VOTE: 2018 Election of Members to the PELS Administrative Committee
For Election of Members to the Administrative Committee
For a Three-Year Term Ending 31 December 2020
JOHAN H. ENSLIN (M’85-S’86-M’88-SM’92-F’13) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1981, 1983 and 1988, respectively. He is currently the Duke Energy Endowed Chaired Professor in Smart Grid Technology at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Energy Systems Program at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center, North Charleston. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has a 36-year career with leadership in industry and academia in U.S.A., Europe, and South Africa. He served as a Senior Executive for private business and a Professor of electrical engineering. His recent research interest focuses on power electronics for virtual power plants and cyber-physical security for power systems. Dr. Enslin is a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa and a fellow of the IEEE and SAIEE.
He served the IEEE PELS Society in the following capacities:
• AdCom Member (2000-2003 and 2014-2017).
• Formed, Chair and Vice-Chair for the joint IEEE PELS Chapter in South Africa (1990-1999).
• Chair, Technical Program Chair and Committee Member for several FEPPCONs 1991, 1994, 1998, 2015, 2017.
• Vice-Chair, Technical Program and Committee Member for several Power Electronics Specialist Conferences (PESC) 1995-2000.
• General Chair and Vice-chair for several IEEE Africon’s (1992, 1996, 1999)
• Chair - Organizing Committee, PEDG-2018.
• SmartGrid and PES Liaison.
• Associate Editor for PELS Transactions, PELS Letters, JESPE
• Founding Steering Committee eT&D (PES and PELS initiative)
Statement: I would like to focus on collaboration activities between different IEEE Societies in the area of power and energy applications of power electronics. These activities will include humanitarian initiatives, joint conferences, publications so that the impacts are larger and more wide-spread throughout IEEE. This will emphasize the importance of power electronics technology in the future sustainable power systems. Through these joint activities, the IEEE PELS membership will grow, conferences and journals will become even more highly ranked. Due to my unique background, with a balanced career in industry and academia, across three continents (Africa, Europe, and North America) as well as my active participation in other IEEE Societies, I am an excellent fit to spearhead these activities as a Member at Large.
I have as a goal to see more industry participation within IEEE PELS, especially in the power and energy applications of power electronics. I am well fit to get industry PELS members more active through initiatives like working groups, standards development, mentorship and workforce development.
I am planning to support and build out the existing eT&D (Electronic Transmission and Distribution) initiative between IEEE PELS and PES, and make it a new focus are within the two Societies with well organized, scheduled conferences, workshops and publications. Furthermore, on the Humanitarian Initiatives, I am an excellent fit with my background in both Developing and Developed Countries.
MICHAEL HAYES (M’17) BE (Electrical) 1987, MEng.Sc 1993 (planar magnetics, University College Cork.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
• Energy Harvesting (circuits, models and system integration) particularly for energy efficiency, industrial and med tech applications
• Conditional monitoring in commercial buildings and factories
• Energy demand management in buildings and micro-grids
• Embedded micro-power – Power Supply on Chip, Magnetics on Silicon, 3D power packaging
He worked at Artesyn Technologies at various design engineering roles and at senior management level for 20 years before joining Tyndall in 2008. He was responsible for gaining funding of almost $10M for Tyndall and Irish industry partners. He worked package leader on EU projects in ICT systems, energy efficient building and smart factories. He was co-ordinator of the ROWBUST project, an IERC collaborative industry led project on energy harvesting deployment simulation tools. He was the Lead PI and coordinator of MISCHIEF, an Enterprise Ireland research project developing a world-leading efficiency and voltage range PMIC (Power Management IC) for IoT applications. He was an executive committee member (vice president) of PSMA board of directors and co-founder of the PSMA energy harvesting committee in 2015, chairing its energy harvesting industry session at APEC 2017 and contributing to the PSMA technology roadmap 2017. He was a member of the technical committee for various international conferences and workshops including ECPE (2015), PwrSoC (2014, 2016) and IWIPP (2017). He was co-founder & chair of an international Energy harvesting workshop in development (EnerHarv2018) via PSMA with IEEE PELS as a technical sponsor.
