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Keynotes

Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara

Distinguished Professor of Engineering, University of Houston

Topic:
Convergence of Enabling Technologies for Smart Grid

Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara received his BE, ME, and PhD from Indian Institute of Science. He joined Delphi division of General Motors Corporation in Indianapolis, IN, USA as a staff project engineer in 1989. In Delphi and General Motors, he held various lead technical and managerial positions, and was a Technical Fellow and the Chief Scientist for developing electric machines, controllers, and power electronics systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle systems. In 2006, he joined Rolls-Royce Corporation as a Chief Technologist for More Electric Architectures and power conversion/control technologies for Electric, More Electric, and Hybrid Electric Aircrafts. In August 2012, he joined as a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Since September 2016, he is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering in University of Houston.

Prof. Rajashekara was elected as a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2012 and as Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors in 20215. He is also a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is a recipient of 2021 IEEE Medal on Environmental and Safety Technologies, and 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Science. He is a Fellow of IEEE (1999) and a Fellow of SAE International (2006) for contributions to the advancement of power conversion and propulsion systems. He has published more than 250 papers in international journals and conferences, has 35 U.S. and 15 foreign patents; and has written one book, and contributed individual chapters to 8 books. His research interests are in the area of power/energy conversion, Transportation Electrification, Renewable Energy, and Subsea Electrification


Dr. Brad Lehman

Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Topic:
The Future Influence of Artificial Intelligence on Power Electronics, Renewable Energy

Professor Brad Lehman is presently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and previously was a Hearin Hess Distinguished Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University. Dr. Lehman was Editor-in- Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2013-2018 and previously has been the recipient of the 2015 IEEE (PELS) Power Electronics Society Modeling and Control Technical Achievement Award, a 2016 IEEE Standards Medallion, the 2018 IEEE Award for Achievement in Power Electronics Standards, and the 2019 IEEE PELS Harry A. Owen, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

He has been listed in the inaugural edition of the book The 300 Best Professors, Princeton Review, 2012. Dr. Lehman performs research in power electronics and controls, with applications to solar energy, LED lighting, battery energy management systems, and reliability. Before becoming a professor, Brad was the head swimming and diving coach at Georgia Institute of Technology.