Distinguished professors from both academia and industry will be invited to give speeches.

Professor Yilmaz Sozer

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Akron, USA

Energy Conversion Systems for Transportation and Renewable Applications

Abstract: Both public and private sector groups are calling for greater investment in more-electric transportation and renewable energy sources, with the growing concerns about energy security, environmental impact, and resource limitations. Key components in enabling greater adoption of these systems are high power density and energy-efficient power electronic units, electric machine drives, and distributed energy storage. This presentation provides an overview of some of the research areas that have been pursued with the emphasis on power electronics architectures for drives and the utility interface with wide bandgap power devices. Also, the presentation will provide examples of the integration of distributed energy storage, and electric vehicles into the utility grid and microgrids. Recent advancements in the state of the art will be presented along with practical implementations.


Bio: Yilmaz Sozer is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Akron. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY. His masters and doctoral work focused on power electronics and the development of control algorithms for electric machines. Before joining the University of Akron, Dr. Sozer has worked at Advanced Energy Conversion Schenectady, NY. His research interests are in the areas of control and modeling of alternative energy systems, electric machine drives, transportation electrifications, high-power isolated DC/DC converter systems, static power conversion systems that interface energy storage and distributed generation sources with the electric utility. Dr. Sozer has served as an associate editor and paper review chair for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics for Power Electronics. He is the past chair for the IEEE IAS Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion Systems Committee, and technical program chair for IEEE ECCE 2019, and IEEE IEMDC 2019.