Statement: There will be an estimated 75Bn IoT devices in the world by 2020, all requiring a power source. Consequently there is an urgent need for more focus on power solutions for ultra low power (ULP) applications, particularly for wireless IoT devices. ULP devices are hitherto served by batteries and discrete or embedded DC/DC conversion circuits without too much attention in most cases to (i) conversion efficiency and (ii) size. These 2 parameters are now becoming of utmost importance for many applications due the need for such IoT devices to be miniaturized and where possible be self-powered (or at least capable of lasting for several years without the need for regular battery replacement.)
We need to work with realistic ambient energies that are sporadic and in the sub mW power range. ULP devices need to be energy harvesting centric and context aware to maximize energy harvested and stored and to minimize power consumed. We need the technology developers and application developers to work much more closely together and in a concurrent manner. Through Tyndall & PSMA (energy harvesting and packaging committees) I am leading various energy harvesting activities that is increasing awareness and driving collaboration between developers of models and hardware for parts (transducers, storage and micro power management) and systems. If so empowered by IEEE as a member at large I plan to be both a conduit and leader to enable such synergies and collaborations to take place.
NORIKO KAWAKAMI (M’95-SM’16) is Senior Fellow in the power electronics systems division at Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation where she has been leading several development projects of large capacity power electronics equipment at the cutting edge. Noriko Kawakami received her B.S. degree in physics from Sophia University in 1982. In the same year, she joined Toshiba Corporation and has been engaged in developing and designing large-capacity power electronics equipment for more than 30 years. Her main activities include the latest technology of grid-connected converters and inverters for distributed energy sources, namely, fuel cells, wind turbines, and battery energy storage systems, and FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission System) devices, as well as their sophisticated control systems. She received the Technical Development Award in 2000 and the IEEJ (the Institute Electrical Engineers of Japan) Transactions Prize Paper Award in 2010. In 2003, she moved to Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation, 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. Dr. Kawakami served as a member of the technical program committee and a reviewer for many conferences such as the IEEE ECCE, ECCE Asia, and INTELEC. She is an active senior member of the IEEJ. Since 2012, she has been serving as a board member of the IEEJ Industry Applications Society, and has been serving as Vice President since 2016.
Statement: The IEEE is one of the largest organizations of technical professionals in the world. The importance of its activities is increasing in modern society where electrical engineering has a significant influence. Nowadays, power electronics capable of changing and controlling the form of electric power is one of the most essential and fundamental technologies supporting daily life. In the near future, integration with communication technology will allow “Power Electronics of Everything” (PEoE) to realize better and more efficient energy usage. This situation is the same in the Asia-Pacific. I intend to strengthen the existing network in the field of power electronics in the Asia-Pacific in cooperation with the IEEE PELS.
Based on my experience in industry, I believe that bidirectional connections between industry and academia are indispensable for enhancing the activities of power electronics. I would like to make stronger the connections between industry and academia. Currently, the ratio of female members in the IEEJ is only 3%. 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 would like to communicate and cooperate with female engineers around the world for the purpose of removing barriers when women join and stay in the field. I believe that showing young female engineers and students various career paths of women would encourage them to attempt new challenges in this worthwhile field of power electronics.
BRAD LEHMAN (S’92-M’92-SM’08) has been Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics since 2013. Under his direction, the Transactions has operated to be one of the most successful publications in all IEEE: It is the most downloaded journal in IEEE, has among the highest Impact Factors, has doubled in size in the last 5 years, has become among the most financially successful journals in IEEE, but at the same time has maintained among the fastest review and publication times compared to all other IEEE Transactions. He has also participated in many other IEEE PELS activities, including being a co-founding member of TC-6 technical committee on High Performance and Emerging Technologies, as well as being the chair of the IEEE P1789 group on flicker in LED lighting.
Brad Lehman is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA. His research interests include power electronics, with emphasis on the modeling, design, and control of high density converters with applications in solar energy, LED lighting, battery chargers, and telecommunication power supplies. He was the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Power Electronics Society Modeling and Control Technical Achievement Award and a 2016 IEEE Standards Medallion. He was highlighted in the inaugural edition of the book The 300 Best Professors, Princeton Review, 2012. Prior to his career as a professor, he served as the Head Coach of the nationally ranked varsity Georgia Institute of Technology swimming and diving team.
