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Power Electronics Industry Collaborative Announces Panelists to Address Perspectives on Workforce Challenges & Opportunities Facing Power Electronics Industry

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The Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC) will present a panel discussion on workforce challenges and opportunities facing the power electronics industry as part of the Special Session program at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo (ECCE), to be held October 1 – 5, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH. Six expert panelists from PEIC’s member companies and industry stakeholders, representing power semiconductor and passive device manufacturers, systems companies, materials suppliers, national labs, and universities will offer their unique perspectives on this timely industry issue.

Based on strong industry input received during its Member Meeting in November 2016 at PowerAmerica, PEIC has been refocusing its efforts to address workforce development opportunities. The upcoming session is part of a new program originated by PEIC’s board of directors to play a key leadership role in overcoming the significant technical staffing challenges currently facing the industry.

“We believe that this discussion about workforce development at a major technical conference like ECCE has the potential to help set the direction for the power electronics industry. Not only to set a path for new engineers and technicians entering the field for the first time, but also to enable the current workforce to advance their skills, expand their overall knowledge, and increase access to industry resources,” said Keith Evans, PEIC President. “We have assembled a diverse cross-section of leading experts from our member companies, academic institutions, and government labs to present their views for this panel session.”

Participants in the 90-minute panel session include both PEIC members and invited speakers on the following topics:
“The Power America Education Program’s Impact on Accelerating WBG Power Electronics Manufacturing,” presented by Victor Veliadis, deputy director & CTO for Power America, a manufacturing institute supported by the U.S Department of Energy and managed by North Carolina State University with a mission to accelerate wide bandgap device technology.

“Coping with Crises: Why You May Need To, and How You Might Access Expertise on a Short-term Basis,” presented by Alex King, director of the Critical Materials Institute, based at The Ames Laboratory. The CMI focuses on technologies to improve the use of materials essential for clean energy and manufacturing, and to find alternatives for materials subject to supply chain disruptions.

“The Power Electronics Skillset Required for Variable Frequency Drive Development,” presented by Rich Lukaszewski, manager of the Power Electronics Group at Rockwell Automation, where he directs new product development for power electronics projects, including low voltage drives.

“Workforce Challenges in the Testing of Power Electronics & Energy Systems,” presented by Elie Naim, technical specialist for vehicle electrification at AVL, the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation, and test engineering of drive systems for passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and large engines.

“Business Trends & Workforce Opportunities in Advanced Electronic Passive Component Manufacturing & Supply,” presented by Ron Demcko, AVX Fellow and manager of the technical sales group for AVX Corporation, which includes developing simulation models for passive components as well as product support and applied development. AVX a leading global manufacturer of a wide range of passive electronic components and interconnect products.

“Challenges & Opportunities in Electrification Technologies for Corporations & Individuals,” presented by Minyu Cai, power electronics engineer in electrification technologies for corporate research & technology at Cummins, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution, and service of diesel and alternative-fueled engines, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets, as well as related components and technology.

The format of the Special Session panel discussion will include a brief question and answer period following each presentation, followed by a group discussion and Q&A with the panelists. The panel will be moderated by David Morrison, editor of How2Power, a leading online information portal created to help power electronics and electrical engineers solve real-world design challenges in power conversion.

About ECCE
The annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE 2017), sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and the IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS), is the world’s leading technical conference and exposition for energy conversion solutions, providing opportunities for practicing industry engineers, researchers, students, and professionals from the broad spectrum of energy conversion to exchange technical knowledge, and develop skills through peer-reviewed technical presentations, special panel sessions, interactive town-hall sessions, tutorials, as well as plenary talks and an exposition. This year ECCE 2017 will be co-located with the IEEE IAS Annual meeting. For complete information on ECCE, please visit:

PEIC Power Electronics Technology Roadmap
PEIC recently completed a comprehensive technology roadmap designed to provide a path for U.S. manufacturers to develop a robust domestic power electronics ecosystem, to identify technology and manufacturing challenges, and to present key strategic recommendations for the U.S. to develop effective solutions to meet the growing demands for efficient power electronics. The full text of the report (~90 pages) is available to PEIC member companies. The full report is also available for purchase by non-members – an executive summary and pricing details are available at PEIC Technology Roadmap.

PEIC Contact
Keith Evans
President, Power Electronics Industry Collaborative
President & CEO, Kyma Technologies, Inc.
919-789-8880 ext. 2222

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