Distinguished Lecturers Program

IEEE Distinguished Lecturers are engineering professionals who help lead their fields in new technical developments that shape the global community. These experts:

  • Specialize in the field of interest of their Society/Council
  • Travel to various technical and regional groups, such as Society and Technical Council Chapters, to lecture at events

The IEEE Distinguished Lecturers Program is one of the most exciting offerings available to the IEEE Chapters. The Program is intended to serve as a convenient resource, especially for Sections and Chapters, to assist them in planning high quality programs for their membership.

Distinguished Lecturer Programs operate according to procedures defined by the sponsoring entity. Some programs are available to any IEEE entity (Chapter, Section, Student Branch), as well as to non-IEEE entities (e.g., universities), while others are restricted to use only by the Chapters of the sponsoring Society. Some Societies provide full or partial financial support for speaker travel expenses. In some cases this support is limited only to the Chapters of the sponsoring Society, in other cases there are no restrictions.

How to Arrange a DL Visit:

  • Contact the speaker first for their availability
  • Submit your request using by clicking here  for approval

At this time TEC can not provide financial assistance for travel costs, if you are interested in a Distinguished Lecturer the host entity will be responsible for covering all costs.

Distinguished Lecturers 2016-2017:

Grant Covic portrait
Distinguished Lecturer

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.

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Non-contact charging for vehicle electrification Read Abstract
Stacy Prowell portrait
Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Stacy Prowell 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.

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Vehicle Cyber Security: Where the Rubber Meets the Code Read Abstract
Kaushik Rajashekara portrait
Distinguished Lecturer
University of Houston

Kaushik Rajashekara received his PhD (1984) degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science.  In 1989, he joined Delphi division of General Motors Corporation in Indianapolis, IN, USA as a staff project engineer.  In Delphi and General Motors, he held various lead technical and managerial positions, and was a Technical Fellow and the chief scientist for developing electric machines, controllers, and power electronics systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle systems.  In 2006, he joined Rolls-Royce Corporation as a Chief Technologist for More Electric architectures and power conversion/control technologies for aero, marine, defense, and energy applications.  In August 2012, he joined the University of Texas at Dallas as a Distinguished Professor of Engineering. Since September 2016, he is a Distinguished professor at the University of Houston. He also holds Qiushi Chair Professor position in Zhejiang University, China.

Prof. Rajashekara has published more than 150 papers in international journals and conferences, and has over 45 patents. He has given more than 150 invited presentations in international conferences and universities.  He has co-authored one IEEE Press book on sensorless control of ac motor drives and contributed individual chapters to six published books. His research interests are in the area of power electronics, drives, and energy management of microgrid systems. At University of Houston, he is also working in the area subsea electrical systems.

Prof. Rajashekara was elected as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2012 for contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation. He was also elected as 2015 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and 2013 Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering.  He is the recepient of the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of electrical systems in transportation; IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award, and  IEEE IAS Gerald Kliman award for contributions to the advancement of power conversion technologies through innovations and their applications to industry.  He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of SAE International. He was Distinguished lecturer of IEEE Industry Applications and Vehicular Technology societies. He is presently Chair of the IEEE Power Medal and Transportation Technology award committees.


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Converging Technologies for Electric/Hybrid Vehicles and More Electric Aircraft Systems Read Abstract
Flying Cars – Challenges and Propulsion Strategies Read Abstract
Fuel Cell Systems for Transportation Read Abstract
Stefan Östlund portrait
Distinguished Lecturer

Stefan Östlund is professor of Electric Power Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been Dean at the School of Electrical Engineering since 2009. His primary research interests are electrical machines and power electronics with an emphasis on propulsion and power supplies for electric railway traction.

For fifteen years he was the Director of the KTH Railway Group, a multi-disciplinary rail research center at KTH supported by the Swedish rail industry and train companies.

Since 2011 he has acted as Faculty Liaison for the KTH-University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE). Dr. Östlund is a Senior Member of IEEE and a board member of the Swedish Association of Rail Industries.

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Electric Railway Traction – A key part of future transportation systems Read Abstract