Prof. Alireza Khaligh

Alireza KhalighDirector, Maryland Power Electronics Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland at College Park

Brief Biography
Prof. Alireza Khaligh is the Director of the Maryland Power Electronics Laboratory (MPEL) at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) in the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP). Prior to UMCP, he was an Assistant Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and also a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Prof. Khaligh’s major research interests include modeling, analysis, design, and control of power electronic converters. He is an author/co-author of more than 130 journal and conference papers as well as two books including Energy Harvesting: Solar, Wind, and Ocean Energy Conversion Systems (CRC Press, Dec. 2009), and Integrated Power Electronics Converters and Digital Control (CRC Press, May 2009). His work and research accomplishments have been recognized extensively by his peers.

He is the recipient of various recognition including the 2015 Inaugural Junior Faculty Fellowship from ISR, 2013 George Corcoran Memorial Award from the ECE Department of UMCP, a three times recipient (2015, 2013, 2012) of the Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Awards from IEEE Vehicular Electronics Society (VTS), 2010 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, and 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT.

Prof. Khaligh was the General Chair of the 2013 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Dearborn, MI. He was the Program Chair of the 2015 IEEE Applied Power Electronic Conference and Expo (APEC), Assistant Program Chair of the 2014 APEC, and the Grants & Awards Chair for the 2012-2013 APEC. Prof. Khaligh was also the Program Chair of the 2011 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Chicago, IL and the Program Co-Chair of the 2012 ITEC, Dearborn, MI.

 Prof. Khaligh is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification. Prof. Khaligh was a Guest Editor for the Special Section of IEEE TVT on Sustainable Transportation Systems, a Guest Associate Editor for the Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics on Transportation Electrification and Vehicle Systems, a Guest Editor for Special Section of IEEE TVT on Vehicular Energy Storage Systems and also a Guest Editor for Special Section of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics on Energy Harvesting. Prof. Khaligh is a member of the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) University Resources. Prof. Khaligh is a Member of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), Industry Applications Society (IAS), Industrial Electronics Society (IES), IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), and IEEE Education Society.

Prof. Khaligh is the General Chair of the 2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronic Conference and Expo (APEC) in Long Beach, CA, the most Premier Conference in Applied Power Electronics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.