda is also serving the PELS Membership and Chapter Development Committee as Regional Coordinator for the R-10. He has also contributed in the capacity of General Chair for the IEEE ECCE-Asia 2021, Singapore. Dr. Panda is presently serving as the Chair of the IEEE PELS TC-12.
Statement: I have been volunteering and serving IEEE for almost 30+ years in the PELS, PES, IAS and IES in various capacities. Membership Growth is paramount for the success of IEEE. In PELS, I have been working for Membership & Chapter Development Committee for the past 8 years as R-10 Coordinator. We had been working hard and achieved membership growth rate of around 5% for the past six years. As a result, membership number has increased from 4 digits (pre-2016) to 5 digits (post-2019). Majority of the membership growth has been from the R-10 with continuous and sustained development activities especially in India and the region. I had also proposed to increase the Best Chapter Awards, one for Chapters and another for Student Branch Chapters. Moreover, in the Chapter category it has been proposed to increase the Award to three by classifying them into small, medium and large chapters. I have also contributed as co-founder of the two well-established IEEE PEDS and ICSETS conference series running successfully for more than 15 years. Recently, we have successfully organized the IEEE ECCE-Asia 2021 Conference in Singapore for the 1st time. I am presently chairing the ECCE-Asia Conference Coordination Committee. I have recently been appointed as Chair of the newly formed TC-12: Energy Access and Off-grid Systems. We are planning for the Empower a Billion Lives (EBL-II) Competition in 2022. Therefore, I feel that if elected as a Member-at-Large, I can bring my multi-pronged experience for the benefit, growth, and visibility of PELS.
MARYAM SAEEDIFARD (GSM’05-M’08-SM’11) received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2008 in Electrical Engineering. Since January 2014, she has been with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is currently an Associate Professor and holds a Dean’s professorship. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University (2010-2013) and a researcher with the Power Electronic Systems Group, ABB Corporate Research Center, Switzerland (2007-2009).
Dr. Saeedifard’s research interests are power electronics, medium- and high-power energy conversion systems, power electronic systems based on wide-band-gap switching devices, High-Voltage DC (HVDC) transmission systems, protection and control of multi-terminal DC grids, and cybersecurity of power electronics-based systems. She has published one book chapter and more than 180 refereed journal and conference papers.
Dr. Saeedifard has served in several IEEE conference organizing committees including the technical co-chair of the IEEE Industrial Electronic Conference (IECON) in 2014, technical co-chair of the IEEE Energy Conversion Conference and Exposition (ECCE) in 2016 and 2018, general chair of the IEEE Workshop on Wide Band Gap Devices and Systems (WiPDA) in 2018, chair of Women in Engineering (WIE) of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) from 2012 to 2018, and a technical track chair of the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) from 2012-2018. Currently, she is serving as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics.
She is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2008, Richard M. Bass Award Outstanding Young Power Electronic Engineer Award of the IEEE Power Electronic Society in 2010, Excellence in Research Award from the Office of Vice President for Research at Purdue University in 2011 and 2012, Outstanding Young Engineer Award of the IEEE Power Engineering Society of Atlanta Chapter in 2015, J. David Irwin Early Career Award of the IEEE Industrial Electronic Society in 2018, several prize paper awards from the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics and Trans. on Power Electronics in 2016, 2018, and 2021, IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award in 2019, Roger Webb Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2021, and the Technology, Research and Innovation Award (C3E) of the US Department of Energy in 2021. She was selected as an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2011 and as an invited attendee at the National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium in 2012.
Statement: With the emergence of disruptive technologies ranging from the grid integration of renewable energy resources and electric vehicles, the electronic transmission and distribution systems to Wide Band Gap (WBG) switching devices, the IEEE Power Electronics Society is uniquely positioned to orient and define the next generation of energy transmission, storage, and distribution systems. Over the past 11 years, I have been an active member and advocate in the IEEE PELS and IES not only through my technical contributions but also through the organization of educational activities and technical events. In particular, I initiated the very successful “Women in Engineering Networking Events,” at PELS, I developed a MOOC on "Multilevel converters for medium/high power applications," which is currently available on edX platform, chaired the 2018 Workshop on Wide Band Gap Devices and Applications (WiPDA) workshop, and am currently serving as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics. If elected as a Member-At-Large to the IEEE PELS AdCom, I will continue and strive to make IEEE PELS a more vibrant, inclusive, and diverse, professional society that attracts the brightest graduate students, researchers, and engineers from industry and academia. In particular, I will work to ensure that IEEE PELS demonstrates leadership in encouraging the exploration and adoption of transformative ideas from signal processing, machine learning, cybersecurity, and physics, to address the energy challenges of the future.
KEYUE SMEDLEY (S’87-M’90-SM’97-F’08-LF’22) received a 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 an engineer responsible for designing 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 UCI Power Electronics Laboratory. She is also a co-founder of One-Cycle Control, Inc.
Dr. Smedley’s work has resulted in more than 200 technical publications, two start-up companies, and wide applications in the industry. Dr. Smedley is a recipient of the UCI Innovation Award 2005. She was selected as IEEE Fellow in 2008 for her contribution to high-performance switching power conversion. Her work with One-Cycle Control, Inc. won the Department of Army Achievement Award in Pentagon in 2010.
