2018  CPES Annual


April 8-10

Welcome to the 2018 CPES Annual Conference

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 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's 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. Luke Lester, Head of Virginia Tech's Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Lester's 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.

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!

Quick Session Links

I. Characterization, Integration, and Application of WBG Devices
II. Control, Modeling, and Optimization of Power Converters
III. Driving, Protection, and Utilization of WBG Devices
IV. Design and Control of High-Power Converters
V. Passive Components and EMI Mitigation

Our full agenda can be viewed by scrolling down.


The full CPES Conference agenda, as well as maps, documents, and networking features will also be available on the CPES Conference app. Be sure to check back here to see when the app is available for download.

Agenda at a Glance (Preliminary)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Apr 8

Monday, April 9, 2018

Apr 9

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Apr 10

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Apr 11

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

URGENT: Lodging block deadlines are approaching. Book now!

The Inn at Virginia Tech

Lodging Rate:

$139 plus tax

Block deadline:

March 23, 2018

(540) 231-8000

Residence Inn

Lodging Rate:

$119 plus tax

Block deadline:

March 15, 2018

(540) 750-4400

During the extended booking period, please call the hotel directly and mention "CPES Conference".

Holiday Inn Express

Lodging Rate:

$109 plus tax

Block deadline:

March 15, 2018

(540) 552-5636

Hilton Garden Inn

Lodging Rate:

$101 plus tax

Block deadline:

March 15, 2018

(540) 552-5005

Hyatt Place

Lodging Rate:

$119 plus tax

Block deadline:

March 15, 2018

(540) 552-7500

During the extended booking period, please call the hotel directly and mention "CPES Conference".

Transportation Options

Car rentals

Numerous car rentals are available at Roanoke Regional Airport. To perform a search for the dates of the conference, click here.

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 Teresa Shaw
Industry Liaison
tshaw@vt.edu / (540) 231-4527

We look forward to seeing you!