Power Electronics on the Cutting Edge: From Clean Energy to Wireless Powering of Vehicles


Booker Conference Suite #2512, EBU1, Jacobs Hall

Sponsored By:
Prof. Truong Nguyen

Dr. Khurram Afridi
Khurram Afridi


Performance improvements in power electronics coupled with expanded use can lead to dramatic reductions in energy consumption and curtail greenhouse gas emissions. However, this will require power electronics technology that is well beyond current capabilities in terms of efficiency, size, reliability and cost. Using examples from my group’s research on power electronic converters and systems that aim to achieve these goals, this talk will highlight the opportunities and challenges at the cutting edge of power electronics. One focus of the talk will be on new power electronic converter architectures that target high power densities and high efficiencies for wide operating range applications, such as solar micro-inverters, telecom power supplies, building-level dc distribution and LED lighting. Another focus of the talk will be on power electronic enabled capacitive wireless power transfer systems suitable for powering electric vehicles from the roadway. The talk will also identify directions for future work in the area of high performance power electronic converters and systems.

Speaker Bio:
KHURRAM AFRIDI is an Assistant Professor of ECEE and the Goh Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder. He received the BS degree in EE from Caltech (1989), and SM (1992) and PhD (1998) degrees in EECS from MIT. His research interests are in power electronics and energy systems incorporating power electronic controls. Prior to joining CU Boulder he was a visiting faculty at MIT's EECS Department (2009-2013) and the COO (2000-2010) and CTO (1997-2000) of Techlogix. From 2004 to 2008 he led the development of LUMS School of Science and Engineering (SSE) as Project Director. He has also worked for JPL, Lutron, Philips, and Schlumberger. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and was the Technical Program Committee (TPC) chair for the IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference (WPTC) 2015. He received the Carnation Merit Award from Caltech (1988), the BMW Scientific Award from BMW AG (1999), the Werner-von-Siemens Chair for Power Electronics from LUMS SSE (2008), the Dean’s Professional Progress Award from CU Boulder (2015), the ECEE Department Outstanding Overall Performance Award from CU Boulder (2016), and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award from NSF (2016). He is co-author of four IEEE prize papers.