​IEEE PELS Mentoring Round Tables: APEC 2019

Anaheim Convention Center

Ballroom E

800 W Katella Avenue

Anaheim CA 92802

Phone: 714-765-8950


Monday, March 18, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Pacific Time


Register ​to ​meet ​the ​leaders ​in ​power-electronics ​through ​a ​face-to-face ​mentoring ​event. ​ ​Our ​distinguished ​mentors ​have ​started ​businesses, ​climbed ​the ​ranks ​of ​IEEE, ​become ​high-performers ​at ​corporations and universities. ​PELS ​members ​will ​get ​a ​rare ​opportunity ​to ​ask ​questions ​and ​get ​professional ​advice ​directly ​from ​mentors ​who ​have ​a ​career’s ​worth ​of ​knowledge ​to ​share. ​ Space is ​limited ​to ​5 ​people ​per ​table ​which ​provides ​a ​casual, ​personal, ​and ​quiet ​atmosphere ​for ​conversation. ​ ​Appetizers, ​desserts, ​and ​beverages ​will ​be ​served. ​The ​cost ​is ​$10.00 ​per ​person. ​Your ​confirmation ​from ​this ​registration ​will ​be ​your ​ticket ​to ​the ​event. ​ ​

For further information or questions about the event please contact Donna Florek d.florek@ieee.org.

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Alan Mantooth Mentor

Alan Mantooth
Topic: Leadership Development Academia/Industry

Alan Mantooth is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas and holder of the 21st Century Research Leadership Chair. Dr. Mantooth has 20 years of academic experience in addition to 8 years in industry. He has served in several leadership positions in both industry and academe, and currently serves as Executive Director for the NSF Research Center on GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), the DoE Cybersecurity Center on Secure, Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS), and as Deputy Director for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS). Since its inception in 2005 he has served as the Executive Director of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transportation (NCREPT) and overseen its research and building program, which includes a 6 MVA/15 kV test facility. Dr. Mantooth has published over 300 refereed articles and three books on modeling, design automation, power and analog circuit design and electronic packaging. He is an IEEE Fellow, has served on the IEEE PELS Advisory Committee since 2004 and was elected PELS President for 2017 and 2018.


 Burak Ozpineci Mentor
 Burak Ozpineci
Topic: Working for National Labs

Burak Ozpineci received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He joined the Post-Masters Program with the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Knoxville, TN, USA, in 2001 and became a Full-Time Research and Development Staff Member in 2002 and Group Leader of the Power and Energy Systems Group in 2008. He is currently leading the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group and managing the Electric Drive Technologies Program at ORNL. He also serves as a Joint Faculty Associate Professor with The Bredesen Center at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.



Helen Li Mentor

Helen Li
Topic: Career Development: Academia

Helen is a professor in the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering. She is an IEEE Fellow and currently holds a position of IEEE PELS Member at Large. She leads power electronics research at Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), Florida State University since 2002. Her research interests include dc-dc converters, multilevel inverters, and PV inverters applying WBG devices. She has led a number of projects in the past to develop solid state transformers and PV converters. Dr. Li is a member of the IEEE Industry Application Society and Power Electronics Society. She received an NSF Career Award in 2007.





Kaushik Rajashekara Mentor

Kaushik Rajashekara

Topic: Career Development: Academia or Industry

Kaushik Rajashekara received his PhD (1984) degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science.  In 1989, he joined Delphi division of General Motors Corporation in Indianapolis, IN, USA as a staff project engineer.  In Delphi and General Motors, he held various lead technical and managerial positions, and was a Technical Fellow and the Chief Scientist for developing electric machines, controllers, and power electronics systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle systems.  In 2006, he joined Rolls-Royce Corporation as a Chief Technologist for More Electric architectures and power conversion/control technologies for aero, marine, defense, and energy applications.  In August 2012, he joined as a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Since September 2016, he is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering in University of Houston.  He has published about 200 papers in international journals and conferences, and has 35 U.S. and 10 foreign patents.  His research interests are in the area of power electronics, drives, transportation electrification, renewable energy, and energy management of microgrid systems.
Dr. Rajashekara was is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is the recipient of the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of electrical systems in transportation; IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award.
Yaow Ming Chen Mentor

Yaow-Ming Chen

Topic: How to write a Prize Paper

Yaow-Ming Chen received the B.S. degree from National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1989, 1993, and 1997, respectively, all in electrical engineering.
From 1997 to 2000, he was with I-Shou University, Taiwan, as an Assistant Professor. From 2000 to 2008, he was with National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. In 2008 he joined National Taiwan University where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. In 2011, Dr. Chen was a Visiting Scholar with University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Dr. Chen has served as Associate Editors for many IEEE Journals, including Transactions on Power Electronics and Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Transactions on Power Electronics. His research interests include power electronic converters and renewable energy.


