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) are normally IES members who are IEEE Fellows from throughout the world whose documented technical activities are IES-centric and who are well-known outstanding professionals and recognized experts in their field of interest. The IES leadership allocates money each year to support the program, which covers only economy class travel expenses to/from 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 members and other professionals as possible during each trip, and the DL’s scheduled lecture(s), when possible, 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 including photographs, which document the visit, should be sent to the Editor of the IES Magazine, as well as the DL Chair for AdCom reporting requirements. A recorded video of the DL (within one hour in length) without the questions and answering period should be sent to the multimedia team after the event.  

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. A request form is required to be submitted at least two months before the event and a follow-up form is required to submit within one month after the event. The DL Program Chair will send the forms once a letter of intent is received.

The Distinguished Lecture Committee

The Distinguished Lecture committee consists of the following individuals

  • Ya-Jun Pan - Chair
  • Dave Irwin
  • Kamal Al–Haddad
  • Xinghuo Yu
  • Mo-Yuen Chow
  • K. Gopakumar

The Distinguished Lecture List

The program is administered by the DL Program Chair

Prof. Ya-Jun Pan


Past DL Program Chair

Professor David Irwin

Prof. David Irwin, Life Fellow


As indicated in the General Program Policy statement, the list of potential Distinguished Lecturers is quite large. However, a partial listing of Distinguished Lecturers, who have provided lectures in the recent past, is shown below.

Photograph and Contact Lecture topics
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/microgrid management
  • Battery modeling, SoC/SoH/SoF estimation
  • Cooperative distributed control
Prof. Leopoldo G. Franquelo
Prof. Leopoldo Garcia Franquelo, Life 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
  • Lifetime estimation and extension 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. 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, Life Fellow, IEEE

  • Recent Advances in Science, Technology, and Industry
  • Intelligent Systems Engineering
  • Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Industrial Applications of AI
  • AI-Empowered Education and Training


Prof. Yang Shi, Fellow, IEEE

  • Networked and distributed control
  • Model predictive control
  • Intelligent mechatronics and robotics
  • Industrial Cyber-physical systems

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

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


Prof. Kumar Venayagamoorthy, Fellow, IEEE

  • Distributed AI for Smart Grid Operations
  • AI based Operations and Control of Electric Vehicles for Optimal Grid Transactions
  • Digital Twins and AI for Renewable Energy Systems


Prof. Sheldon Williamson, Fellow, IEEE

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applications for Transportation Electrification
  • Wireless Autonomous Charging for E-mobility
  • Power Converters for DC Fast Charging
  • PV-Solar Integrated Chargers
  • Battery testing and advanced battery modeling
  • Digital-twin-based smart battery management systems