ePOWER

ePower Queen's Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research
ePower Queen's Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research

Faculty

Dr. Praveen JainDr. Praveen Jain​
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Director, ePOWER

Dr. Praveen Jain is Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics and Director of the Queen's University Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER). Dr. Jain holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). He is the recipient of the 2011 William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics from IEEE, of the Engineering Medal (R&D) from the Professional Engineers of Ontario and of the Queen's Prize for Research Excellence.

Dr. Praveen Jain holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics and is the Director of Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research at Queen’s University. His research contributions have resulted in over 550 publications, including 107 patents. He has received over $33M in external research funding. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), the Engineering Institute of Canada and Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of the IEEE Newell Field Award, the highest international award in his field. 

Dr. Jain has demonstrated experience in successfully transferring technology from university to industry and concept to product. His industrial experience has included work as a power electronics engineer for Canadian Aeronautics where he contributed to the design and development of high frequency power conversion equipment for the International Space Station, as an advisor for Nortel Networks, and as a consultant with Astec Advanced Power Systems, providing guidance for the research and development of advanced power technologies for telecommunications. He has also consulted with many organizations including Ballard Power, General Electric and Intel. In addition, he established two new companies, CHiL Semiconductor and SPARQ Systems, from research innovation at Queen’s University.

 

Dr. Alireza BakhshaiDr. Alireza Bakhshai
Professor

Dr. Bakhshai is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University. Dr. Bakhshai received his BSc and MSc from the Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and his PhD from Concordia University in 1997. He was a Postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University during 1997-8. From 1986 to 1993, and from 1998 to 2004, he served on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology.

Dr. Bakhshai is a licensed Professional Engineer (PEng) in Ontario, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has contributed to the engineering discipline as a reviewer for both conferences and journals and has served on research committees. Dr. Bakhshai has acted as a supervisor or co-supervisor for 15 graduate students, and is currently supervising four and co-supervising four. He has published peer-reviewed papers in fields including high power electronics and applications, renewable energy conversion, and control systems. In addition, he has demonstrated his ability to apply his knowledge in an industrial context, contributing to the application of FACTS Controllers and of New Motor Drive Technologies for a Cold Rolling Mill at the Mobarakeh Steel Company, Iran, in 2001, and the design and implementation of a Unified Power Flow Controller in 2002-2003.

 

Dr. Yan-Fei LiuDr. Yan-Fei Liu
Professor

Dr. Liu received his PhD degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, in 1994. From February 1994 to July 1999, he worked as a Technical Advisor with the Advanced Power System Division of Nortel Networks. Since 1999, he joined Queen's University. Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His
research interests include digital control technologies for high efficiency, fast dynamic response dc–dc switching converter and ac–dc converter with power factor correction, resonant converters and server power supplies, and LED drivers. Dr. Liu holds 22 US patents and has published more than 170 technical papers in IEEE Transactions and conferences.  He is also a principal contributor for three IEEE standards.

Dr. Liu serves as an Editor of IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics of Power Electronics (IEEE JESTPE) since 2012, an associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics since 2001, an Editor in Chief for special issue of Power Supply on Chip of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics from 2011 to 2013. He also served as Guest Editor for special issues of JESTPE: Miniturization of Power Electronics Systems, as well as Green Power Supplies. He serves as Co-General Chair of ECCE 2015 to be held in Montreal in September 2015. He has been the chair of PELS Technical Committee on Control and Modeling Core Technologies since 2013 and chair of PELS Technical Committee on Power Conversion Systems and Components from 2009 to 2012.

 

Dr. Shangzhi PanDr. Suzan Eren
Assistant Professor

Dr. Suzan Eren is an Assistant Professor in the ECE Department, Queen’s University, and a member of ePOWER, the Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research Group. Dr. Eren received her BSc with first class honours, MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in 2006, 2008, and 2013, respectively. Her industrial experience includes collaboration with SPARQ Systems in developing their highly efficient solar micro-inverter. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the author of 30 peer-reviewed papers, and the holder of 12 issued and pending U.S. patents. Dr. Eren received the 2011-2012 Bert Wasmund Scholarship for Sustainable Energy Research. Her research interests include: control and signal processing techniques for power converters used in micro-grid and renewable energy applications.

