05. - 07.06.2018
PCIM Europe 2018
Power Electronics | Intelligent Motion | Renewable Energy | Energy Management


The advisory board in detail



Bodo Arlt
Publishing Editor,
A Media, D

  • Degree in Engineering from Kiel University of Applied Sciences (formerly Kaiserliche Hochschule)



Prof. Francisco Javier Azcondo
Associate Professor,
University of Cantabria, E

  • Academic Studies at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)
  • Doctoral studies at the University of Cantabria
  • Past Chair of the Spanish IEEE PELS – IES Joint Chapter
  • Focus: resonant converters, electronic ballast, digital modeling and control of power converter
Bakran_Mark-M.  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mark-M. Bakran
University of Bayreuth, D
  • Diploma from TU Berlin 1992, Dr.-Ing. from TU Berlin in Power Electronics 1995
  • Development engineer at Siemens traction drives, head of innovation traction inverters, head of power electronics for all rail equipment
  • Now head of department for mechatronics at University of Bayreuth
  • Member VDE, senior member IEEE, Vice chair German chapter IEEE IAS/PELS/IES, ECPE competence center
  • Focus: power device application in traction



Dr. Pavol Bauer
Associate professor,
Delft University of Technology, NL

  • Academic studies at the Technical University Kosice
  • Doctoral studies at the Delft University of Technology
  • Professor TU Brno
  • Chairman of Benelux IEEE Joint Industry Applications Society
  • Focus: power electronics, electric mobility and smart grids

Werner Berns


Werner Berns
TI Representative for International Standardisation Affairs
Texas Instruments, D

  • Study of Electrical Engineering and Communication Technologies at the University of Applied Science in Münster, Germany
  • Focus: power management (especially SMPS, LED-Lighting incl. PCB layout)



Prof. Frede Blaabjerg
Aalborg University, DK

  • Academic and Doctoral Studies at Aalborg University, Department of Energy Technology
  • Focus: motor drives, renewable energy, smart grid, reliability



Serge Bontemps
R&D Director,
Microsemi PMP Europe, F

  • Power Electronics Engineer (ENSEIRB)
  • 30 years of experience in power conversion applications
  • Focus: design and development of power moduls



Bruce Carsten
Bruce Carsten Associates, USA


Daniel Chatroux115.jpg  Daniel Chatroux
  • Developed innovative power electronic for high frequency high voltage generators for pulsed laser (cost effective and very reliable high voltage switches with thousands of MOSFETs)
  • Current research domain is power electronic for new energies: photovoltaic, fuel cells systems and batteries for automotive applications
  • He participates at 70 patents on these technologies




Dr. Silvio Colombi
General Electric, CH 

  • MSc El. Eng., 1983; Ph.D. in Control Engineering, 1987 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • Lecturer of mechatronics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • Technology Leader for the UPS business of General Electric – Digital Energy
  • Author of 14 industrial patents and more than 50 publications dealing with modeling, simulation, control, mechatronics, power electronics and critical power systems



Dr. Hilmar Darrelmann
Owner of Darrelmann + Partner Ingenieure, D

  • Academic studies at Braunschweig Technical University
  • Expert for UPS-Design and Application, Flywheel Storage, Reliability Calculation
  • Focus: power electronics, electrical machines, mission critical power supplies, energy storage



Prof. Enrique J. Dede
Professor in Power Electronics,
ETSE University of Valencia, E

  • Professor in Power Electronics at the University of Valencia since 1991 and R&D Director at the company GH Electrotermia S.A.
  • Holds several international patents on high frequency inverters for induction heating
  • More than 30 years experience in the field of Power Electronics
  • Former member of the European Working Group of the IAS-IEEE, past President of the joint Spanish IEEE Chapter of the Power Electronics Society (PELS) and Industrial Electronics Society (IES)
  • Serving as the Vice- President of the European Power Electronics Association (EPE)
 Dujic115.jpg Prof. Drazen Dujic
Power Electronics Laboratory, EPFL, CH
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University
  • MSc in Electrical Engineering and Dipl.Ing. in Electrical Engineering, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • IEEE Senior Member, EPE Member
  • Focus: high power electronics

