Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award

The Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of power electronics by an engineer less than 35 years of age.  Since 1999, it is dedicated to the memory of Richard M. Bass of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2022 Recipient

Daniel Costinett
Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“I am honored to be selected as the recipient of the 2022 Richard M Bass Award.  It is humbling to be counted among the prestigious list of past recipients and profoundly significant to be associated with the enduring legacy of its namesake.  

I am acutely aware that this recognition is not solely a reflection of my individual achievements, but rather a testament to the collective efforts of countless mentors, students, colleagues, and collaborators who have guided and inspired me along the way. I would not be where I am today without the invaluable guidance of my advisors, tremendous efforts of all of my past and present students, and the support and collaboration of my colleagues and friends in the PELS community.

I am grateful to the awards committee and to PELS for this selection.  Further, I am thankful for the range of support and opportunities that those in the PELS community have given me throughout my career.  Discussion and collaboration with students, faculty, and industry in this community, in particular here at COMPEL each year, have been a great pleasure and continual inspiration throughout my career.  

Finally, I am indebted to my wife, Jamie, and son, Henry, whose love and support are the cornerstone of my success.”


Daniel Costinett (Senior Member, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. He was an instructor at Utah State University in 2013.  Since 2013, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), where he is currently an Associate Professor.  Dr. Costinett is Co-Director of Education and Diversity for the National Science Foundation/Department of Energy Engineering Research Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT). He has coauthored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications.  His research interests include resonant and soft switching power converter design, high efficiency wired and wireless power supplies, on-chip power conversion, medical devices, and electric vehicles.

Dr. Costinett was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2017, the 2016 and 2020 IEEE PELS Transactions Second Place Prize Paper Award, and the 2015 IEEE IAS William M. Portnoy Award. He received the 2023 Gonzalez Family Award for Excellence in Research, 2022 Moses E. and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor Award, 2015 ECE Faculty of the Year Award, and 2020 Chancellor’s Award for Professional Promise in Research from UTK.  He currently serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics.