Joachim Holtz

(University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany)

Joachim Holtz (M’87–SM’88–LF’93) received the Diploma in Engineering and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Technical University Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, in 1967 and 1969, respectively., He became an Associate Professor in 1969 and a Full Professor in 1971 with the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India. In 1972, he joined Siemens Research Laboratories, Erlangen, Germany. From 1976 to 1998, he was a Professor with the Machines and Drives Laboratory, Wuppertal University, Wuppertal, Germany, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus and a Consultant. He is a coauthor of seven books and holds 33 patents.Dr. Holtz received 17 Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE IES Dr. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award, IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award, IEEE PELS William E. Newell Award, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, and IEEE Lamme Gold Medal.

Emil Levi

(Professor Emeritus, Liverpool John Moores University, UK)

Emil Levi received his Dipl. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982 from the University of Novi Sad and Masters and PhD degrees in 1986 and 1990, from the University of Belgrade (Yugoslavia). In the period from 1982 until 1992 he worked in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Novi Sad. He joined Liverpool John Moores University in 1992 and is since 2000 Professor of Electric Machines and Drives. Emil is a Fellow of IEEE (Class of 2009) and the recipient of the Cyril Veinott award of the IEEE Power and Energy Society for 2009 and the Best Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics for 2008. In 2014, he received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the European Power Electronics Association. He served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics in the period 2009-2013 and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics since 2019, as Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Energy Conversion and as Editor-in-Chief of the IET Electric Power Applications (since 2010). Emil leads the Electric Machines and Drives Research Group at the Liverpool John Moores University, which is widely regarded as a centre of excellence for research in the areas of multiphase electric machine and power electronic converter modelling and control. The work of the Group is characterised with a high level of international collaboration, and it regularly accommodates academics from leading European Universities for research stays.

Wei-Jen Lee

(Professor, University of Texas, Arlington)

Professor Lee received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. In 1986, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center. He has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, and 3002.8 development. He is the President of the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS), the chair of IEEE TAB Climate Change Program, co-chair of IEEE Sustainable Development Ad Hoc Committee, member of IEEE Ad Hoc Committee to Coordinate IEEE’s Response to Climate Change (CCIRCC), the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project. Prof. Lee has been involved in research on Utility Deregulation, Renewable Energy, Arc Flash Hazards and Electrical Safety, Smart Grid, MicroGrid, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Virtual Power Plants (VPP), AI for Load, Price, and Wind Capacity Forecasting, Power Quality, Distribution Automation, Demand Response, Power Systems Analysis, Short Circuit Analysis and Relay Coordination, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Storage System, PEV Charging Infrastructure Design, AMI and Big Data, On Line Real Time Equipment Diagnostic and Prognostic System, and Microcomputer Based Instrument for Power Systems Monitoring, Measurement, Control, and Protection. He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred funded research projects with the total amount exceed US$12 million dollars. He has published more than two hundred journal papers and three hundred conference proceedings. He has provided on-site training courses for power engineers in Panama, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Singapore. He has refereed numerous technical papers for IEEE, IET, and other professional organizations. Prof. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

Liuchen Chang

(Professor, University of New Brunswick, Canada)

Liuchen Chang received B.S.E.E. from Northern Jiaotong University in 1982, M.Sc. from China Academy of Railway Sciences in 1984, and Ph.D. from Queen’ University in 1991. He joined the University of New Brunswick in 1992 and is a Professor Emeritus at UNB. He was the NSERC Chair in Environmental Design Engineering during 2001-2007, and the Principal Investigator of Canadian Wind Energy Strategic Network (WESNet) during 2008-2014. He is a long-time volunteer for IEEE of 30 years and is the President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (2021-2022). Dr. Chang was a recipient of CanWEA R.J. Templin Award for his contributions in the development of wind energy technologies, Innovation Award for Excellence in Applied Research in New Brunswick for his contributions in smart grid and renewable energy technologies, and PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award for his contributions in distributed energy systems. He is a fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE). He has published more than 400 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Chang has focused on research, development, demonstration and deployment of renewable energy based distributed energy systems and direct load control systems.