Maryam Saeedifard Mentor

Maryam Saeedifard
Topic: Career Development: Academia

Maryam Saeedifard received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, in 2008. Since January 2014, she has been with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is currently as associate professor. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she worked as an assistant professor at Purdue University and a research scientist with the Power Electronic Systems Group, ABB Corporate Research Center, Switzerland. She is the recipient of the IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Member Award in 2019, J. David Irwin Early Career Award of the IEEE Industrial Electronic Society in 2018, Richard M. Bass Award Outstanding Young Power Electronic Engineer Award of the IEEE Power Electronic Society in 2010, and Excellence in Research from of the Office of Vice President for Research of Purdue University in 2011 and 2012. She has received two best Trans. paper awards from the IEEE Trans. on industrial Electronics in 2016 and 2018. She was an invited speaker to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers in Engineering Symposium in 2011. She is currently serving as an associate editor for the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, Trans. on Industrial Electronics, Trans. on Smart Grid and Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. Her research interests are power electronics, medium- and high-power energy conversion systems, power electronic systems based on wide-band-gap switching devices, HVDC transmission systems, and protection and control of MTDC grids.

Nasser Kutkut Mentor

Nasser Kutkut
Topic: Entrepreneurship

Nasser Kutkut (S’90–M’95–SM’02) received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, in 1989, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1990, the Ph.D. degree in electrical and the M.B.A. degree in management and entrepreneurship, both from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, in 1995 and 2001, respectively, and the Doctorate in Business Administration in entrepreneurship and marketing from Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France, in 2013. Between 1995 and 1998, he was a Senior Scientist with Soft Switching Technologies, Middleton, WI, USA, where he was involved in the design and development of power electronic converters and systems. Between 1998 and 2008, he founder and CEO of Power Designers, LLC, in Madison, WI, USA, where he successfully developed and commercialized a line of advanced high frequency and high efficiency fast and opportunity chargers and battery monitors for the industrial motive power battery market. Between 2008 and 2015, he was with the University of Central Florida where he was a Lecturer at the Department of Management, College of Business.  Since 2015, he has been CTO of Advanced Charging Technologies in Orlando, FL.  Dr. Kutkut is a serial entrepreneur and has more than 17 years of technology leadership and management experience developing and commercializing innovative battery management technologies for motive and stationary power battery markets. He has a wide array of business expertise in the areas business start-ups, sales and marketing strategy development, technology and product development, as well as extensive technical expertise in the areas of renewable energy power systems, battery charging and monitoring technologies for motive power applications. He is a holder of 16 issued U.S. and international patents and has published more than 60 papers in leading technical and trade journals.
issa batarseh Mentor

Issa Batarseh
Topic:  Entrepreneurship

Issa Batarseh received the B.S.E.E. degree in electrical and computer engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA, in 1983, 1985, and 1990, respectively. He is currently a Professor of electrical engineering at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA. From 1989 to 1990, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor with Purdue University, Calumet, IN, USA, before joining UCF in 1991. He has published more than 90 refereed journals and 300 conference papers in addition to 31 U.S. patents. He is also an author of a textbook entitled Power Electronics with Springer. His research interests focus on power electronics and high-frequency, smart grid-tied PV energy conversion systems. His team at the Florida Power Electronics Center (www.FPEC.ucf.edu) has been leading the design, development, and commercialization of smart microinverters, and smart EV and industrial chargers. Based on his research work, he has co-founded two start-ups in power electronics: Petra Systems and ApECOR.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS. He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and have been inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He has served as a Chairman for IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference 2007 and was the chair of the IEEE Power Engineering Chapter, the IEEE Orlando Section. Dr. Batarseh is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida.

Silva Hiti Mentor

Silva Hiti
Topic: Career Development: Large and Small Companies

Silva holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Power Electronics from Virginia Tech.  From 1995 to 2014, she was with General Motors, Advanced Technology Center in Torrance California, where she led the development of power conversion embedded control algorithms used in GM’s electric and  hybrid-electric vehicles, and served as a Technical Fellow for GM in the area of motor controls. From 2014-2019, Silva was with Faraday Future, an automotive start-up, in the role of a Senior Director of Powertrain Engineering. At Faraday, she led the development of the drive unit and associated drive unit and powertrain controls and software. Currently, Silva is a Senior Director of Electric Power Conversion at Rivian Automotive, and is responsible for leading the design and development of all aspects of Rivian’s future Electric Power Conversion. She is a co-inventor of 100 US patents.