Prof. Dr. Eckel  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Günter Eckel
Professor for power electronics and electrical drives,
University of Rostock, D
  • Studies of electrical engineering at the TU Braunschweig, Germany, PhD in power electronics at the University of Erlangen, GermanyPh.D.-degree (1991)
  • Over 10 years experience in the development of high power inverters for traction applications. Since 2008 professor for power electronics and electrical drives at the University of Rostock
  • IEEE senior member
  • Focus: power semiconductors, multi-level converters, power electronics for renewable energy sources

Prof. Hans Ertl
Associate Professor,
Vienna University of Technology, A

  • Electrical Engineering (Industrial Electronics) at the Vienna University of Technology (finished 1988 receiving Dipl.-Ing.-degree)
  • Ph.D. -degree (1991)
  • "Habilitation"-degree (2005) in power electronics
  • Focus: switch-mode power amplifiers, power supplies for industrial process technologies (plasma & welding), converters for renewable energy systems (solar, storage systems etc.



Prof. J. A. Ferreira
Delft University of Technology, NL

  • Professor at Delft University of Technology
  • M.Sc and PhD at the Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa
  • Holds the chair for Power Electronics and Electrical Machines
  • IEEE Fellow and Vice-President Meetings of IEEE Power Electronics Society


Fuchs.jpg  Prof. Friedrich W. Fuchs
Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, D
  • Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree from RWTH Aachen, German
  • Professor and head of institute for power electronics and electrical drives at Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
  • Focus: power semiconductor application and characterization, converter topologies, drives, electromobility

Grbovic.jpg  Dr. Petar J. Grbovic
Senior Expert Power Electronics and Power Conversion
Huawei Technologies, D
  • Dipl.-Ing. and M.Sc. E. E. from the School of Electrical Engineering, Belgrade, Serbia, in 1999 and 2005, respectively
  • Dr.-Degree (PhD) from L2EP, Ecole Centrale de Lille, France, in 2010
  • Focus: power converter topologies
Hansen.jpg  Dr. Steffan Hansen
Head of the Electrical Department,
Siemens Wind Power, DK
  • M.Sc.EE and PhD at Aalborg Unversity, Denmark
  • Diploma in Business Administration, Syd Dansk University, Denmark
  • IEEE Industry Applications Magazine Second Prize Article Award 2007
  • Focus: power quality solutions, application for drives and motion control, power electronic converters, renewables




Prof. Klaus F. Hoffmann
Helmut-Schmidt-University, D

  • Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. both in electrical engineering and power electronics from the Helmut-Schmidt-University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany, in 1994 and 2002, respectively
  • member of VDE and IEEE
  • Focus: high-frequency switching converters, efficiency improvement of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), resonant power inverters for energy transfer, measurement and characterization of novel power semiconductors as well as thermal management, DC-DC-converters, parallel operation



Edward Hopper
Managing Director,

  • B.Sc (Hons) Electronics, University of Southampton, GB
  • Focus: motion control, intelligent motion, embedded motion, advanced motor control



