Queen's researcher and innovator recognized by world's largest engineering association
Praveen Jain has been named the 2011 recipient of the William E. Newell Power Electronics Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It is the organization’s highest award in the field of power electronics. Dr. Jain is being honoured for his advancements in the theory and practice of high-frequency power conversion systems.
“This award is highly deserved,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “Dr. Jain’s work has positioned Queen’s as a global leader in power electronics and power conversion research and commercialization. Equally importantly, he has created valuable, hands-on learning opportunities for his students, who are experiencing the challenges and the rewards of helping to move his breakthrough technologies to market.”
Dr. Jain, Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics at Queen’s, President and CEO of PARTEQ spinoff company SPARQ Systems Inc., and Director of the Queen’s University Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER), is a world renowned expert in power electronics and a highly successful serial entrepreneur. He was the founder of CHiL Semiconductor, which was recently sold to International Rectifier for $75 million, and has worked with a wide array of industries, including Ballard Power, Canadian Aeronautics, General Electric, Intel and Nortel Networks.
The IEEE is the world’s largest professional technology advancement association and has 395,000 members in more than 160 countries. The award was presented this week at the Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona.
For more information about the award visit the IEEE website.