Mariusz Malinowski

(Prof. Mariusz Malinowski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)

Mariusz Malinowski (Fellow, IEEE) received the Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Institute of Control and Industrial Electronics, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Warsaw, Poland, in 2001 and 2012, respectively. He was a Visiting Scholar at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark; the University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA; the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany; and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. He is currently with the Institute of Control and Industrial Electronics, WUT. His current research interests include control and modulation of grid-side converters, multilevel converters, smart grids, and power generation systems based on renewable energies. He has co-authored over 130 technical papers and six books. He holds two implemented patents. Prof. Malinowski was the recipient of the Siemens Prize in 2002 and 2007; the WUT President Scientific Prize in 2015; the Polish Minister of Science and the Higher Education Awards in 2003 and 2008; the Prime Minister of Poland Award for Habilitation in 2013; and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) David Irwin Early Career Award in 2011 and Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award in 2015. His industry application received several awards and medals, the Innovation Exhibition in Geneva in 2006 and the Exhibition in Brussels "Eureco" in 2006.

Subhashish Bhattacharya

(NCSU Raleigh, USA)

Subhashish Bhattacharya received his B.E. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, in 1986; his M.E. degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, in 1988; and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2003, all in electrical engineering. He was with the Flexible AC Transmission Systems and Power Quality Division, Westinghouse/SiemensPower Transmission and Distribution from 1998 to 2005. In August 2005, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where he is currently the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a founding faculty member of the National Science Foundation’s FREEDM Systems Center and the U.S. Department of Energy PowerAmerica Institute. A portion of his Ph.D. research on active power filters was commercialized by York Corporation for air conditioner chillers. His research interests include solid-state transformers, medium-voltage power converters, FACTS, utility applications, high-frequency magnetics, and power-conversion applications of silicon-carbide devices. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Praveen Jain

(Queen’s University Kingston, Canada)

Dr. Praveen Jain is Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics and Director of the Queen's University Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER). Dr. Jain holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). He is the recipient of the 2011 William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics from IEEE, of the Engineering Medal (R&D;) from the Professional Engineers of Ontario and of the Queen's Prize for Research Excellence. His research contributions have resulted in over 550 publications and 114 patents (issued and pending). He has received over $33M in external research funding. Dr. Jain has demonstrated experience in successfully transferring technology from university to industry and concept to product. His industrial experience has included work as a power electronics engineer for Canadian Aeronautics where he contributed to the design and development of high frequency power conversion equipment for the International Space Station, as an advisor for Nortel Networks, and as a consultant with Astec Advanced Power Systems, providing guidance for the research and development of advanced power technologies for telecommunications. He has also consulted with many organizations including Ballard Power, General Electric and Intel. In addition, he established two new companies, CHiL Semiconductor and SPARQ Systems, from research innovation at Queen’s University.

Hamid A. Toliyat

(A&M; University, TX, USA)

Prof. Toliyat received the B.S, degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1982, the M.S. degree from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI in 1991, all in electrical engineering. Following receipt of the Ph.D. degree, he joined the faculty of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. In March 1994 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University where he is currently Raytheon endowed professor of electrical engineering. Dr. Toliyat has received the prestigious Nikola Tesla Field Award for “outstanding contributions to the design, analysis and control of fault-tolerant multiphase electric machines” from IEEE in 2014, the Cyril Veinott Award in Electromechanical Energy Conversion from the IEEE Power Engineering Society in 2004, Patent and Innovation Award from Texas A&M University System Office of Technology Commercialization’s in 2022, 2020, 2018, 2016 and 2007, TEES Faculty Fellow Award in 2006, Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003, E.D. Brockett Professorship Award in 2002, Eugene Webb Faculty Fellow Award in 2000, and Texas A&M Select Young Investigator Award in 1999. He has also received the Space Act Award from NASA in 1999, and the Schlumberger Foundation Technical Awards in 2001 and 2000. Prof. Toliyat work is highly cited by his colleagues more than 27500 times and has an H-index of 81. Dr. Toliyat was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion. He was Chair of the IEEE-IAS Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department of IEEE-IAS, and is a member of Sigma Xi. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the recipient of the 2008 Industrial Electronics Society Electric Machines Committee Second Best Paper Award as well as the recipient of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Prize Paper Awards in 1996 and 2006, and IEEE Industry Applications Society Transactions Third Prize Paper Award and Second Prize Paper Award in 2006 and 2016, respectively. His main research interests and experience include analysis and design of electrical machines, variable speed drives for traction and propulsion applications, fault diagnosis of electric machinery, and magnetic gear integrated electric machines. Prof. Toliyat has supervised more than 120 graduate students, post docs, and research engineers. He has published over 530 technical papers, presented more than 99 invited lectures all over the world, and has 41 issued and pending US patents. He is the author of 11 books and book chapters including DSP-Based Electromechanical Motion Control, CRC Press, 2003, the co-editor of Handbook of Electric Motors - 2nd Edition, Marcel Dekker, 2004, and the co-author of Electric Machines – Modeling, Condition Monitoring, and Fault Diagnosis, CRC Press, Florida, 2013. He was the General Chair of the 2005 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Toliyat is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

