Over the past years, the Center was fortunate enough to continue building on its success under the leadership of Professor Dushan Boroyevich, who is not just a CPES alumnus, but who helped shape and co-direct the Center since the early 1990s. Under his guidance, CPES continued to expand delving into new frontiers driven by societal needs that call for increasingly more efficient power and energy processing technologies.
And so CPES stands today, growing and propelling its current iteration into the future, fully dedicated to our efforts to continue improving the electrical power processing technology that affects an ever larger and diverse number of systems that span a broad range of power levels and myriad applications from consumer electronics
to electrified transportation, from industrial applications to renewable energy integration, from powering the telecommunications industry to the development of future electronic
energy processing distribution and transmission grids. In all, CPES remains steadfastly committed to innovation from watts to megawatts!
This book aims to be a comprehensive record of the Centers accomplishments during the year 2021. In addition to copious research project summaries and results (see Sponsored Research and Research Nuggets), one can learn more about the world-class Facilities and People necessary for these achievements. Research outputs, like Intellectual Property and Publications, are detailed as well.
The most visible change was in Center leadership. Rolando Burgos, professor, who originally joined CPES in 2002, assumed the role of Director from Dushan Boroyevich in July 2021. Under his leadership, the Center continues along its innermost tradition of training the best students in the field and researching the cutting-edge power electronics solutions that our members and sponsors expect.
Furthermore, Richard Zhang, CPES alumnus, returned as the Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, bringing with him more than 20 years of technology and business leadership at GE. His technical experience includes research and development of the most advanced high-voltage DC transmission (HVDC) solution in the industry, including power electronics and revolutionary control platform, enabling bulk power transmission beyond 2 gigawatts for applications such as offshore wind parks.
As we reflect back on 2021, we offer our sincere gratitude to our members, sponsors, and colleagues from around the world. We look forward to another year of fruitful partnership where we can push the boundaries of power electronics together!