Plenary Sessions & Keynote Speakers

Plenary Session
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
9:00 AM - 12:50 PM
Hermann Union Building Main Ballroom

Session Chair: Professor Ali Emadi, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Keynote Presentation Title: The Challenges of Sustainable Mobility

C. C. Chan Speaker: C. C. Chan
Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering UK, The Chinese Academy of Engineering, The Ukraine Academy of Engineering Sciences, IEEE, IEE and HKIE.
Co-founder, World Electric Vehicles Association;
President, Asian Electric Vehicles Society
Honorary Professor, University of Hong Kong

About the Speaker - Prof. C. C. Chan holds BSc, MSc, PhD and Honorary DSc degrees. He has had over 10 years industrial experience and over 30 years academic experience. He is currently the Honorary Professor and the former Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Hong Kong. He is the Founding President of the International Academy for Advanced Study, China. He has served as Visiting Professor of a number of well-known universities around the world. He is Co-founder and the Rotating President of the World Electric Vehicle Association, the President of the Asian Electric Vehicle Society, and Past President of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He also serves as Senior Consultant to governments and industries worldwide.

Prof. Chan is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Ukraine Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is also a Fellow of IEEE, IEE and HKIE. He received the IEE International Lecture Medal in 2000 and delivered lectures on electric vehicles worldwide. He was selected as one of Asia's Best Technology Pioneers by Asiaweek in 2001, and named as "Father of Asian Electric Vehicles" by Magazine Global View.

Keynote Presentation Title: Vision of Sustainable Vehicle and Fuel Technologies

Mehrdad Ehsani Speaker: Mehrdad Ehsani, Ph.D., P.E., F. IEEE, F. SAE
Robert M. Kennedy Professor of Electrical Engineering & Director of Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843

About the Speaker - M. Ehsani received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and 1974, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, all in electrical engineering. From 1974 to 1977 he was with the Fusion Research Center, University of Texas, as a Research Engineer. From 1977 to 1981 he was with Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, as a Resident Research Associate, while simultaneously doing the doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in energy systems and control systems. Since 1981 he has been at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas where he is now a Professor of electrical engineering and Director of Texas Applied Power Electronics Consortium (TAPC). He is the author of over 300 publications in pulsed-power supplies, high-voltage engineering, power electronics and motor drives and is the recipient of the Prize Paper Awards in Static Power Converters and motor drives at the IEEE-Industry Applications Society 1985, 1987, and 1992 Annual Meetings, as well as numerous other honors and recognitions. In 1984 he was named the Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year by the Brazos chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers. In 1992, he was named the Halliburton Professor in the College of Engineering at A&M. In 1994, he was also named the Dresser Industries Professor in the same college. In 2001 he was selected for Ruth & William Neely/ Dow Chemical Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering for 2001-2002, for "contributions to the Engineering Program at Texas A&M, including classroom instruction, scholarly activities, and professional service". In 2003 he was selected for BP Amoco Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Engineering. He was also selected for the IEEE Vehicular Society 2001 Avant Garde Award for "Contributions to the theory and design of hybrid electric vehicles". In 2003 he was selected for IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award "For outstanding contributions to advanced curriculum development and teaching of power electronics and drives." In 2004 he was elected to the endowed Robert M. Kennedy Chair in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 2005 he was elected as the Fellow of SAE International. He is the co-author of twelve books on power electronics, motor drives and advanced vehicle systems, including Vehicular Electric Power Systems, Marcel Dekker, Inc. 2003 and "Modern Electric Hybrid Vehicles and Fuel Cell Vehicles - Fundamentals, Theory, and Design", CRC Press, 2004. He has over 23 granted or pending US and EC patents. His current research work is in power electronics, motor drives, hybrid vehicles and their control systems.

Dr. Ehsani has been a member of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) AdCom, past Chairman of PELS Educational Affairs Committee, past Chairman of IEEE-IAS Industrial Power Converter Committee and past chairman of the IEEE Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant program. He was the General Chair of IEEE Power Electronics Specialist Conference for 1990. In 2002, he was elected to the Board of Governors of VTS. He is a Fellow of IEEE, an IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Speaker, IEEE Industry Applications Society and Power Engineering Society Distinguished Lecturer. He is also a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Keynote Presentation Title: Electric Vehicle Design and Development Challenges

Speaker: Terry Ericsen, Office of Naval Research, USA

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Keynote Presentation Title: Advanced Electrical Machine/Actuation Systems for Environmentally Friendlier Vehicles

Professor Jiabin Wang
Professor David Howe
Speakers: Jiabin Wang and David Howe
University of Sheffield, UK

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Dr. Jiabin Wang was awarded BEng and MEng degrees by Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, China, in 1982 and 1986 and a PhD by the University of East London, UK, in 1996. From 1986-91, he held Lecturer and Associate Professor positions at Jiangsu University, after which he took up a post-doctoral research post at the University of Sheffield in the UK. From 1996 to 1997 he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London before returning to the University of Sheffield as a Senior Lecturer. His research interests range from motion control to electromagnetic devices and drive systems.