Dr. Smedley served as the Chair of IEEE Power Electronics Society Constitution and Bylaws Committee, 1996-2002, a member of IEEE PEL AdCom in 1999-2005, an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics in 1997-2008, a Plenary Speaker at IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Annual Conference, 2004, a Keynote Speaker at numerous international conferences including IEEE Industrial Electronics and Application Conference in 2010, an invited speaker at IEEE Power Electronics Society Women In Engineering Events 2019, and the general chair of several international conferences. She is presently an IEEE PEL distinguished lecturer.
Statement: Power Electronics is a crucial discipline in the electrical engineering field to support the fast-growing industrial applications, renewable power conversion, energy storage, power quality, grid support, EV power, etc. I have witnessed the severe shortage of power electronics engineers in the United States and other countries because many universities still do not have a power electronics program. If elected, I would like to work with the Society and other partner organizations to push power electronics education and extend the reach of power electronics to more universities and countries. In addition, I will be happy to collaborate/support other AdCom members to broaden the impacts of PELS.
KAI SUN (S’05-GSM’06-M’11-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, Journal of Power Electronics, and Chinese Journal of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Sun served as the TPC Vice Chair of IEEE ECCE2017 and IEEE ECCE-Asia2017, the Organization Committee Chair of IEEE eGrid2019, the Publicity Chair of IEEE ECCE2020, and the Technical Program Chair of IEEE eGrid2021. He also served as the General Co-Chair of 2018 International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC2018) and 2021 Asian PhD School on Advanced Power Electronics. Dr. Sun serves as PELS Asia Pacific Regional Vice Chair, PELS China Liaison and PELS Beijing Chapter Chair. He is 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. Dr. Sun is selected as IEEE PELS Distinguished Lecturer in 2021-2022.
Statement: Since “Carbon Neutralization” has become a common goal globally, the proportion of electricity in energy production and consumption will continue to increase. Hence, power electronics is an indispensable key technology. The future power system is likely to be 100% power electronics based. As the most influential professional organization in the field of power electronics, PELS will play a leading role undoubtedly. As a member-at-large, I will focus on the following tasks:
1) Accelerate the development of power electronics technology through interdisciplinary and cooperation with other societies. Although power electronics has developed rapidly, it still lags behind some emerging technologies. Through cooperation and sharing with sister societies, I will introduce emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, new materials and 5G to promote the developments of power electronics.
2) Promote membership development, especially young students. I will strengthen the connection between young professional committee and local chapters, and SBCs, provide more training and guidance to SBC, and help student members understand and make full use of membership benefits, including publications, conferences, webinars, mentorship and career guidance.
3) Strengthen online/offline hybrid mode activities. COVID-19 still has a big impact on PELS’s activities, especially on the in-person conferences and international travels. But the epidemic will eventually end. In near future, more and more regions can carry out offline activities, and the online/offline hybrid mode will be an important choice for PELS activities. I will boost the communication and experience sharing among local chapters around the world, help organize more hybrid mode events and enhance the influence of PELS.
SHINZO TAMAI (M’96-SM’18-F’21) Dr. Shinzo Tamai is currently Senior Fellow in the Power Electronics Systems Division at Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC), where he has held several leadership positions in power electronics projects.
He received his B. S., M. E., and Ph. D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1981, 1983, and 2004, respectively. He joined Mitsubishi-Electric Corporation in 1983, where he achieved research and development in the so-called “vector control” or “field-oriented control” of adjustable-speed ac motor drives. Then, he led the projects of the development of large-capacity three-level neutral-point-clamped (NPC) converters and their applications to motor drives and static reactive power compensators (STATCOMs). Since 2003, he has been working for the TMEIC that is the joint venture in industrial systems of Toshiba and Mitsubishi-Electric Corporation.
From 2003 to 2019, He was a board member of the Industry Applications Society (IAS) in the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ). He served as the president of the IEEJ/IAS from 2010 to 2012. He was a chair of the ECCE-Asia Coordinating Committee from 2018 to 2019. He contributed to technical exchanges among Japan, South Korea and China.
He is currently serving as the General Chair of the Organizing Committee in the International Power Electronics Conference (IPEC-Himeji 2022) that is one of the IEEE PELS ECCE-Asia conferences. He was, and is currently, a Member-At-Large of Administrative Committee of PELS from 2015 to 2017, and from 2019 to 2021. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Statement: I am responsible for the research and development of large-capacity power electronics at Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC). In addition, I have been promoting various international activities of the Industry Applications Society (IAS) in the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEE-Japan) as one of the past IEEJ/IAS presidents.
It is clear that power electronics technology is expanding by leaps and bounds as a core of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
I strive to concentrate on strengthening, through the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), technical links for power electronics technologies within Asia and the Pacific. Moreover, I have been working to increase networking among professionals, research scientists/engineers, and practical engineers in Asia and the Pacific.
I also strive to establish new worldwide links between industry and academia. We should meet the challenge of connecting new academic ideas to industrial products under border-free activities between young professionals and research scientists from academia, and research/practical engineers in industry.
These challenging tasks require strong cooperation between volunteers and IEEE staff members. My significant accumulated experiences in industry have resulted in achieving the research and management of implementing a technical and strategic vision. In addition, my experiences as the president of the IEEJ-IAS have allowed me to participate in the foundation of the Asian Power Electronics Coordination Committee (APECC) and the Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) Asia Coordinating Committee.