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Queen’s researcher-innovator recognized by world’s largest engineering association

Article Date: September 22, 2011

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KINGSTON, ON -- A Queen’s University researcher specializing in energy- and cost- efficient power electronic technologies has been recognized by the world’s largest professional technology advancement association for his work in the field of power conversion.

Dr. Praveen Jain, Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics at Queen’s, and President and CEO of PARTEQ spinoff SPARQ Systems Inc., has been named the 2011 recipient of the William E. Newell Power Electronics Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It is the organization’s highest award in the field of power electronics. Dr. Jain is being honoured for his advancements in the theory and practice of high-frequency power conversion systems.

“This award is highly deserved,” says Dr. Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s. “Dr. Jain’s work has positioned Queen’s as a global leader in power electronics and power conversion research and commercialization. Equally importantly, he has created valuable, hands-on learning opportunities for his students, who are experiencing the challenges and the rewards of helping to move his breakthrough technologies to market.”

Director of the Queen’s University Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER), Dr. Jain is a world renowned expert in power electronics and a highly successful serial entrepreneur. He was the founder of CHiL Semiconductor, which was recently sold to International Rectifier for $75 million, and has worked with a wide array of industries, including Ballard Power, Canadian Aeronautics, General Electric, Intel and Nortel Networks.

His most recent efforts have focused on developing advanced photovoltaic (PV) microinverter products and systems, now being brought to market by Kingston-based SPARQ Systems Inc., a spinoff company of PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer office of Queen’s.

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John Molloy

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PARTEQ Innovations