 

Dr. Shangzhi Pan

Dr. Shangzhi Pan
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Shangzhi Pan, is an adjunct assistant professor at Queen’s Center of Energy and Power Electronics Applied Research Laboratory (ePOWER) since April 2014. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 1998 and 2001, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in 2008. He worked as a senior research engineer at Queen’s University from 2008 to 2013. Dr. Pan has completed extensive research at Queen’s University over the past decade on advanced digital control techniques and microinverter technologies. His work has been applied in computer, lighting and PV industries. His research interests include digital control techniques for power converters, grid-connected inverters, voltage regulators for computing systems, power converters for renewable energy sources, and power converters for electric vehicles.

Dr. Shangzhi Pan is also working as VP of Engineering at SPARQ systems, a photovoltaic microinverter company, which was spun off from Queen’s University in 2009. Since 2009, he has led the research, development, design, testing and certification of SPARQ innovative microinverters, including both microinverter hardware design and digital control system design. He is the inventor of 29 issued and pending international/US patents. He previously worked as a design engineer for power supply systems, including as an R&D engineer for Alcatel Shanghai Bell and as a consultant for CHiL semiconductor USA to transfer patented technologies. Dr. Pan is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a member of IEEE Power Electronics Society and Industrial Electronics Society. 

 

 

Dr. P.C. SenDr. P.C. Sen
Professor Emeritus (The Father of Power Electronics at Queen's)

 

Dr. Paresh C. Sen is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's University and a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Sen is the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award and the 2006 IEEE Canada Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Sen authored two internationally acclaimed text books, Principles of Electric Machines and Power Electronics and Thyristor DC Drives, both published by John Wiley, and used world-wide. As a supervisor of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, he sets a high standard and guides them to achieve that goal. As an expert in his area of research, Dr. Sen has presented invited plenary session talks at several international conferences.

Dr. Sen is internationally recognized as an authority in the field of electric motor drives and power electronics. Among his various outstanding contributions, his earlier work on thyristor control of reactive power led to the replacement of rotary synchronous condensers by static circuits to regulate voltage in power systems. His work on chopper control of induction motors enabled Hitachi Electric Co. to make pump drives with simple and effective control. His work on vector control using stator flux orientation has contributed to the development of a new generation of high performance ac motor drives. Dr. Sen solved the chattering problem in sliding mode control of motor drives to make such drives practically feasible. His pioneering work on a versatile, dynamically robust control technique provided superior performance compared to then available techniques used for power supplies. His proposed double injection of ripple voltage technique provided best input-output performance in ac-dc power supplies for computer and telecommunication systems. He is presently working on performance improvement in LED lighting drivers and PV inverters.

Dr. Sen served IEEE in various capacities: as an Associate Editor of Transactions, Distinguished Lecturer, Chair of the Technical Committee on Power Electronics and Energy Systems, organizer of special technical sessions at international conferences, chair of technical sessions and reviewer of papers. He served as a Scientific Liaison Officer for NSERC (a federal research granting agency in Canada), evaluating University-Industry coordinated projects.

Dr. Sen has published over 225 technical papers, five of which have been published in three IEEE Press books. He published in IEEE-IE Transactions an invited survey paper on "Electric Motor Drives and Control: Past, Present and Future." In 2015, he published a comprehensive review paper on “High Power Wind Energy Conversion Systems: State-of-the-Art and Emerging Technologies” in Proceedings of the IEEE.

Dr. Sen was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and a Senior NSERC Industrial Fellowship. He was also the recipient of the Industry Applications Society - Industrial Drives Committee (IAS-IDC) prize paper award in 1986.

As an Emeritus Professor, Dr. Sen continues to be active in research, supervising graduate students and revising his book on electric machines.