Prasad Enjeti

(Texas A&M, University College Station, USA)

Dr. Prasad Enjeti’s primary research interests are: Advance power electronic converters for utility interface of solar-pv/wind/fuel-cell/battery-energy storage power systems; design of high temperature power conversion systems with wide band-gap semiconductor devices; new converter topologies for single/three phase solid state transformers (SSTs) with medium frequency isolation; medium voltage power converters for mega-watt scale solar-pv/wind/fuel-cell energy systems, adjustable speed drives with medium frequency transformer isolation; development of smart solar pv-systems for curved surfaces / BIPVs; power quality enhancement for interconnected renewables; power quality issues: design & development of active power filters; dynamic voltage restorer’s (DVRs) and new & improved ride-through technologies employing flywheel and supercapacitors; advancing switching power supply designs for portable power systems and modular fuel-cell systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE (year 2000) for "Contributions to solutions of utility interface problems in power electronic systems and harmonic mitigation”. He is the inaugural recipient of the R. David Middlebrook Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society, 2012. In addition to his regular graduate and undergraduate teaching load, he along with his students and colleagues has taught 25 different technical short courses, has published well over 100 conference papers, 86 journal papers, and seven book chapters. His research emphasis on industry-based issues has attracted significant funding. So far, 26 PhD and 41 MS students have graduated under his supervision and have spring-boarded into key leadership positions. He is the lead developer of the Power Electronics / Power Quality & Fuel Cell Power Conditioning Laboratories at Texas A&M; University and is actively involved in many projects with industries while engaged in teaching, research and consulting in the area of power electronics.

Brij N. Singh

(Manager External Relationships, John Deere Tech Stack, Production Systems, Product Lifecycle Systems, Construction & Road Building)

Dr. Brij N. Singh has earned BE from Madan Mohan Malviya Technical University, Gorakhpur, ME from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, all in Electrical Engineering. In 1996, Dr. Singh joined the École de Technology Supérieure, Montreal, Canada, as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. In 1999, he joined Concordia University, Montreal as a Research Fellow. In 2000, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, as an Assistant Professor. In 2007, Dr. Singh has joined John Deere as a Staff Engineer to lead and support silicon IGBT inverter development projects for the JD 644K and JD 944K Hybrid Loaders. In 2011, he joined Advanced Technology as a Senior Staff Engineer to lead John Deere’s WBG power electronics projects. In 2020, Dr. Singh was named as the Region 4 Manager External Relationships with responsibilities to develop emerging technologies to support technology needs for the John Deere Tech Stack, Production Systems, Product Lifecycle Systems, Construction & Road Building. Dr. Singh has published over 90 research articles including papers in the IEEE Transactions and IET Journals. He has 28 approved US patents, one trade secret, and over a dozen pending patents. In Tulane, Dr. Singh received four IEEE-Eta-Kappa-Nu teaching awards for outstanding instructions in electrical engineering. In John Deere, he has received three innovation and one collaboration awards for product and technology development projects. Dr. Singh is the winner of the 2020 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award for “In-Vehicle Demonstration of Engine-Cooled Power-Dense Scalable SiC Inverter”. In 2020, Dr. Singh was awarded the “Title of John Deere Fellow” for exemplary knowledge leadership and significant contributions to the power electronics engineering. He is an IEEE Fellow and life member of IEEE Industrial Electronics and Power Electronics Societies and lives with his family in West Fargo, ND, USA.