Bruno Lequesne (M’85-SM’89-F’97) received the Certified-Engineer degree from Centrale-Supélec, France, in 1978, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA, in 1984. He worked for 30 years in the automotive industry on transportation electrification research and industrial drives before starting his own consultancy, E-Motors Consulting, LLC, in 2014.
His automotive involvement includes working at General Motors Research Laboratories (1984-1999) and Delphi Research Laboratories (1999-2006). In September 2006, he moved to the Delphi Powertrain Division to manage a group within the Advanced Powertrain Engineering organization (2006-2009). After a year at the University of Alabama, he joined Eaton Corporate Research & Technology group to focus on the electrification of commercial vehicles and advanced industrial drives (2010-2014). Since starting his consultancy, he has contributed to the automotive, aerospace and renewable energy industries, working on motors, actuators, and systems. He is also an expert witness with courtroom experience.
Dr. Lequesne holds 53 patents, primarily on sensors, linear actuators, and automotive applications. He is the recipient of eleven Best Paper Awards, eight from the IEEE- Industry Applications Society (IAS), including two Transactions Paper Awards, and three from the Society of Automotive Engineers, including the Colwell (2000) and the Bendix (2007) awards. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1997, and received the IAS Kliman Innovator Award in 2007 and the IEEE Nikola Tesla Award in 2016.
He is also past president (2011-2012) of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, and currently serves on the board of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community where he chairs the Long Range Planning Committee.
Kiruba Haran is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering from OAU, Nigeria, in 1994, and a PhD in Electric Power Engineering from RPI, Troy, NY in 2000. He moved to Illinois in 2014 after 13 years at GE Research. At GE, Dr. Haran was the manager of the research group developing advanced electrical machine technology for all of GE’s industrial businesses, including wind, oil and gas, aviation, transportation and energy. He is a registered PE in NY and is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Suresh Gopalakrishnan (S’95-M’00-SM’03-F’12) received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Annamalai University, India, in 1989, the M.S. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, in 1992 and the Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University, in 2000, all in electrical engineering.
From 1992-1995, he worked as a Senior Engineer in the R&D Division of Kirloskar Electric Company, Bangalore, India. From January 2000 to May 2005, he worked as a Senior Research Engineer in Delphi Research Labs, Shelby Township, MI. He worked on several projects that involved application of electric drives for more electric and by-wire automotive chassis systems. In June 2005, he joined General Motors R&D center where he is currently working as a Technical Fellow. His primary responsibilities are in electric drives, sensors, fault-tolerant control and real-time controls for automotive electrification applications. He has authored or coauthored of more than 40 technical publications, and he is the holder of 20 U.S. patents with several patents pending. His areas of interests include variable-speed drives for automotive electric propulsion and chassis applications.
He is the corecipient of one Best Paper Award from the Electrical Machines Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) and Vincent Bendix Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Dr. Fei Gao is currently the Deputy Director of the French national CNRS research institute FEMTO-ST and a Full Professor at the School of Energy and Computer science of the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard (UTBM), Belfort, France. He was an Associate Professor at the same university between 2011 and 2017, and was a member of the French National University Council (CNU) between 2016 and 2017. He received respectively from UTBM the Master's degree in electrical and control system engineering in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in renewable energy with distinguished Youth Doctor Award in 2010. His main research fields include fuel cells and their applications in transportation, multi-physical modeling, and real-time simulation systems. He is the holder of the French research expertise bonus (PEDR) by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the fellow of IET and the senior member of IEEE. He is the chair of the fuel cell system architecture optimization research axis of the National Fuel Cell Research Lab (FR CNRS) in France, and he was the head of the energy production division at the School of Energy and Computer science of UTBM between 2012 and 2019. He is the Editor-in-Chief (2019-2021) of IEEE Industrial Electronics Technology News (ITeN), and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (TIE), IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (TIA), IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (TTE) and IEEE Open Journal of Industrial Electronics Society (OJIES). He is nominated in 2017 as Conferences Committee Chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. Since 2019 he is nominated as Secretary of the Technical Committee on Vehicle and Transportation Systems (TC4) of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS). He was elected respectively in 2013 as Secretary, in 2016 as Vice-Chair and in 2018 as Chair of the Technical Committee on Transportation Electrification (TCTE) of IEEE Industriel Electronics Society (IES). He serves also as a technical track chair and member of the organizing committee in many IEEE international conferences (IECON, ITEC, APEC, ISIE, ICIT, etc.).
