Dr. Jian Sun Awarded IEEE Outstanding Achievement Award
Dr. Jian Sun, Professor of ECSE and Director of the RPI Center on Future Energy Systems, received the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) R. David Middlebrook Outstanding Achievement Award at IEEE Energy Conversion Congress Exposition (ECCE) Awards Ceremony in Cincinnati on October 5th, 2017. The citation for the award is “for contributions to modeling and control of power electronic converters and systems". This award honors an individual who is judged to have accomplished outstanding contributions in the technical field of power electronics. It is the highest technical achievement award presented by the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
The Award recognizes Dr. Sun as an international authority in modeling and control of power electronics, and especially cites his pioneering work in the theory and application of sequence impedance methods for three-phase power electronics. The theory he established has served as the foundation for the analysis, mitigation and prevention of pressing resonance, harmonic and stability problems encountered in recent years in renewable energy, high-voltage transmission, and other high-power systems, and is transforming the technology and practice of the renewable energy industry. Currently, he is also working with transmission system operators and utility companies in Europe and Asia to develop and implement new grid codes that incorporate new requirements based on his sequence impedance theory. Dr. Sun has also made significant contributions to power electronics in the area of averaged modeling, small-signal analysis of three-phase converters, advanced control of dc-dc and ac-dc converters, integrated magnetics, as well as applications of power electronics in aerospace, renewable energy and power systems.
Dr. Jian Sun joined Rensselaer in 2002, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering. He is also Director of the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) funded by New York State government. His research interests are in the general area of power electronics and energy conversion, with an emphasis on modeling, control, and different applications including renewable energy, power systems and aerospace.
He received his PhD degree from the University of Paderborn in Germany. Prior to joining RPI, he spent five years at the Advanced Technology Center of Rockwell Collins working on power electronics for aircraft power systems, and was a Post-Doc Fellow at Georgia Tech from 1996 to 1997. His professional activities include serving as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Power Electronics Letters from 2008 to 2014 and as Treasurer of IEEE Power Electronics Society since 2013. He received the IEEE Power Electronics Society Modeling and Control Technical Achievements Award in 2013 for contributions to averaged modeling and ac power electronic system stability. He is a Fellow of IEEE.
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2017 Grainger Award Recipients
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