Presentations on CPES Future Directions

Fred C. Lee, Chair
Monday, April 10, 2017


1. Building Future Research Capability of Virginia Tech Through Business Engagement

Theresa Mayer
VP for Research and Innovation
Virginia Tech

About Theresa Mayer
Theresa S. Mayer is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Vice President for Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1989 and 1994, where she was a Kodak Fellow. Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2016, she was a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering at Penn State University. While at Penn State, she served for 10 years as both the Site Director of the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NSF-NNIN) and an Interdisciplinary Group Leader in the NSF Materials Research and Science and Center (NSF-MRSEC) Center for Nanoscale Science. Her research interests are in the application of hierarchical top-down nanofabrication and bottom-up directed assembly methods to create advanced nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices with new functionalities. She has published more than 200 refereed articles and proceedings, given over 100 invited/keynote presentations, and holds nine patents. She chaired the IEEE Device Research Conference and the Gordon Research Conference on Nanostructure Fabrication. She is a member of the IEEE IEDM Program and EDS Education Award Committees, and a senior editor of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology.


2. Electronic Power Systems Innovation Initiative

Dushan Boroyevich
CPES Co-Director

About Dushan Boroyevich
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 American Electric Power Professor at the department and co-director of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES). Dushan’s research interests include multi-phase power conversion, electronic power distribution systems, power electronics systems modeling and control, and multi-disciplinary design optimization. He was the president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society for 2011-12. Prof. Boroyevich is a Fellow of IEEE, a recipient of the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Technical Field Award, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.


3. Future of Electrification

Richard Zhang
CTO - HVDC & FACTS
GE Grid Solutions

About Richard Zhang
Dr. Richard Zhang is currently CTO of HVDC & FACTS business in GE Grid Solutions. He has held a number of global business and technical leadership positions in different GE businesses. He was the Platform Site Leader in China and Global Technology Leader with GE Power Conversion responsible for regional business P&L fulfillment, and global NPI in power electronics, rotating machines, and control automation. Prior to that, he was with GE Oil & Gas as the Global Electrification Leader, leading development of high power drives for Oil & Gas applications. From 1998 to 2008, Richard was the lab manager of Electronic Power Conversion Lab at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York and drove numerous critical technologies for GE product, such as wind and solar converters, MRI gradient driver, advanced SiC semiconductor, oil & gas and subsea power converters. Richard won four Best Paper Awards for publications on IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Application. He has published over 44 conference and journal papers, and held over 36 issued and pending patents. He served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and an IEEE PELS Adcom member. He currently serve as the Chairman of Board of Directors for Powerex - an US based power semiconductor and packaging company and a joint venture between GE and Mitsubishi. Richard Zhang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1989 and 1993, respectively and earned his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1998.\


4. Transforming the Way Electricity is Used

Milan Jovanović
Senior Vice President of R&D
Delta Products Corporation

About Milan Jovanović
Milan M. Jovanović received the Dipl. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, the M.Sc. degree from the University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, and the Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Milan was on the faculty at the Institute for Power and Electronics at the University of Novi Sad from 1976 to 1983. From 1983 until 1991, he was with the Virginia Power Electronics Center (VPEC) at Virginia Tech as a graduate student and Research Scientist. Since August 1991 he has been with Delta Products Corporation, the US subsidiary of Delta Electronics, Inc., Taiwan, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of power supplies, where he currently holds position of the Senior Vice President in charge of advanced R&D. Milan is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.