Burak Ozpineci (S’92-M’02-SM’05) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He joined the Post-Masters Program with the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Knoxville, TN, USA, in 2001 and became a Full-Time Research and Development Staff Member in 2002 and Group Leader of the Power and Energy Systems Group in 2008. He is currently leading the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group and managing the Electric Drive Technologies Program at ORNL. He also serves as a Joint Faculty Associate Professor with The Bredesen Center at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dr. Hadj Hamma Tadjine received his engineer degree, D.E.A (Diplome d’Etude Approfondie), and the Third cycle degree, in Electrical engineering from the Technical University of Blida in 1994, 1995 and respectively 1998. In 2004, he received his PhD in Computer science from the Technical University of Clausthal (Germany).From 2000-2004, he was Professor Assistant at the Technical University of Clausthal (Germany).From 2004- 2006, he was Professor Assistant at CUTEC institute GmbH (Germany). From 2006-2008, he was responsible by Hella Aglaia (Germany) for advanced driver assistance systems. From 2008- 2010, he was responsible by IAV GmbH (Germany) for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Connected Autonomous Driving. Currently, he is responsible by IAV GmbH for technical strategy in the area of integrated safety and Intelligent Driving Functions.
He has a track record of fundamental research on these topics which is documented by numerous publications by IEEE, VDI and SAE. He is the editor and editor in chief of different international journals. He is fellow Member of IACSIT (International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology), and SCIEI (Science and Engineering Institute. He is Advisory Board Member by SDIWC (The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications), WSEA (World scientific and Engineering Academy and Society), and SAI (Science and Information Organization) .and AICIT (The International Association for Information, Culture, Human and Industry Technology).
He is Chair, Technical co-chair and Publication chair of different international conferences on computer engineering and computer vision.
Dr. Tuttle is a Research Associate in the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. His lifelong passion in the automotive space intersects with many years of experience in information technology and interest in the diffusion of innovation in the research areas of EV adoption, integration of EVs with the grid, alternative fuel, and advanced powertrain vehicles, the associated market, and technical factors that affect the electric grid and DERs, renewable energy systems, and autonomous vehicles. David was the team manager for the 2007 UT DARPA Urban Challenge Autonomous vehicle team.
Dave is a former IBM and Sun Microsystems executive with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, B.S. & Master of Engineering degrees with highest honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from UT-Austin.
His diverse career has included leading the design of the Data Cache Unit of the high-performance microprocessor in the original IBM POWER-1 RISC/UNIX computer system, leading the team in the Apple/IBM/Motorola alliance that designed the first high-performance microprocessor used to launch the original Apple PowerMac, leading the team that designed the POWER2-SC microprocessor used in the 1997 IBM Deep Blue Supercomputer that beat World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, and building from scratch Sun Microsystem’s Austin design center for power-efficient highly multi-threaded CPUs. He is also presently a Commissioner on the Electric Utility Commission overseeing Austin Energy, Austin’s local municipal electric utility.
Peter Wilson is Professor of Electronics and Systems Engineering in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
He received his BEng from Heriot-Watt University, MBA from Edinburgh Business School and PhD from the University of Southampton, and has industrial experience at Ferranti, GEC-Marconi, Analogy, Inc. prior to taking up his previous academic post of Associate Professor at Southampton in the School of Electronics and Computer Science.
He is a Fellow of the IET, Senior Member of the IEEE, and is currently serving as Executive Vice President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He has been the Technical and General Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Behavioral Modelling and Simulation, and also held numerous leadership positions at conferences including ETS, EBTW and FDL.
He has published more than 150 academic papers, three books, and a patent, and has been principal investigator on numerous EPSRC grants. He is the supervisor of the Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) formula student electric racing team at Bath, co-supervisor of the Bath Zero Emissions Motorcycle racing team, and leads postgraduate teaching developments in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Robert P. Lyons, Jr., is a technical and management consultant and educator with over 35 years of experience in research and development, engineering, program planning, acquisition, and maintenance for a wide range of military and commercial systems. He consults for the aerospace industry, the US Government, non-profit institutes, and commercial concerns. Mr. Lyons retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel after serving as Director, HQ Air Force Materiel Command Acquisition (AFMC) Center of Excellence (ACE). There he worked in concert with the Secretary of the Air Force’s ACE and led a hand-picked, multi-disciplined team of acquisition professionals in the Headquarters and AFMC Product, Logistics, and Test Centers and Laboratory responsible for driving innovation, challenging and radically changing processes, and helping acquisition and sustainment programs across the USAF.
