"Dr. Praveen Jain"

Dr. Praveen Jain​

Professor and Canada Research Chair
Director, ePOWER

Praveen K. Jain received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1987. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics, and Director of the Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research at Queen’s University. He made pioneering contributions in introducing resonant power conversion technology in telecommunications during his work at Nortel in the 1990’s. He played a key role in the design and development of high frequency power conversion equipment for the International Space Station at Canadian Astronautics in the late 1980’s. Over the last 35 years, he has made sustained contributions to the theory and practice of power electronics through his considerable consulting work with industry. He is the founder of two successful start-up companies, CHiL Semiconductor in the area of digital power controller (acquired by International Rectifier), and SPARQ Systems in the area of photovoltaic micro-inverters, launched publicly in 2022.

He has supervised and guided over 100 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and power electronics engineers. He has published over 600 papers and holds over 100 patents. He is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering, the 2017 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal,  the 2011 IEEE William Newell Power Electronics Award, and the 2004 Engineering Medal of the Ontario Professional Engineers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Society of Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

"Dr. Alireza Bakhshai"Dr. Alireza Bakhshai


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 in 2021 was elevated to a Fellow 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 17 graduate students, and is currently supervising six and co-supervising one. 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 Liu"Dr. Yan-Fei Liu


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. He has authored around 300 technical papers in the IEEE Transactions and conferences, and holds 64 U.S. patents. He is also a Principal Contributor for two IEEE standards.

Dr. Liu was the Vice President of Technical Operations of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS, from 2017 to 2020. He was the general chair of ECCE 2019 to be held in Baltimore, USA in 2019. Dr. Liu serves as an Editor of IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics of Power Electronics (IEEE JESTPE) since 2013, and an associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics since 2001.

His other major service to IEEE is listed below: a Guest Editor-in-Chief for the special issue of Power Supply on Chip of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics from 2011 to 2013; a Guest Editor for special issues of JESTPE: Miniaturization of Power Electronics Systems in 2014 and Green Power Supplies in 2016. 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. Suzan ErenDr. Suzan Eren

Assistant Professor

Dr. Suzan Eren, is an Assistant Professor and Queen's National Scholar 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 the author of 60 publications, the inventor of 12 U.S. patents and is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. Dr. Eren is an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Industrial Electronics and the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, as well as the chair of the IEEE Kingston Section. Her research interests include the application of power electronics and control to micro-grids, renewable energy, energy storage and electric vehicles.


"Dr. Majid Pahlevani"Dr. Majid Pahlevani

​Assistant Professor

Dr. Pahlevani received his Ph.D. degree from Queens University, Kingston, ON, Canada, in 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University. Prior to Queen’s, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, from 2016 to 2019. He was also the Chief R&D Engineer and then the VP of Technology with SPARQ Systems, Inc., from 2011 to 2016. At SPARQ, he invented multiple innovative power circuitry and digital control techniques for SPARQ’s main product, QUAD micro-inverter. He collaborated with Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., where he was the Leader of a research team working on the design and implementation of the power converters for a pure electric vehicle from 2008 to 2011. He has conducted more than 20 industrial projects in renewable energy systems, energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and LED lighting. He has authored more than 150 journal and conference proceeding papers and is the holder of 70 U.S. patents (issued/pending).

Dr. Pahlevani is the Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and a Member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is also the recipient of numerous awards such as the “Early Research Excellence” Award form Alberta, Canada, “Research Achievement Award” and “Teaching Achievement Award” from the University of Calgary, “Engineering and Applied Sciences Outstanding Thesis” Award from Queens University, Kingston, ON, Canada, “Research Excellence Award” from IEEE Canada, and “Distinguished Research Award” from the University of Calgary.

"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. Sen

Dr. 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 was chosen by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as the recipient of the 2022 IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award, for outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering, with the following citation: “For contributions to the theory, practice, education, and development of advanced industrial motor drives and power electronics systems." He was 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.