Distinguished Lecturers Program
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The IEEE Transportation Electrification Community is pleased to announce that we have selected our first 4 Distinguished Lecturers, and they are:
Grant Covic graduated with a BE (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Auckland (UoA) in 1986. He then began his research career as a master’s postgraduate which was later converted to a PhD in power electronics. At completion he took up a UoA full time lectureship. He was appointed a senior lecturer in 2000, an associate professor in 2007 and to full professor in 2013. In the mid 90’s he began working with Prof. John Boys to develop the technology of highly resonant inductive (contact-less) power transfer (IPT) and in the early 2000’s they began jointly leading a team focused on AGV applications for traditional markets, and redeveloping EV charging solutions.
Today Grant’s research and consulting interests are focused on industrial solutions using IPT. Over the past 15 years he has published more than 100 international refereed papers in this field, worked with over 40 postgraduates and filed over 40 patents, all of which are licensed to various global companies in specialised application fields.
In 2010 he co-founded (with John) a new global start-up company “HaloIPT” focusing on electric vehicle (EV) wireless charging infrastructure and was joint head of research from formation until sale. During this time HaloIPT received the Clean Equity Monaco award for excellence in the field of environmental engineering and two NZ clean innovation awards in the emerging innovator and design and engineering categories. Grant and John have been awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize, the Vice Chancellors commercialisation medal and the KiwiNet research commercialisation awards for scientific research which has seen outstanding commercial success.
Grant is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of both the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, and the Royal Society of New Zealand. Presently he heads inductive power research at the UoA and co-leads the interoperability sub-team within the SAE J2954 wireless charging standard for EVs.
|Non-contact charging for vehicle electrification||Read Abstract|
serves as the Chief Cyber Security Research Scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Prowell also leads the Cyber Warfare Research Team, is the Program Manager for the lab’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems program, and is the Director of the lab’s Vehicle Security Center. Dr. Prowell’s research focuses on physics-based methods for intrusion detection and semantics-based methods in malware detection and analysis. Dr. Prowell’s work on a system for deep analysis of compiled software led to the Hyperion system which received a 2015 R&D 100 award and two awards for technology transfer. Previously, Dr. Prowell worked in the CERT Program of the Software Engineering Institute on automated analysis of malware. In his spare time Dr. Prowell is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee.
|Vehicle Cyber Security: Where the Rubber Meets the Code||Read Abstract|
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