PELS Mentorship Roundtable at ECCE-NA 2019

Event: PELS Mentorship Roundtable at ECCE-NA 2019

Date and Time: Tuesday, 1 October at 4:45pm-6:30pm

Location: Room 327


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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 and 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. ​


Mentor Biographies:

Alan Mantooth- How PELS can advance your career

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.

Yaow-Ming Chen- 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.

Alireza Khaligh- How to Write an Award Winning Proposal

Alireza Khaligh is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) in the University of Maryland at College Park (UMD). Dr. Khaligh is also an Expert at the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) program at the National Science Foundation. His major research interests include modeling, analysis, design, and control of power electronic converters for transportation electrification, renewable energies, energy harvesting, and micro-robotics. He is an author/coauthor of over 180 journal and conference papers. Dr. Khaligh is the Area Editor for “Vehicular Electronics and Systems Area” of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT). Dr. Khaligh is the recipient of various awards and recognitions including 2017 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Illinois Institute of Technology, the 2016 E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award from Clark School of Engineering at UMD, the 2016 Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award from Clark School of Engineering at UMD, the 2015 Junior Faculty Fellowship from the Institute for Systems Research at UMD, 2013 George Corcoran Memorial Award from the ECE Department at UMD, three Best Vehicular Electronics Awards from IEEE Vehicular Electronics Society (VTS), and 2010 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Khaligh was the General Chair of the 2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Expo (APEC), Long Beach, CA, the General Chair of the 2013 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Dearborn, MI, and the Program Chair of the 2011 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), Chicago, IL.

Burak Ozpineci- 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.

Stan Atcitty- 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.

Issa Batarseh- 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 ( 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.

Brian Zahnstecher- Entrepreneurship

Brian Zahnstecher is a Sr. Member of the IEEE, Chair (Emeritus) of the IEEE SFBAC Power Electronics Society (PELS) awarded 2017 Best Chapter awards at the local/national/worldwide levels concurrently (an unprecedented achievement), sits on the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Board of Directors, is Co-founder & Co-chair of the PSMA Reliability Committee, Co-chair of the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee, and is the Principal of PowerRox, where he focuses on power design, integration, system applications, OEM market penetration, market research/analysis, and private seminars for power electronics.  He Co-chairs the IEEE Future Directions (formerly 5G) Initiative webinar series and leads Power for the IEEE 5G Roadmap Applications & Services Working Group, authored the Group’s position paper, and has lectured on this topic at major industry conferences.  He has successfully handled assignments in system design/architecting, AC/DC front-end power, EMC/EMI design/debug, embedded solutions, processor power, and digital power solutions for a variety of clients.  He previously held positions in power electronics with industry leaders Emerson Network Power (now Artesyn), Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard, where he advised on best practices, oversaw product development, managed international teams, created/enhanced optimal workflows and test procedures, and designed and optimized voltage regulators.  He has been a regular contributor to the industry as an invited keynote speaker, author, workshop participant, session host, roundtable moderator, and volunteer.  He has over 15 years of industry experience and holds Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Kaushik Rajashekara- Career Development: Industry or Academia

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, the IEEE PELS Vehicle and Transportation Systems Achievement Award, etc.

Prasad Enjeti- Career Development: Academia

Prasad N. Enjeti (M'85‐SM'88‐F'00) received his B.E. degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1980, the M.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1982, and Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 1988, all in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of Texas A&M University faculty since 1988 and is widely acknowledged to be a distinguished teacher, scholar and researcher. Up until now, he has graduated 31 PhD students and 14 of them hold academic positions in leading Universities in the world. He along with his students has received numerous best paper awards from the IEEE Industry Applications and Power Electronics Society. His primary research interests are in advancing power electronic converter designs to address complex power management issues such as: active harmonic filtering, adjustable speed motor drives, power conditioning systems for fuel cells, wind and solar energy systems. He has won numerous awards, including the R. David Middlebrook Technical Achievement Award, for which he was the inaugural recipient. He is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M, College Station.

Ira J. Pitel- Career Development: Large and Small Companies

Ira J. Pitel received the B.S. degree from Rutgers -- The State University of New Jersey, the M.S. degree from Bucknell University, and the Ph.D. Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1972, 1975, and 1978, respectively. From 1973 to 1981, he worked for GTE Sylvania, Bell Laboratories, and Exxon Enterprises as a research engineer specializing in high-frequency ballasting techniques for gaseous discharge lighting, power distribution, and ac drives. In 1981, he founded Magna-Power Electronics, a company specializing in custom and standard power conditioning products.  He is responsible for technology oversight and manufacturing of its line of 1.5-3,000+ kW ac to dc power supplies and electronic loads. In 1986, he joined Texas A&M University as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Pitel holds 29 patents in the field of power electronics and is co-recipient of the 1995 Society Prize Paper Award of the Industry Applications Society.  He was honored as the Rutgers Outstanding Engineering Alumnus in 2000 and with the Gerald Kliman Innovator Award in 2008.  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and has served in many IEEE capacities including Society President of the Industry Applications Society.  He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.

William A. Peterson- Career Development: Large and Small Companies

William is CTO of D&V Electronics USA. William has 49 years of experience in power, EV and HEV development. William began his career in power electronics at AT&T Bell Laboratories. In 1983 he joined General Electric Aerospace. During his 16 years at GE turned Lockheed Martin, William was responsible for all power supply development for their military and commercial aerospace flight and engine controls. In 1990 William spearheaded GE Aerospace’s push into non-aerospace business by developing power electronics and motor drive inverters for electric vehicle and railroad applications. In 1989 William founded Electronic Power Conversion as a sideline business. In 1999 he left Lockheed Martin to pursue Electronic Power Conversion full time. In September of 2000 he merged Electronic Power Conversion with Mechanical Power Conversion to form E&M Power. E&M Power was subsequently acquired by D&V Electronics in 2018. In 1993 William developed a graduate course in power supply design for Binghamton University where he was an adjunct professor. He has been a PELS member at large and chair of the PELS Industry Advisory Board. He is has been chair of the IAS Industrial Power Conversion Committee, and of the Industrial Lighting and Displays Committee. For the Applied Power Electronics Conference, he has been Awards and Grants Chair, Industry Session Chair, Publicity chair and Seminar co-chair. William is the recipient of the 2010 Gerald Kliman Innovator Award. William has 34 patents issued to him. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and he has published 19 papers in IEEE journals and conferences.