Statement: The importance and prestige of the IEEE PELS continues to increase, particularly with the technology trends in renewable energy, electric vehicles and HVDC. As an Administrative Committee (AdCom) member, I would emphasize our obligations as a society to embrace a leadership role in the fields of research, technology development, membership mentoring, and education. Our first obligation would be to expand membership benefits through initiatives such as web based seminars, digitally archived tutorials from distinguished lecturers, creating “young professional” and “women in engineering” mentoring/networking events at all our conferences and workshops, and reaching the needs of members in both industry and academics.
We should maintain the highest quality power electronics publications and embrace digital content within them, including movie demonstrations, open-access articles, and software downloads. IEEE PELS should be a place where its members can gain widespread access to all types of technical material relevant to both industry engineers and academic researchers. As an AdCom member, I would also expand outreach programs for growing markets in power electronics, such as India, Africa and South America, as we have the opportunity to grow our membership in new ways as the renewable energy markets in these countries continue to expand. Finally, I would help create volunteer opportunities for our IEEE PELS members to use their unique expertise to bring renewable energy and microgrids into developing nations, through various programs in IEEE and other volunteer societies.
HUI ‘HELEN’ LI (S’97-M’01-SM’01) received the B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China in 1992 and 1995, respectively. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000. From 1999 to 2000, she worked for Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center of Oak Ridge National Laboratory on developing soft-switching dc-dc converters for electric vehicle application. From 2001-2002, she worked for Tyco Electronics on rectifier and dc-dc converter. Currently she is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Florida A&M University—Florida State University College of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL, USA. She leads power electronics research at the Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, since 2002. Her research interests include PV converters applying WBG device, bidirectional dc–dc converters, cascaded multilevel inverters and power electronics application in hybrid electric vehicles.
Dr. Li is a Senior Member of IEEE. She has served as Education Committee Chair for Power Electronics Society and Member-at-Large for Power Electronics Society. She has served as student activity chair for IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) Conference from 2011-2014 where she started student hardware demo program and other student awards program. She has published over 100 high quality papers and received Prize Paper Award from IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics. She currently serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics.
Statement: If elected as a Member-At-Large to the PELS Ad Com, I would continue to promote educational activities for all members such as the student hardware demo program and prizes for students to conferences and increase the industry-student interactions. As the power electronics field grows, more and more international members and new members with diverse background have joined power electronics society. My second goal is to use my academia background to facilitate the publicity of power electronics society to new members and other sister societies, and assist communication between members in different countries by arranging mini power electronics lecture series hosted by Adcom members and volunteers from power electronics society. In summary, I would continue strive to make PELS membership a valuable resource for all of its members.
UDAYA K. MADAWALA (S’89-M’91-SM’06) 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, where, as a Full Professor, he currently focuses on power electronics, renewable energy and wireless power transfer (WPT) with bi-directional power flow. With over 28 years of industry and research experience in the field of power electronics, Udaya has over 250 publications, including IEEE journals, conferences, and a diverse portfolio of patents on WPT and power converters. As an active IEEE volunteer, Udaya has made significant contribution to power electronics delivering keynote/plenary speeches and conducting tutorials as well as serving on various roles, including general chair and co-chair, chair of technical programs and tracks, tutorials and special sessions of ECCE, PEDS, PEDG, ICSET, PEAC and SPEC conferences. In particular, he is instrumental in promoting power electronics in NZ as Chair of PELS/IES/IA and founder of IES/IAS Chapter, Liaison Chair (Oceania Membership) and through a variety of IEEE activities. As a steering committee member of the Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC) and taking the leadership as General Chair, he successfully organized the SPEC 2016 in NZ, attracting in excess of 300 participants. He is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and a member of the Sustainable Energy and Membership Committees of PELS.
Statement: As a passionate and dedicated longstanding member of IEEE for 29 years, I am excited to contemplate the possibility of serving as a Member at Large of the Administrative Committee of the Power Electronic Society (PELS). If elected, my focus would be to facilitate 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 strengthening links and creating opportunities in regions with a limited PELS presence, where the Society could further extend its influence and inspiration. Harnessing untapped potential in these areas, through the promotion of new membership, 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 maintained a sustained contribution 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. My most recent contributions are promoting power electronics in the Oceania Region and, as General Chair, organizing the 2016 Southern Power Electronics Conference as the largest power electronics conference ever to be held in New Zealand. It is therefore with great pleasure that I look forward to extending my contribution to PELS at a higher level, fostering new affiliations and providing resources to promote the discipline, particularly in regions where there is minimal PELS presence.
