IEEE PELS Mentoring Round Tables: APEC 2019
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Avenue
Anaheim CA 92802
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.
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Topic: Leadership Development Academia/Industry
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.
Topic: Career Development: Academia or Industry
Topic: How to write a Prize Paper
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 (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 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 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.
Topic: Working for National Labs
Allen R. Heffner, Jr.
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.
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.