Ionel Dan Jitaru
Rompower, USA



Prof. Dr-Ing. Nando Kaminski
University of Bremen, D

  • Dipl.-Ing. in electrical engineering (Microelectronics/ microsystems technology) from University of Bremen in 1994
  • Dr.-Ing. of engineering from Daimler-Benz Research Center and University of Bremen
  • Senior Member of the IEEE (Electron Device Society)
  • Focus: alternative semiconductor materials, material basics, device concepts, packaging, reliability, influence of parasitics, EMC 
Peter Kanschat  Dr. Peter Kanschat
Head of R&D
Infineon Technologies, D
  • PhD at the “Philipps-University Marburg”
  • Focus: R&D: Development of power semiconductor modules / IGBT / FWD technologies / SiC diodes & MOSFETs / Packaging & assembly technologies / Reliability of power semiconductors
Kirchenberger.jpg Dr. Ulrich Kirchenberger
STMicroelectronics GmbH, D
  • Since 2013: Director Global Accounts at STMicroelectronics
  • 2012: Senior Manager Global Accounts at STMicroelectronics
  • 2000 - 2012: Competence Center Manager and Market Development Manager Lighting, Power Conversion, Industrial, at STMicroelectronics
  • 1993 - 2000: Field Application Engineer and Manager at International Rectifier
  • 1988 - 1993: Research Assistant at the Institute of Electrical Drives, Technical University of Munich
 Kjaer.jpg Dr. Philip C. Kjaer
Vestas Wind Systems, DK
  • PhD in EE, 1997, Glasgow University, U.K.
  • MSc in EE, 1993, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Chief Specialist, Electric Power Systems at Vestas Wind Systems A/S
  • Member of European Power Electronics association (EPE)
  • Focus: megawatt energy conversion systems; megawatt AC/DC and DC/AC converters, design, control, protection, assembly; grid connection, compliance; reliability



Christopher Kocon
Advanced Power Technology
Texas Instruments, USA

  • BS, MS in Electrical Engineering Wilkes University
  • Adjunct Professor Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, USA





Dr. Jacques Laeuffer
Consultant for Power Electronics,
Dtalents, F

  • Engineer, “Habilité à Diriger des Recherches” (H.D.R.) by University of Paris 6
  • Focus: design of switch mode power supplies, i.e. high frequency resonant converters, variable speed drives, i.e. for hybrid vehicles, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), control
 Stéphane Lefebvre 

Prof. Stéphane Lefebvre

  • PhD 1994 from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in the field of IGBTs characterization in Zero Current Switching
  • Professor at Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers (Cnam)
  • Head of the team "integration in power electronics" in the SATIE laboratory
  • Focus: Power Semiconductors, Thermal Management and Packaging, Power Electronics in Automotive, Traction and Aerospace, Passive Components and New Materials, Sensors



Romeo Letor
Technical Marketing Senior Manager 
STMicroelectronics, IT

    • Received electrical engineer degree from University of Naples (Italy) in 1985
    • Was hired by STMicroelectronics in 1987
    • Main experiences are in power electronics, power management and automotive electronics
    • Has several patents
    • Actual focus deals with the definition of new power and new SOC(1), SOP(2) smart power devices dedicated to automotive emerging systems



Prof. Andreas Lindemann
Chair for Power Electronics,
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, D

  • research focus: New components in power electronic circuits and systems
  • various duties in IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), VDE ETG, EPE ISC and others



Dr. Stefan Linder
Alpiq AG, CH

  • Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
  • Expertise in systems for electricity generation, transmission and distribution. Core competence in power electronic devices and solutions of such power systems
  • Head of Technology and Innovation at Alpiq AG, a Swiss-European Company active in Electricity Generation and Energy Solutions
Liserre.jpg  Prof. Marco Liserre
Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany
  • M.Sc. 1998, Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
  • Ph.D., 2002, Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Bari. Ph.D. thesis: “Innovative control tech-niques of power converters for industrial automation”
  • Focus: Grid-connected power converterers, renewable energy systems, distributed power generation, reliability of power converters




Prof. Josef Lutz
Chemnitz University of Technology, D

  • Diploma in Physics at University of Stuttgart
  • PhD in electrical engineering at Technical University of Ilmenau
  • Member of Technical Program Committees of CIPS, EPE, ISPS, ISPSD, and Editorial Advisory Board of Microelectronics Reliability
  • Focus of research: Power semiconductor devices, ruggedness, reliability, electromobility




Prof. Martin März
Head of Power Electronics Department,
Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB), D