MARCO RIVERA (GSM'10-M'11-SM'17) Prof. Rivera is currently serving as a volunteer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society in the role of General Chair of the 3rd Annual Southern Hemisphere Power Electronics Conference 2017, which will held in Puerto Varas, Chile and as a Secretary of the Power Electronics Society – Chile Section. Marco Rivera received his B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He joined the Department of Electronics Engineering of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile, in 2008, where he has been awarded with the Ph.D. degree in 2011 with a scholarship from the Chilean Research Fund CONICYT, and worked as postdoc researcher and lecturer during the years 2011 and 2012. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering (2013) and Head of the Technological Center of Renewable Energy (2016) at Universidad de Talca, Curicó, Chile.
Prof. Rivera was awarded with the Premio Tesis de Doctorado by the Academia Chilena de Ciencias for the best thesis developed in Chile in 2011 and the Premio AIE IEEE Ingeniero Sobresaliente 2015 (Outstanding Professor of 2015) by the Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry and the International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Chile Section. His research interests include renewable energy, micro-grids, matrix and multilevel power converters, predictive and digital controls for high-power drives, four-leg converters, and the development of high-performance control platforms based on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays.
Statement: From the position of Member-at-Large, first I will promote and consolidate the society in Chile and within the wide cooperation network in Latin-American, Europe and Asia we will enhance the power electronics society. The power electronics is currently the most important subject within the electrical and electronics engineering field. One of the mains challenges in this discipline is to provide sustainable chain of electrical energy including the generation, transmission, distribution and efficient technologies in the final use (industry, telecommunications, transportation, home applications). My research is focuses in these topics and the work that I lead in the Technological Center of Renewable Energy of the Universidad de Talca, Chile, has the vision of being one of the world’s reference in the energy field.
I consider myself as a professional capable of contributing in the strengthening of the PELS. I will make available to society all my expertise as researcher, author, reviewer, editor, chair and member of organizing/technical committee of conference and special sessions. Additionally, my wide experience working with international networks can be also very worth for the society, taking into account the strategy position of Chile for the dissemination of the different activities in Latin-America.
PRADEEP SHENOY (S’06-GSM’07-M’09) is a systems engineer at Texas Instruments working on high frequency voltage regulators. He previously worked in TI Kilby Labs, TI Systems and Applications R&D Lab, and Caterpillar’s Electric Power Division. Pradeep received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Pradeep was the vice chair of the IEEE PES/PELS Joint Student Chapter at the University of Illinois and the co-chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois. He previously served as the PELS Student Liaison and the PELS Young Professionals Chair. He currently serves as the PELS Regions 1-7 Chair and the Dallas PELS/PES Joint Chapter Chair. He was a Member-At-Large of the PELS AdCom from 2015 through 2017.
Pradeep participated in the US National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes program doing research at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2007. He was awarded the Camras scholarship and a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship. He received the Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award in 2010 and the Jack Kilby Award for innovation in 2015. He currently serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.
Statement: Ever since I started to participate in the PELS as a student, I have wanted to help build a professional and scholarly community that meets the needs of all those in the field of power electronics. I have observed that networking, education/training, and sharing of ideas are some of the main reasons people join PELS. My aim is to help facilitate growth in these areas. There are three specific focus areas that I hope to help PELS grow in:
1. Increase the active participation of industry members, especially young professionals
2. Grow and diversify the global impact of PELS
3. Improve the value of PELS membership
To help PELS grow in these areas, I plan to build on the efforts of the PELS student/young professionals team. The networking and career advice receptions at the major PELS conferences for the last several years have been well attended, effective, and applied globally. Leveraging online tools like webinars, videos, and social media will enable PELS members who are not able to attend conferences in person to still participate in the PELS community. One specific goal is to launch industry focused awards in PELS. Revitalizing local PELS chapters around the world is another key activity I will support.
I look forward to serving the PELS community and continue to grow these endeavors.
JIN WANG (S’01-M’05-SM’17) received his B.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, in 1998, M.S. degree from Wuhan University, in 2001, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 2005, all in electrical engineering. From Sept., 2005 to Aug. 2007, he worked at the Ford Motor Company as a Core Power Electronics Engineer. He joined the Ohio State University in 2007 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and Full Professor in 2017. His research interests include wide bandgap power devices and their applications, high-voltage and high-power converter/inverters, integration of renewable energy sources, and electrification of transportation.
