Keynote Speakers

David Perreault

Ford Professor of Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Perreault received the B.S. degree from Boston University and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Electrical Engineering. He is presently the Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT. His research interests include design, manufacturing, and control techniques for power electronic systems and components, and in their use in a wide range of applications. Dr. Perreault is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and is the recipient of awards for his work in power electronics including the IEEE PELS R. David Middlebrook Achievement Award and the IEEE William E. Newell Award. He is co-author of sixteen IEEE prize papers in the area, and of the second edition of the textbook “Principles of Power Electronics,” (Cambridge University Press, 2023). Dr. Perreault also co-founded startup companies Eta Devices (acquired by Nokia in 2016) and Eta Wireless (acquired by Murata in 2021).

Johann W. Kolar

Full Professor and Head of Power Electronic Systems Laboratory,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich

Johann W. Kolar is a Fellow of the IEEE, an International Member of the US NAE and a Full Professor and Head of the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He has proposed numerous novel converter concepts incl. the Vienna Rectifier, has spearheaded the development of x-million rpm motors, and has pioneered fully automated multi-objective power electronics design procedures. He has supervised over 90 Ph.D. students to completion, has published 1000+ IEEE journal and conference papers, 4 book chapters, and has filed 200+ patents in the course of international industry research collaborations incl. 190 granted patents (44 international/WO patents, 28 US patents, 100+ patents in various European countries). He has served as IEEE PELS Distinguished Lecturer from 2012 - 2016. He has received numerous awards incl. 45 IEEE transactions and conference Prize Paper Awards, the 2016 IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award, and 2 ETH Zurich Golden Owl Awards for excellence in teaching. The focus of his current research is on ultra-compact/efficient WBG converter systems, ANN-supported multi-objective design procedures, Solid-State Transformers, ultra-high speed drives, bearingless actuators, and life cycle analyses of power electronics converter systems.