Distinguished Lecturers Program


The purpose of the DL program is to strengthen the IES chapters worldwide, and enhance IES membership involvement through interaction with IES professionals who are leading experts in their field of expertise.  The programs provided by the Distinguished Lecturers are also open to the regional industry and young professionals in the area.

General Program Policy

The Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) must be an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the IES Mittelmann Award.  The IES allocates $15,000 per year to support the program, which covers only economy class travel expenses to the lecture venue.  All local expenses must be covered by the IES chapter.  The chapter should endeavor to ensure that the Distinguished Lecturer is able to interact with as many IES and other professionals as possible during each trip, and the DL’s scheduled lecture(s) should include a short presentation on the wide spectrum of the Society’s numerous professional activities. Within a month of the lecture, a report detailing the visit, complete with financial invoices, must be sent to the DL Program Chair and the IES Treasurer. In addition, a short technical report documenting the visit, with photographs if possible, should be sent to the Editor of the IES Magazine, as well as the DL Chair for AdCom reporting requirements.

The DL Request Procedure

IES Chapters interested in taking advantage of the DL Program must adhere to the following procedure, which is a joint effort between the requesting chapter and the Distinguished Lecturer.  

The chapter must contact the specific DL and both agree to request funding for a visit. The chapter must then send a letter to the DL Program Chair, at least two months in advance of the visit, formally requesting the lecture(s) including the date(s), venue and the expected number of IES and other professionals the Distinguished Lecturer may interact with during the trip.  In addition, the letter should include a statement certifying that the chapter will cover all local expenses.

The Distinguished Lecturer must provide the DL Program Chair the Title of the talk and the approximate cost of economy class travel to/from the lecture venue.

The DL Program Chair will be responsible for approving or disapproving the request in a timely manner.

The Distinguished Lecture Committee

The Distinguished Lecture committee consists of the following individuals

  • Professor Gerard Andre’ Capolino
  • Professor Leopoldo Franquelo
  • Professor Okyay Kaynak
  • Professor Kouhei Ohnishi
  • Professor Bogdan M. Wilamowski
  • Professor J. David Irwin, Chair

The Distinguished Lecture List

The program is administered by the DL Program Chair

Professor David Irwin

Prof. David Irwin, Life Fellow


The list of IES Distinguished Lecturer’s includes individuals from throughout the world who are well-known outstanding professionals and recognized experts in their field of interest.  

Photograph and Contact Lecture topics

Prof. Bimal Bose
Prof. Bimal K. BoseLife Fellow, IEEE
DL Program Chair

  • Power converters
  • Motor drives
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Expert system, fuzzy logic, and neural network applications
Profesor Kamal Al-Haddad
Prof. Kamal Al-Haddad, Fellow, IEEE
  • Power electronics technology, active and hybrid filters, power quality design and challenges
  • Modeling, simulation and advanced control of power electronic converters
  • Power electronics for clean network penetration.
  • Case study of industrial power electronics converters for traction systems and other specialized power supply design
Prof. Gerard A. Capolino
Prof. Gerard-Andre Capolino, Fellow, IEEE
  • Electrical machines
  • Electrical drives
  • Condition monitoring and fault detection
  • Diagnostics/prognostics
  • Fault-tolerant electrical machines and drives 
  • Wind turbine generators

Prof. Mo-Yuen Chow
Prof. Mo-Yuen ChowFellow, IEEE

  • Smart/micro grid management
  • Battery modeling, SoC/SoH/SoF estimation
  • Cooperative distributed control
Prof. Leopoldo G. Franquelo
Prof. Leopoldo Garcia Franquelo, Fellow, IEEE
  • Modulation strategy in multilevel converters
  • Renewable energy systems and their interaction with distributed generation
  • Grid integration of PV systems
  • Advances and  trends on multilevel converters
  • Modulation of power converters
  • High power converters - topologies and operation

Prof. K. Gopakumar, Fellow, IEEE

  • Multilevel inverters
  • Inverters with switched capacitive filters
  • Induction motor drives
  • PWM techniques for variable speed drives
  • Multiphase drives
  • Polygonal space vector generation for drives
Prof. Fumio Harashima
Prof. Fumio Harashima, Fellow, IEEE
  • Emerging and future technology
Prof. Joachim Holtz, Life Fellow, IEEE
  • Predictive control 
  • Sensorless induction motor control
  • Sensorless PM synchronous motor control
  • Analysis of induction motor spatial transients
  • Energy efficiency for variable speed drives
  • Reduced dv/dt and di/dt in IGBTs 
  • Synchronous optimal multilevel PWM
Prof. Okyay Kaynak
Prof. Okyay Kaynak, Life Fellow, IEEE
  • Mechatronics
  • Intelligent systems
  • Science, technology, and industry
Prof. Marian Kazmierkowski
Prof. Marian P. Kazmierkowski, Fellow, IEEE
  • Power converters for RES
  • Motor drives for EV
  • Contactless energy transfer
  • Model predictive control

Prof. Ramu Krishnan
Prof. Ramu Krishnan, Life Fellow, IEEE

  • Entrepreneurship in power electronics and motor drives
  • Future of motor drives
  • R&D trends in SRM drives
  • R&D trends in PMSM drives
  • Linear SRM drives and their applications
  • High-efficiency control of motor drive systems
Prof. Ren C. Luo
Prof. Ren C. Luo, Fellow, IEEE, IET
  • Intelligent robotics
  • Intelligent manufacturing and automation
  • Multisensor fusion and control
  • 3D Printing technology
Prof. Kouhei Ohnishi
Prof. Kouhei Ohnishi
, Fellow, IEEE
  • Motion control
  • Haptics
  • Medical mechatronics
Prof. Bogdan M. Wilamowski
Prof. Bogdan M. Wilamowski, Life Fellow, IEEE
  • Solid-state devices
  • Intelligent systems
  • Learning algorithms
  • Analog and digital electronics
  • Neural and fuzzy systems

Prof. X. Yu
Prof. Xinghuo Yu, Fellow, IEEE

  • Control systems engineering
  • Intelligent systems engineering
  • Complex systems and networks
  • Smart grids