Dr. Wang received multiple research and teaching awards including the IEEE Power Electronics Society Richard M. Bass Young Engineer Award and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, both in 2011; Ralph L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Innovation in 2012, the Lumley Research Award in 2013 and the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education in 2017 from the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Wang has over 150 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and six patents. Dr. Wang had been an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications from 2008 to 2014. He initiated and served as the General Chair for the 1st IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in 2013. Currently, Dr. Wang serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (J-ESTPE).
Statement: For technology development, I have been continuously working on wide bandgap (WBG) power devices and their applications. Most of my recent works are on WBG based high power converters including a 7 kV 1 MW Silicon Carbide (SiC) based Modular Multilevel Converter. To further prompt WBG related technologies, I initiated the IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA) and chaired the inaugural workshop in 2013. Now the workshop has become a leading forum for engineers and researchers from both electronics device society and the power electronics society to exchange ideas and present newest developments.
For broader power electronics education, I have been contributing to the IEEE Future Energy Challenge in the last few years. I hosted the competition as a Topic Chair at The Ohio State University in 2013, and served as the Co-Chair and General Chair for 2015 and 2016, respectively. In 2016, as the General Chair, I led the conversion of the competition from a bi-annual event to an annual event. I introduced WBG devices to IFEC2013 by securing Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) device samples for participating teams.
I am involved in the International Technology Roadmap for Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductors (ITRW) as the Thrust Leader for SiC Applications. I am a founding member of the Technical Committee (TC) on High Performance and Emerging Technologies and has served as the award chair, secretary and then vice-chair in the last five years. So I am familiar with the technical operation of the society to some extent.
If I would be elected as a Member at Large, I will try my best to bring more contributions to the power electronics community by advocating research, education and industry outreach for WBG based power devices and applications.
DIANGUO XU (M’98-SM’12-F’17) received the M.S and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China, in 1984 and 1989, respectively. In 1984, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, HIT, as an Assistant Professor, where he has been a Professor since 1994. He was the Dean of School of Electrical Engineering and Automation HIT, from 1998 to 2010. He is currently the Vice President of HIT.
His current research interests include renewable energy power conversion technology, multi-terminal HVDC system based on MMC, power quality mitigation, speed sensorless vector-controlled motor drives, and high performance PMSM servo system. He was promoted as a fellow of IEEE for the contribution to control of electrical drives and power electronic converters. He was general chair of IEEE ITEC Asia-Pacific 2017, TPC chair of IPEMC 2012-ECCE Asia, and TPC chair of VPPC 2008. He has published over 600 journal papers, 4 book chapters, and held 63 patents.
He received the Best Paper Awards at the conferences of ITEC Asia-Pacific 2017, ICEMS 2014, PCIM Asia 2014, IPEMC 2012-ECCE Asia and LSMS & ICSEE 2010. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is the Chairman of the IEEE Harbin Section, the vice president of China Electrotechnical Society and China Power Supply Society.
Statement: It is my great honor to be nominated as a candidate of Member-at-Large by IEEE PELS Nominations Committee. The rapid development of power electronics technology in recent years has had a profound impact on our daily life and industry. Now it is a good opportunity for the PELS to enhance its influence and leadership in power electronics. As the Asia-pacific region is the main production area for power electronic products, with great number of researchers and industrial enterprises engaged in power electronics. If I have the privilege of being elected Member-at-Large, I will serve the society in the following aspects:
1. Membership especially in Asia Pacific, as the Chairman of the IEEE Harbin Section, the vice president of China Electrotechnical Society and China Power Supply Society, I will do my best to promote the society, hold seminars to let more people learn about PELS, join it and serve for it.
2. Enhancing the support from the industry especially in Asia Pacific, since power electronics manufacturing is mainly concentrated in this region, I will convey the purpose and tenet of IEEE PELS to these companies so that they can support and engage in our work, including serving as sponsors of conferences and organizing workshops.
3. Improving the influence of publication, I will make use the new Internet media such as Weibo to share articles regularly, so that published articles can serve the relevant groups faster and improve the impact of the article and the number of audience groups.