2019  CPES Annual


April 14-17

Welcome to the 2019 CPES Annual Conference

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2019 CPES Annual Power Electronics Conference at Virginia Tech, sponsored by the CPES Industry Consortium! On behalf of our faculty, students, and staff, we wish to express our gratitude for your continued support as we create the future electrical power processing and distribution systems. We look forward to introducing you to all we've accomplished over the past year.

The purpose of the CPES Conference is to provide a comprehensive annual overview of our research milestones. We will begin this year's program on Sunday with two tutorial sessions offered by CPES faculty and alumni, followed by our Industry-Student Forum, which will provide industry members an opportunity to showcase their products and interact with conference-goers and CPES researchers.

The Conference will officially kick off on Monday morning with a Welcome Address from Dr. Julia Ross, Dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Ross' address will be succeeded by three invited presentations from innovative leaders in the field, after which we will have three oral presentations from CPES researchers on their work during our first Technical Session. On Monday afternoon,we will transfer to our labs so our researchers can showcase their accomplishments in context during our Lab Dialogue Sessions. The Lab Dialogue Sessions offer conference participants the opportunity to review and discuss any topics of interest at their own pace. The day will end with a Conference Banquet open to all participants.

On day three, our researchers will continue oral presentations over four additional Technical Sessions. We will conclude with our annual Awards Reception and Dinner, recognizing the best student presentations this year. We encourage all of our attendees to vote and support your future colleagues!

Thank you again for your presence and participation. We look forward to seeing you!


Our full conference agenda may be viewed below. Click on a date expand its events. You can also download a print version of the agenda, or add it to your Google or Outlook calendar. Scroll down for information on how to download our conference app!

Preliminary Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Apr 14

Monday, April 15, 2019

Apr 15

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Apr 16

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Apr 17

Lodging & Transportation

For the convenience of our attendees, we have booked block reservations at the conference venue (the Inn at Virginia Tech), as well as other Blacksburg hotels close to the conference. Click here for a search of additional local hotels during the dates of the conference.

The closest airport is Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA), approximately 50 miles away. From Roanoke Regional Airport to the Inn at Virginia Tech:

  • From Roanoke Regional Airport, take I-581 N to I-81 S towards Blacksburg.
  • Take Exit 118B (Blacksburg/Virginia Tech).
    Note: Exit 118 serves all three ramps, 118A, 118B, and 118C.
  • Follow the 460 Bypass West towards Virginia Tech.
  • Take the exit Prices Fork/Downtown.
  • Turn right at the next light into the Inn at Virginia Tech.

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8000

Lodging Options

The Inn at Virginia Tech

Lodging Rate:

$144 plus tax

Block deadline:

March 19, 2019

(540) 231-8000

Residence Inn

Lodging Rate:

$129 plus tax

Block deadline:

March 17, 2019

(540) 750-4400

Holiday Inn Express

Lodging Rate:

$159 plus tax - April 13, $109 plus tax - April 14-16

Block deadline:

March 15, 2019

(540) 552-5636

Hilton Garden Inn

Lodging Rate:

$279 plus tax - April 13, $98 plus tax - April 14-16

Block deadline:

March 18, 2019

(540) 552-5005

Hyatt Place

Lodging Rate:

$119 plus tax

Block deadline:

March 17, 2019

(540) 552-7500

Book group rate

Transportation Options

Car rentals

Numerous car rentals are available at Roanoke Regional Airport.

Smart Way Bus

Commuter bus service linking the Roanoke Valley to the New River Valley. Fare is $4.00 each way and exact change is required. Does not stop at hotels. The closest stop to the Conference venue will be Squire Student Center, with possible pick-up arranged directly with your chosen lodging.


(540) 982-6622

Roanoke Airport Transportation Service

Offers daily shuttles between Blacksburg and Roanoke Regional Airport, including limousine options. All trips depart from the Inn at Virginia Tech, Prices Fork Holiday Inn, and the Roanoke Regional Airport. Special shuttle services are provided upon request.


(540) 345-7710


Contact Dennis Grove
Industry Liaison
dgrove@vt.edu / (540) 231-4527

We look forward to seeing you!


Requests for refunds will be honored when received fourteen calendar days prior to the program. However, another person may be substituted at any time for this program. A $60.00 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellations.