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Power Electronics for Precision Farming with Sustainable and Cleaner Environments

Webinar - Online
Alicia Tomaszewski – tec@ieee.org
Brij Singh

Abstract:  In this lecture, a broad review of vehicles for farming operation will be given starting from tillage to crop harvesting. Vehicles that have significant use of power electronics will be covered such as Exact-Emerge Planter for seeding operation followed mention of Exact-Apply for crop care and management of plants (corns etc.) that are nutrient deficient. This will lead discussions towards how power electronics supports crop-care system to exactly apply prescription such as fertilizers, pesticides, fungicide, etc. Discussions of this lecture are targeted to create awareness among power electronics and engineering professionals that how your vocation could enable putting food on plate of 9 billion people by 2050 and provide them shelter and transportation infrastructure. This lecture would also cover how electrification is becoming enabling technology in off-road heavy-duty vehicle space. Discussions of this lecture will cover that how wide bandgap (WBG) power electronics could enable many functions, forms, and features in heavy-duty off-road vehicles such as equipment required for agriculture, construction, and mining operations. The Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) based power electronics indeed could offer system level solution that are performance-superior and cost-competitive compared to state-of-art silicon semiconductor-based power electronics. These system approaches will be mentioned in midst of this presentation. 

Biography:  Dr. Brij N. Singh is a Technical Fellow - Power Electronics Engineering in John Deere USA. He has earned BE from MMM Technical University, Gorakhpur, ME from IIT Roorkee, and Ph.D. from IIIT Delhi, all in Electrical Engineering. 

In 1996, Dr. Singh joined the ÉTS Québec, Montreal as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. In 1999, he joined Concordia University, Montreal, as a Research Fellow. In 2000, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, as an Assistant Professor.

In 2007, Dr. Singh has joined John Deere USA as a power electronics staff engineer, where presently he holds the position of Region 4 Manager External Relationships.

Dr. Singh has published over 90 research papers, he has 28 approved US patents, one trade secret, and over a dozen pending patents.

In Tulane University, Dr. Singh has won four IEEE Eta Kappa Nu teaching awards for outstanding instructions in electrical engineering. In John Deere, he has won three innovation and one collaboration awards for new product and technology development work. He is the winner of the 2020 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award. He is a senior member of the IEEE and is selected to serve as IEEE PELS Distinguished Lecturer for 2021-2022. He lives with his family in West Fargo, North Dakota, USA.

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