Ehsani receives IEEE Outstanding Service Award

Dr. Mehrdad Ehsani has received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Outstanding Service Award at the 2009 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference "in recognition of founding and providing outstanding leadership for the IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference."Dr. Mehrdad Ehsani (left) receives the IEEE Outstanding Service Award.Ehsani founded the Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC) in 2001 as an annual conference jointly sponsored by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and IEEE Power Electronics Society. Since then, VPPC has become one of the most prestigious conferences in vehicular electro technology in the world.Ehsani, the Robert M. Kennedy '26 Professor II in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Texas Applied Power Electronics Consortium (TAPC), joined the electrical and computer engineering department in 1981. He has received more than 100 awards and recognitions from IEEE and other programs.Ehsani is the first Fellow of both IEEE and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is a pioneer in several power electronics technologies and he developed an entire family of converters for superconducting magnets and their applications for which he later wrote a book on this topic in 1988. Ehsani also developed an entire area of advanced switched reluctance motor (SRM) drives, for which he is internationally known. His original ideas, patents and publications in sensorless control of SRM drives, their noise and vibration control and their vehicle traction applications, led this field. His work in SRM and permanent magnet (PM) motor drives stimulated an entire genre of research in sensorless motor controls.More recently, Ehsani is a pioneer in the development of the power electronic systems of modern electric and hybrid electric vehicles. His design methodologies, drives and control architectures have been widely adopted by the industry and referenced in other research and publications. One of his books on the topic, Modern Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles - Fundamentals, Theory, and Design (CRC Press, 2008), is in second edition and is an international best seller as the standard book for engineers and academics and is translated into Chinese. He also has produced other books, publications, patents, IEEE and industrial short courses on the topic.Ehsani also was the founder of one of the first university power electronics teaching and research programs in the U.S. in 1981. This program at Texas A&M is internationally known and is emulated by many including its graduates who are now well-known professors. In 2003 he was selected for IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award "for outstanding contributions to advanced curriculum development and teaching of power electronics and drives." He holds several professorship titles at Texas A&M and other universities, including an endowed chair at Texas A&M. His lectures and extension courses in power electronics, motor drives, and EV/HEV are internationally known.Ehsani was instrumental in the formation of the Power Electronics Society and served on the founding PELS AdCom, on which he still serves. He has served on many other leadership positions at IEEE-PELS, IAS and VTS, and he serves on the Board of Governors of IEEE-VTS.Ehsani is a consultant to more than 50 companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia that span the entire power electronics, motor drives and vehicle industry in the world. For example he was instrumental in the advancement of SRM applications by Emerson Electric Company, the C-Dump converter by GE and many others.He has a long list of original contributions to the technology and applications of power electronics that spans more than three decades. He is recognized as a leading academic in the field, with more than 300 publications, 13 books and book chapters, more than 20 patents, an IEEE Standards book and numerous short courses and lectures worldwide.Written by Deana Totzke,