Guest Speakers

Prof. Deepakraj M Divan

Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar, and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids, and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures. He also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates.

Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, member of the National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$160M in venture funding. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Prof. Igor Pioro

Professor Igor Pioro – Ph.D. (1983); Doctor of Technical Sciences (1992); Professional Engineer (Ontario, Canada) (2008); Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2012), Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME) (2015), and Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) (2013); member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) (2004) and Canadian NS (CNS) (2010);

Dr. Pioro is a Founding Editor – Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science. He was a Chair of the Executive Committee of the Nuclear Engineering Division (NED) of the ASME (2011-2012) and a Chair of the International Conference On Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-20) (2011-2012).

Professor Pioro has received many international and national awards and certificates of appreciation including Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award from CNS (2017), Medal 60th Anniversary of NED (Nuclear Engineering Division of ASME) (2016); Service Recognition Award from the ASME (2014); Honorary Doctor’s Degree from National Technical University of Ukraine “Kiev Polytechnic Institute” (2013); The CNS Education and Communication Award (2011); UOIT Research Excellence Award (2011); ICONE Award from ASME (2009); etc.

Prof. Hirofumi Akagi

He was born in Okayama-City, Japan, in 1951. He received the B.S. degree from Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1974, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1976 and 1979, respectively, all in electrical engineering. In 1979, he joined Nagaoka University of Technology as an Assistant Professor in the department of electrical engineering, and he later became an Associate Professor.

He was a Visiting Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for ten months in 1987. From 1991 to 1999, he was a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Okayama University. From March to August 1996, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin and then MIT. Since 2000, he has been a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

His research interests include ac motor drives, high frequency resonant inverters for induction heating and corona discharge treatment, and utility applications of power electronics, such as active filters, static var compensators and FACTS devices.

Awards: IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award (2004) IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award (2001) IEEE Industry Applications and Power Electronics Societies' Distinguished Lecture (1998) IEEE Fellow (1996) IEEE Transactions Prize Paper Awards (2004, 2003, 1999, 1991) IEEE Conference Prize Paper Awards (2004, 2003, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1983, 1980)

Prof. Hirofumi Akagi

James C. Lin is a Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE and URSI, and a Life Fellow of IEEE. He held a NSC Research Chair from 1993 to 1997 and served as an IEEE-EMBS distinguished lecturer. He is a recipient of the d’Arsonval Medal from the Bioelectromagnetics Society, IEEE EMC Transactions Prize Paper Award, IEEE COMAR Recognition Award, and CAPAMA Outstanding Leadership and Service Awards. He was a member of U.S. President’s Committee for National Medal of Science (1992 and 1993). Professor Lin has served in leadership positions of several scientific and professional organizations including President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Chairman of the International Scientific Radio Union (URSI) Commission on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine, Co-Chair of URSI Inter-Commission Working Group on Solar Power Satellite, Chairman of the IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation, Vice President US National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), and member of International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). He has authored or edited 14 books, authored 380+ book chapters and articles in journals and magazines, and made 290+ conference presentations. He has chaired several international conferences including IEEE, BEMS and ICST (founding chairman of Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare - MobiHealth). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Bioelectromagnetics journal and has served as guest editor and member of the editorial boards of several journals. Dr. Lin received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. He currently is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he has served as Head of the Bioengineering Department, Director of the Robotics and Automation Laboratory, and Director of Special Projects in Engineering.

Prof. Pavol Bauer

Pavol Bauer is currently a full Professor with the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy 0f Delft University of Technology and head of DC Systems, Energy Conversion and Storage group. He is also honorary professor at Politehnica University Timisioira in Romania. From 2002 to 2003 he was working partially at KEMA (DNV GL, Arnhem) on different projects related to power electronics applications in power systems. He published over 110 journal and over 400 conference papers in his field (with H factor Google scholar 38, Web of Science 25), he is an author or co-author of 8 books, holds 5 international patents and organized several tutorials at the international conferences. He has worked on many projects for industry concerning wind and wave energy, power electronic applications for power systems such as Smarttrafo; HVDC systems, projects for smart cities such as PV charging of electric vehicles, PV and storage integration, contactless charging; and he participated in several Leonardo da Vinci, H2020 and Electric Mobility Europe EU projects as project partner (ELINA, INETELE, E-Pragmatic, Micact, Trolly 2.0, OSCD) and coordinator (, SustEner, Eranet DCMICRO). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (’97), former chairman of Benelux IEEE Joint Industry Applications Society, Power Electronics and Power Engineering Society chapter, chairman of the Power Electronics and Motion Control (PEMC) council, member of the Executive Committee of European Power Electronics Association (EPE) and also member of international steering committee at numerous conferences.