Mr. Lyons worked on nuclear instrumentation, solid-state electron devices, and microwave systems in three USAF laboratories. He led integration and software development for the World Wide Military Command and Control Information System. Mr. Lyons also was the Deputy Director, Integrated Engineering and Technical Management for Aeronautical Systems Center’s 2400 engineers. He was the Avionics and Software Integrated Product Team Leader for the F-22, Deputy Program Director for the F-15, Program Director for the X-32 Joint Strike Fighter, and Director, Joint Strike Fighter Engineering and Manufacturing Development, leading acquisition planning for the F-35 program.
Mr. Lyons earned his bachelor’s degree (with honors) from New Mexico State University and his master’s degree (Commandant’s Award for exceptional thesis research) from the Air Force Institute of Technology, both in electrical engineering. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer’s School, Air Command and Staff College, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (National Security Management Program), the Defense Systems Management College, and the Carnegie Mellon Executive Development Course. He holds certificates in Process Mastery from Hammer and Co.; Leading Change and Organizational Renewal from Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business; Advanced Project Management from Stanford University; Corporate Governance from Tulane Law School; and Strategic Decisions and Risk Management from Stanford University. He lectured on Digital Avionics Architectures and Software Management at the University of California at Los Angeles Extension. He also teaches project, program, and risk management classes.
Mr. Lyons served for six years on the National Defense Industrial Association’s Combat Survivability Division’s Board of Directors. He is currently the Sr. Past President of the (IEEE) Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS). He has also served as a member of the AESS Board of Governors and as its Vice President of Technical Operations. He has been AESS’s representative to and the Vice President for Conferences and President for the IEEE Systems Council. He is a member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society Board of Governors. He is also a member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board’s Conflict Resolution Committee and the Society and Council Review Committee. Mr. Lyons is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he served on the Digital Avionics Technical Committee. He is also a member of the American Society for Quality, the Project Management Institute, and the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, as well as Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
Bob Rassa is a Director of Engineering Programs at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems.
Primary responsibilities are focused on furthering the discipline of systems engineering within the US Department of Defense and defense industry. Experience in electronics design, test systems, logistics, systems engineering, and program management.
Mr. Rassa is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Division, as well as a founding member of their Automatic Test Committee.
Mr. Rassa is the Industry Sponsor of CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration, the world-wide-adopted model for process improvement for SE, SW, PM, and HW design), and serves as the Chair of the CMMI Steering Group.
He is an elected Fellow of IEEE and has held numerous offices within the IEEE and is currently Vice-President, Conferences, IEEE Systems Council. He is also Past President, IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society and Past President, IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society
Mr. Rassa holds a BSEE from the University of California – Berkeley.
He holds the US Patent for a satellite-based Advanced Maintenance System for Aircraft & Military Weapons, issued in August 1999, now being used on the F-22 and F-35.
He is recipient of the Westinghouse Order of Merit, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the McGinnis Professional Achievement Award from IEEE-AUTOTESTCON, the Lt Gen Thomas Ferguson Award for Systems Engineering Excellence from NDIA, the NDIA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service, the Raytheon Award for Excellence in Engineering Process Improvement, and the IEEE Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society.
Yaobin Chen (M’88–SM’10) received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1988. Dr. Chen is a senior member of IEEE, a member of SAE and ASEE. He is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Transportation Active Safety Institute in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr. Chen’s current research interests include modeling, control, optimization, and simulation of intelligent vehicles and transportation systems, and electric and hybrid vehicles; clean energy and power systems; computational intelligence and its applications.
Philip T. Krein received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana. He was an engineer with Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon, and then returned to the University of Illinois. At present, he holds the Grainger Endowed Emeritus Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics and is Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics. His research interests address all aspects of power electronics, machines, drives, electric transportation, and electrical energy, with emphasis on nonlinear control approaches. In 2001, he helped initiate the International Future Energy Challenge, a major student competition involving fuel cell power conversion and energy efficiency. He holds thirty-four U.S. patents with additional patents pending.
Dr. Krein is a Fellow of the IEEE, and in 2003 received the IEEE William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics. He was a founder and Director of SolarBridge Technologies, Inc., a developer of long-life integrated inverters for solar energy.He is a past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and served as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors.He is Editor-at-Large of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics.In 2015-2016, he is Chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community.He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2016.