  • Academic and doctoral studies at the University of Erlangen, Germany
  • Product definition and application support for power semiconductors at Infineon AG (1995-2000)
  • Since 2000 head of Power Electronics Department at Fraunhofer IISB
  • Focus: Power density and efficiency optimization of power converters, thermal management, system integration, RF power electronics



Dr. Gourab Majumdar
Fellow, Semiconductor & Device Group,
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, J

  • B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 1977
  • Doctorate in Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan in 2005

Prof. Elison Matioli
POWERlab, EPFL Lausanne, CH

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Postdoctoral Associate
  • University of California Santa Barbara - Ph.D. Materials Department
  • Ecole Polytechnique - B.S. Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (X2002)
  • University of Sao Paulo - Escola Politécnica - Sao Paulo, Brazil, B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • Focus: GaN-based electronic devices and technology, growth of III-Nitride materials, device processing technologies and simulation
Meinhardt.jpg Dr. Mike Meinhardt
SMA Solar Technology, D
  • Dipl.-Ing. (Master's) degree in electrical engineering from Darmstadt University of Technology in 1991
  • Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in Power Electronics from Darmstadt University of Technology in 1997



Dr. Thomas Neyer
Fairchild Semiconductor, D

  • Master Physics TU-Wien 1990
  • Dr. TEch TU-Wien 1996
  • Organization Commitee Semicon 2014
  • Focus: HV Si Device and Technologies, HV SiC Device and Technologies, BCD and Mixed Signal Design, Device Simulation and Modeling, Process Technology and Manufacturing, HV Packaging Technology





Prof.Yasuyuki Nishida
Chiba Institute of Technology, J

  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Yamaguchi National University in 1998.
  • Visiting professor in ETH-Zurich, Swiss, April to Aug., 2007.
  • Focus: Three-Phase recitfiers (especially Passive and Hybrid tuples) and PWM converters/inverters.


 GeraldoNojima115.jpg Geraldo Nojima
Eaton Corporation, USA
  • Computer Engineering – Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial, Sao Paulo – Brazil (1983)
  • Modeling & Simulation – Zentralschweizerischer Technikum Luzern, Switzerland (1988)
  • Mathematics – University of Georgia, Athens, GA - USA (1991)
  • IEEE/PCIC Subsea Electrical Working Group Member
  • IEEE Member



Yasuhiro Okuma
General Manager,
Fuji Electric, J

  • Academic studies at the Tokyo Denki University, Japan
  • Focus: New topologies for power converters and applications ( ie. UPS, PCS and Power supply)


 Otsuki115.jpg Dr. Masahito Otsuki
Senior Manager, EV power module technology
Fuji Electric, J
  • BS/MS in electrical engineering from Tohoku University
  • Ph.D in power semiconductor device technology from Yamanashi University
  • Focus : Power modules for industrial and automotive power train, Power semiconductor chip and packaging technologies




Prof. Dr. Nejila Parspour
University of Stuttgart, D

  • Professor for Electrical Energy Conversion
  • University of Stuttgart/Germany
  • Academic Studies in Electrical Engineering at TU Berlin
  • Doctoral Studies (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Machine Design at TU Berlin
  • Focus: Modeling and Design of Electrical Machines ( specially Transverse Flux machines), Contactless Energy and Data Transfer (inductive and capacitive)





Dr. Robert J. Pasterczyk


Pellegrino  Prof. Gianmario Pellegrino
Associate Professor
Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • MSc in Electrical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, 1998, with Honors
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, 2002
  • IEEE member
  • Focus: design of rotating electrical machines, summarized in the open source design resource syr-e, and the control algorithms for AC drives, including sensorless control, self-commissioning of the power converter and the electrical actuator, seamless control calibration called „plug-in control“



Dr. Volker Pickert
Senior Lecturer,
University of Newcastle, UK

  • Academic studies in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at RWTH Aachen and Cambridge University
  • Doctoral studies in power electronics at Newcastle University
  • Executive member of the IET Power Generation, Conversion and Utilisation professional network
  • Focus: Electric drives and power electronics for automotive applications, thermal management, fault tolerant converters, energy management