Victor Veliadis Mentor
Victor Veliadis
Topic: Effective Technical Fundraising and Project Execution 


Dr. Victor Veliadis is Deputy Executive Director and CTO of PowerAmerica, which is a U.S Department of Energy wide bandgap power electronics public-private Manufacturing Institute. Dr. Veliadis manages a budget in excess of $30 million per year that he strategically allocates to over 35 industrial, University, and National-Laboratory projects, to enable US leadership in WBG power electronics manufacturing, work force development, job creation, and energy savings.
Dr. Veliadis has given over 60 invited presentations/keynotes/tutorials, and is an IEEE Fellow and an IEEE EDS Distinguished Lecturer. He has 25 issued US patents, 3 book chapters, and 115 peer-reviewed technical publications to his credit. Dr. Veliadis is also Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received the five-year diploma degree from the National Technical University of Athens Greece in 1990, and the Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1992 and 1995, respectively, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to being named Deputy Executive Director and CTO of Power America in 2016, Dr. Veliadis spent 21 years in the semiconductor industry where his technical work included design, fabrication, and testing of 1-12 kV SiC SITs, JFETs, MOSFETs, Thyristors, and JBS and PiN diodes. Dr. Veliadis has worked for a small (12 employees) company, for Lucent Technologies, and for Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, St. Joseph University, and Ursinus College. Dr. Veliadis has received military training in the Army Infantry, and is a third degree black belt in Shotokan karate. 
Stan Atcitty Mentor

Stan Atcitty

Topic: Working for National Labs

Dr. Stan Atcitty received his BS and MS degree in electrical engineering from the New Mexico State University in 1993 and 1995 respectively. He received his PhD from Virginia Tech University in 2006. He is presently a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the Energy Storage Technology & Systems department. He has worked at Sandia for over 25 years. His interest in research is power electronics necessary for integrating energy storage and distributed generation with the electric utility grid. He leads the power electronics subprogram as part of the DOE Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program. 




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Allen R. Heffner, Jr.
Topic: Working in the Public Sector to Accelerate Technology Advancement

Dr. Allen Hefner (IEEE Fellow 2001) joined the U.S. DOC National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1983 and served as leader of the NIST Semiconductor Device Technology Group, the Power Semiconductor Devices project and the Smart Grid project on Distributed Generation, Storage and Microgrids. Since 2016 he has served as the Technology Manager for the U.S. DOE Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) programs on wide-bandgap power electronics including the PowerAmerica Institute, the Next Generation Electric Machines programs, and the Wide Bandgap Power Electronics Traineeship programs.
Dr. Hefner’s early research has focused on developing the theoretical foundation for understanding the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) operation, circuit integration, and the performance trade-offs for designing IGBTs with fast switching speeds. The Hefner Model is widely used in circuit simulation tools for power electronics application integration of IGBTs and power MOSFETs. He is also known for his leadership role in U.S. Government programs for advancing wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices and applications, and for coordinating Smart Grid standards for advanced applications of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and microgrids. He is the author of 180 publications, two U.S. patents, and has received many best paper and prestigious technical achievement awards for his leadership.
Dushan Boroyevich Mentor

Dushan Boroyevich
Topic: Leadership Development: Academia

Dushan Boroyevich received his Dipl. Ing. degree from the University of Belgrade in 1976 and his M.S. degree from the University of Novi Sad in 1982, in what then used to be Yugoslavia.  He received his Ph.D. degree in 1986 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, USA. From 1986 to 1990, he was an assistant professor and director of the Power and Industrial Electronics Research Program in the Institute for Power and Electronic Engineering at the University of Novi Sad. He then joined the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech as associate professor. He is now University Distinguished Professor and Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation in Energy Systems at Virginia Tech, and Director of the Center for Power Electronics Systems.
Dr. Boroyevich has led numerous research projects in the areas of multi-phase power conversion, electronic power distribution systems, modeling and control, and multi-disciplinary design optimization. He has advised over 40 Ph.D. and 40 M.S. students to graduation and has co-authored with them over 700 papers.
Dushan was the president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) for 2011-12. He is a Fellow of IEEE and recipient of numerous awards, including the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Technical Field Award, the IEEE PELS Harry A. Owen Distinguished Service Award, European Power Electronics Association (EPE) Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Award for Outstanding Achievements and Service to Profession by the European Power Electronics and Motion Control Council. He is an Honorary Professor at the Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China, and received the K.T. Li Chair Professor Award at the National Cheng Kung University, in Tainan, Taiwan. Dushan was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2014 for advancements in control, modeling, and design of electronic power conversion for electric energy and transportation.