Tutorial Speakers

Vitalik Ablaev   Vitalik Ablaev
Engineer, Plexim Inc.
Mr. Ablaev graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. He joined Plexim Inc. in 2015 after working at Sonos and Cisco Systems. His role includes developing application notes, online training modules as well as workshop presentations for PLECS and the RT Box, Plexim's power electronics software and hardware-in-the-loop simulation tools. Mr. Ablaev also conducts customer visits, delivers technical product overviews, and develops custom demo models.

Deepak Divan   Deepak Divan
Professor, John E Pippin Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar, and Director, GT Center for Distributed Energy, Georgia Institute of Technology
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.

Dr. Divan 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 (BEES), 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 MS and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Jinjun Liu   Jinjun Liu
Distinguished Professor of Power Electronics, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Jinjun Liu received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China in 1992 and 1997 respectively. He then joined the XJTU Electrical Engineering School as a faculty.  From late 1999 until early 2002, he was with the Center for Power Electronics Systems at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA, as a visiting Scholar.  In late 2002 he was promoted to a Full Professor and then the head of the Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Center at XJTU, which now comprises 16 faculty members and around 100 graduate students and carries one of the leading power electronics programs in China.  He served as an Associate Dean of Electrical Engineering School at XJTU from 2005 to early 2010, and the Dean for Undergraduate Education of XJTU from 2009 to early 2015.  He currently holds the position of XJTU Distinguished Professor of Power Electronics, sponsored by Chang Jiang Scholars Program of Chinese Ministry of Education. 

Dr. Liu coauthored 3 books, published over 300 technical papers, and holds 39 invention patents.  He received for 7 times governmental awards at national level or provincial/ministerial level for scientific research achievements or academic/teaching career achievements.  He also received the 2006 Delta Scholar Award, the 2014 Outstanding Sci-Tech Worker of the Nation Award, and the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics 2016 Prize Paper Award. 

Dr. Liu has served as the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) Region 10 Liaison and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics since 2006, and starting from 2015 the Vice President for membership of IEEE PELS.  He is on Board of China Electrotechnical Society (CES) and was elected to a Vice President of the CES Power Electronics Society in 2013.  He has been the Vice President for International Affairs´╝îChina Power Supply Society (CPSS) since 2013 and the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of CPSS Transactions on Power Electronics and Applications since 2016.  He has served as a Vice Chair of the Chinese National Steering Committee for College Electric Power Engineering Programs since 2013.    

Martin Ordonez   Martin Ordonex
Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems and Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia
Mr. Ablaev is also the holder of the Fred Kaiser Professorship on Power Conversion and Sustainability at UBC. He was an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. His industrial experience in power conversion includes research and development at Xantrex Technology Inc./Elgar Electronics Corp. (now AMETEK Programmable Power), where he developed high-density power converters and advanced controllers.

He is the principal investigator of several power conversion grants and has developed partnerships with various companies in the sector. With the support of industrial funds and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), he contributed more than 140 publications and R&D reports in the power area. Dr. Ordonez is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, a Guest Editor for IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN POWER ELECTRONICS, an Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, serves on several IEEE committees, and reviews widely for IEEE/IET journals and international conferences. He was awarded the David Dunsiger Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (2009) and the Chancellors Graduate Award/Birks Graduate Medal (2006), and became a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University.

Francisco Paz   Francisco Paz
Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia
Francisco Paz is a Ph.D. Candidate and Liu Scholar at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He serves as vice-chair of the Vancouver IEEE Power Electronics Chapter since 2016 and served as the Local Organizing Chair for the IEEE PEDG 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Paz has been recognized with several scholarships and awards, including the prestigious Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, the ICICS Graduate Scholarship (2014), the UBC Faculty of Applied Science Graduate Award (2014 to 2016), and the Four Year Fellowship for Ph.D. students (2014 to 2018) from UBC. He also received a Best Conference Paper awarded by PELS Technical Committee 5 (TC5) at PEDG. Other recognitions include the TICs scholarship from the Argentinian Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (2008). Mr. Paz has served as lecturer for three courses on renewable energy sources, under the Vancouver Summer Program (2016 and 2017), and delivered a tutorial at the IEEE SPEC 2017 in Chile.  

Humberto Pinheiro   Humberto Pinheiro
Professor, Federal University of Santa Maria
Prof. Humberto Pinheiro received the B.S. degree from the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Santa Maria, Brazil, in 1983, the M.Eng. degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1999. From 1987 to 1999, he was a Research Engineer with a Brazilian UPS company and a Professor with the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he lectured on power electronics. Since 1991, he has been with UFSM. His research interests include the modulation and control of static converters and drives, and power converters for wind energy conversion systems. Dr. Pinheiro is a member of the IEEE Power Electronics and IEEE Industrial Electronics Societies. 

Alex Ruderman   Alex Ruderman
Associate Professor, Nazarbayev University School of Engineering
Alex Ruderman obtained his MSc (with Honors) and PhD from Leningrad Electrical Engineering and Polytechnic Institutes in 1980 and 1987 respectively (both Leningrad, USSR).

In 1995-2003, he worked as a research scientist for Intel Microprocessor Development Center, Haifa, Israel. After teaching several electronics related courses at Bar Ilan University and Holon Institute of Technology in 2004-2005, Alex joined Elmo Motion Control, Petach Tikva, Israel, the makers of compact intelligent servo drives, as Chief Scientist (Elmo drives are allegedly used by NASA in Mars Curiosity mission).

Since 2013, Alex is an Associate Professor at Nazarbayev University School of Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department. Over the past years, he has been extensively involved in research on multilevel converters voltage / current quality and natural balancing mechanisms and co-authored about 40 conference and journal papers on the subjects. Alex is IEEE Senior Member. He serves as a Technical Program / Scientific Committee member for several international Power Electronics Conferences and an Associate Editor for the IET Power Electronics Journal.

Szilard Liptak   Szilard Liptak
Research Engineer, Center for Distributed Energy, Georgia Tech
Szilard Liptak is a research engineer at the Center for Distributed Energy at Georgia Tech. He comes with a unique three years of work experience in seven countries on three continents, including working for NGO's in Malawi and Haiti, and an off-grid solar start-up in Kenya. He is an energy access specialist with very good understanding of both mechanical, and electrical aspects of product design. His primary research interests are off-grid solar systems, their interoperability and control, distributed smart sensor networks, and other technology solutions for developing markets. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a M.S. in electrical and computer engineering.

Yi Tang   Yi Tang
Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Yi Tang (S'10-M'14) received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, in 2007 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in power engineering from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Senior Application Engineer with Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific, Singapore. From 2013 to 2015, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. Since March 2015, he has been with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as an Assistant Professor. He is the Cluster Director of the advanced power electronics research program at the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N). Dr. Tang received the Infineon Top Inventor Award in 2012, the Early Career Teaching Excellence Award in 2017, and four IEEE Prize Paper Awards. He serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (JESTPE).

Yongheng Yang   Yongheng Yang
Associate Professor, Aalborg University
Yongheng Yang (S'11-M'15-SM'17) received the B.Eng. degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, in 2009 and the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2014. He was a postgraduate student with Southeast University, China, from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at Texas A&M University, TX, USA. Since 2014, he has been with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, where currently he is an Associate Professor. His research includes grid integration of renewable energies, power electronic converter design, analysis and control, and reliability in power electronics. Dr. Yang served as a Guest Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and a Guest Editor of Applied Sciences. He is an Associate Editor of CPSS Transactions on Power Electronics and Applications.