Prof. Bernhard Piepenbreier
University of Erlangen, D

  • University Hannover 77-82 Dipl.-Ing
  • Uni Bw-Hamburg 82-87 Dr.-Ing.
  • Focus: Drives without DC-Link capacitor, Z-Source inverters
Rajashekara.jpg Dr. Kaushik (Raja) Rajashekara
University of Houston, USA
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering with focus on power electronics
  • Adjunct Professor, Purdue School of Engineering, Indianapolis, USA


Dr. Munaf Rahimo
Corporate Executive Engineer, Grid Systems R&D
ABB Switzerland Ltd., Semiconductors, CH
  • Ph.D in Electrical Engineering (Power Diodes for IGBT Applications) from Staffordshire University, UK, 1996
  • M.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Staffordshire University, UK, 1993
  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Baghdad University, Iraq, 1990
  • Working on power semiconductor R&D in industry since 1996 (GEC Plessey Semiconductors, Semelab plc and ABB)
  • Focus: Power Semiconductor Devices and Applications




Chris Rexer
ON Semiconductor, USA


 Katsuaki Saito
Hitachi Europe, GB
  • In March 1987, Graduated from Tohoku University, Engineering department, Department of Applied Physics
  • In March 1989, Graduated from master course of Tohoku University, Engineering department, Department of Applied Physics
  • Member of IEEJ, Member of IEEE, Technical Committee of ISPSD
  • Focus: Power Devices, High Power IGBT, diode and thristors



Franck Sarrus
Mersen France, F

  • Dip.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytech Clermont Ferrand in 1992
  • Ph-D in Electrical Engineering from INSA Lyon in 1995
  • Focus: Power Electronics and components, thermal management, energy management, renewable energy



Achim Scharf
Techmedia International, D

  • More than 40 years practical and theoretical experience in electronics and 25 years in power electronics
  • In 1990 he founded the European edition of the PCIM Europe Magazine
  • Since 2000 he is editor-in-chief of Power Electronics Europe Magazine


Schierling.jpg  Dr. Hubert Schierling
Principal Engineer,
Siemens AG, D
  • Academic and doctoral studies at University Darmstadt
  • Focus: Power Converters, Drive System Aspects, Drive Control



Dr. Manfred Schlenk
Infineon Technologies AG, D

  • Study of Electrotechniques at the TUM, Munich (Dipl. Ing)
  • PhD at the Technical University of Berlin



Prof. Manfred Schrödl
Vienna University of Technology, A

  • Head of Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives, Vienna University of Technology
  • Focus: Control and design of electric machines and drives
  • Special focus on sensorless control of AC drives (INFORM method)





Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Schumacher
Braunschweig University of Technology, D

  • Electrical Engineering at TU-Braunschweig
  • Diptl Ing. ET 1979
  • Dr.-Ing. at TU-BS in 1985
  • Prof. Control Engineering at TU-Braunschweig 1993
  • Field of Research: Control of Power Electronics & Electric Drives, Mechatronics, Robotics, Stability and Control in Power Systems

Toshihisa Shimizu
Tokyo Metropolitan University, J

  • B.S., M. S., and Ph.D degree all in Electrical Engineering received from Tokyo Metropolitan Unniversity
  • IEEE Senior Member and IEEJ Fellow Member
  • Published more than 100 transaction papers and more than 300 international conference papers, and 6 books
  • Focus: Power Electronics ( Power Converter Topologies, Photovoltaic Power Generation, EMI in Power Electronics Converters, Passive Components in Power Electronics, Application Technology of Power Devices, High-Frequency Power Converters, etc,.)