Professor David Howe received BTech and MSc degrees from the University of Bradford in 1966 and 1967, and a PhD from the University of Southampton, in the UK, in 1974. He has held academic posts at Brunel and Southampton Universities, and spent a period in industry working on electromagnetic issues in large turbo-generators. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, where he heads the Electrical Machines and Drives Group and Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives.

Keynote Presentation Title: A European Perspective of Electric Vehicle Research and Developments

Nigel Schofield Speaker: Nigel Schofield, University of Manchester, UK

About the Speaker - Dr. Nigel Schofield joined the Power Conversion Group at the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Electrical drive systems and Mechatronics in July 2004, after spending a number of years at the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer (2001-2004) and RA (1997-2000). He has worked on a diverse range of EPSRC, EC, DTI and industrially funded research projects, researching and realising electrical drive systems for the industrial, automotive, marine and aerospace market sectors. Specifically, high performance electro-mechanical actuation systems for industrial applications, full vehicle concept drive-trains for electric vehicles employing supercapacitor peak power buffers, power dense batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and power dense permanent magnet machines. In the marine sector he has designed drive systems for deep-sea remotely operated vehicles and actuation systems for the calibration of dynamic force sensing equipment. In the aerospace sector he has worked on DTI and EC funded research in electro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic actuation systems for aircraft flight control surfaces and techniques for the reduction of supply distortion due to drive system non-linearities. Dr. Schofield is a Committee member and Senior Vice-Chairman of the South Yorkshire Branch of the IEE, and has lectured on several industrial post-experience courses.

Keynote Presentation Title: Nanotechnology for Automotive Applications

Kaushik Rajashekara Speaker: Kaushik Rajashekara, Delphi Corporation, USA

About the Speaker - Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara received the B.Sc. degree from Bangalore University, India in 1971; B.Eng., M.Eng, and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1974, 1977, and 1983, respectively. From 1977 to 1985, he worked as an Asst. Professor/ Senior Scientific Officer in Indian Institute of Science, and the MBA degree in 1992 from Indiana Wesleyan University, USA. In 1978 and 1984-85, he worked at Asea Brown Boveri, Switzerland, on power electronics systems. In 1982, he was a visiting scientist at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. From 1985 to 1987, he was a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Quebec, Canada, working on Photovoltaic utility interactive systems. From 1987 to 1989, he worked at Viteq Corporation, USA, in the area of uninterrupted power supplies for computers. In July 1989, he joined the Delco Remy division of General Motors, and presently he is the Chief Scientist for Propulsion, Fuel Cell & Energy Systems at Delphi Corporation. He is working on the development of fuel cell based systems for Automotive, Stationary Power, and Aerospace applications.

Dr. Rajashekara has done extensive research in the area of power conversion for Transportation, Propulsion Systems for Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel cell vehicles, and Fuel Cells for Transportation and power generation applications. He has published more than 70 papers. He has 19 patents and 10 more that are pending. In 1999, Dr. Rajashekara was elected to the Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to the advancement of propulsion systems for electric and hybrid vehicles. He was also inducted into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame in 1999. He has given seminars in many universities across Asia and Europe. In addition, Dr. Rajashekara has conducted one-day tutorial courses in various conferences. He has also given invited speeches in several local IEEE Chapters. He is the past Chairman of the Power Electronics Devices and Components committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

Dr. Rajashekara is the co-editor of the IEEE Press book on "Sensorless Control of AC Motor Drives" (1996). He has contributed two chapters on power converters for the "Electrical Engineering Handbook" (CRC Press, 1993), one chapter on "Power Electronics" for the "Engineering Handbook," (CRC Press, 1995), and one chapter on "Power Electronics" for the "Electric Power Engineering Handbook," (CRC Press, 2000).

Keynote Presentation Title: Motor Drives for Military and Aerospace Applications

Speaker: Nicholas J. Nagel, MPC Product Corporation, USA

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