Christopher A. Soule
Thermshield, LLC., USA

  • Mechanical Engineer with specialty in Thermodynamics
  • 30+ years experience in electronics cooling design and manufacture
  • Focus: MultiKW power cooling using high speed air, liquids and phase change materials





Dipl.-Ing. Elmar Stachorra
KoCoS KoCoS Engineering GmbH, D

  • More than 20 years of experience in power quality measurement, assessment of power supplies, grid calculations and problem solving in cases of poor power quality and EMC problems
  • Holding more than 100 power quality seminars in different countries
  • Member of the German standardisation committees for power quality UK 767.1, UK 964.1 (DKE) and of the international standardisation committee for power quality instruments (PQI) TC85/WG 20 (IEC)



Dr. Peter K. Steimer
ABB Switzerland Ltd., Power Electronics, CH

  • MSc (1981) and PhD (1991) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
  • Fellow IEEE (2009), ABB Corporate Executive Engineer (2010) and ABB Corporate Research Fellow (2014)
  • Experience as multiple domain R&D Engineer, R&D department manager, Technology and Innovation manager at ABB
  • Focus: high power semiconductors, multi-level topologies, system design and related control and new high power applications
 Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Strzalkowski
Analog Devices, D
  • Dipl.-Ing. Elektrotechnik degree Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1985 - 1988
  • Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, 1999 - 2004
  • Focus: Control and Drive Strategy in Power Converters, Electronic Power Converters, Power Electronics in Automotive, Traction and Aerospace, New and Renewable Energy Systems, Smart Grid & Communication, Passive Components and New Materials, Sensors


Dr. Wolfram Teppan
LEM Intellectual Property SA, CH

  • Current Position: LEM Group Intellectual Property Manager, Fribourg
  • 2001 - 2012: Principal Engineer Innovation, LEM, Geneva
  • 1998 – 2001: R&D engineer, LEM Norma GmbH, Vienna
  • 1994 – 1998: Co-founder of a start-up company in the field of power quality instruments
  • Special Know-How: Current and Voltage Transducers, Converters and Drives, Transducers for Smart Grids, Transducers for Photovoltaic Applications, Power Quality, Passive Components and Materials
 Prof. Giuseppe Tomasso
University of Cassino and South Lazio, I
  • MS Degree at University of Cassino and South Lazio, PhD in Industrial Engineering
  • General Chair of the IEEE-International Electric Vehicle Conference
  • President of Greenergy s.r.l., a company working on power electronics for electromobility
  • Chair of the European PhD School: Power Electronics, Electrical Machines, Energy Control and PowerSystems
  • More than 140 pubblications on international conference proceedings and transaction on power electronics



Joël Turchi
On Semiconductor, F

  • Engineer degree in power electronics from ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France
  • Definition and development of control ICs
  • Focus: Power Factor Correction and Switch Mode Power Supplies





Dr. Yoshiyuki Uchida
Japan Fine Ceramics Co., Ltd., J

  • B.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in Electronics Engineering both from Tohoku University, Japan, in 1962 and 1984, respectively


Wallmeier.jpg  Dr. Peter Wallmeier
Delta Energy Systems GmbH, D
  • 10/1988 - 03/1994: Diplom studies, University of Paderborn (Dipl.-Ing.)
  • 07/1995 - 06/2000: PhD studies, University of Paderborn (Dr.-Ing.)
  • Focus: magnetic Components, semiconductor technology, power controllers for inductical systems




Prof. Dehong Xu
Professor, Director of Institutute of Power Electronics,
Zhejiang University, CN

  • Ph.D from Zhejiang University, China, 1989
  • Visiting professor in Tokyo University, Japan, 1995.June -1996.May
  • Visiting professor in Virginia Tech. , USA, 2000. June -Dec
  • Visiting professor in ETH, Swiss, 2006. Feb -April
  • Focus: High efficiency high power density power conversion for switching power supply, Soft switching Inverter and control, Power Electronics for Renewable Energy



Prof. Peter Zacharias
University of Kassel, D

  • Head of the "Centre of Competence for Distributed Electric Power Technology" at the University of Kassel, Germany
  • Focus: lasers, renewable energy systems, semiconductors and magnetic components