In the fresh new year 2017, NTU EEE Assoc Prof Josep Pou was elevated by the IEEE Board of Directors to “IEEE Fellow”, with the following citation:
For contributions to multilevel converters and renewable energy conversion
Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to the title of “IEEE Fellow”. The IEEE Fellow distinction is conferred to select IEEE members whose record of extraordinary achievements – in any of the IEEE fields of interest – is recognised.
It is the highest grade of membership in the IEEE and less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.
We find out more from Prof Pou about his background, work and views on earning the IEEE Fellow title:
How do you feel & who would you like to thank?
“I feel proud and elated for being promoted to IEEE Fellow. I have worked hard my entire career and I consider this a rewarding outcome that I have achieved. I have been fortunate enough to be advised by very wise people during my career. I would like to thank Professor Dushan Boroyevich who mentored me during the two sabbatical years I visited the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) in Virginia Tech, USA; and also Professor Vassilios G. Agelidis who helped me to boost my career during my time in the Australian Energy Research Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. I would also like to thank Professor Jose Rodriguez from the Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile for trusting and helping me throughout these years. I would also like to express my deep appreciation to my close collaborators, such as, Salvador Ceballos, Jordi Zaragoza, Gabriel Capella, and Georgios Konstantinou.
I would like to especially thank my wife, Montse, and my children, Laura and Oleguer, for their help and understanding for the time my work has taken from them.”
Why do you think you were bestowed the “IEEE Fellow” title?
“I have been recognised as IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Multilevel Converters and Renewable Energy Conversion. I have contributed to the field of power electronics, especially to the modulation and control of multilevel converters, as well as renewable energy conversion and integration with the electricity grid through grid-connected converters. My main contributions are documented in over 80 journal papers, 150 conference papers and 7 patents. I am the recipient of 8 fellowship and scholarship awards, including the prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship given by the Australian Government.”
What are some of the things you look forward to as an IEEE Fellow now?
“I look forward to further research success. My main target is to establish a strong research team on power electronics and applications in NTU EEE! I would like to lead and advise younger researchers and help them to succeed in their careers.
I just joined NTU EEE last September so I am still adapting myself to the new environment. It was a big change for me at the beginning, but now I am starting to feel great working in NTU and Singapore in general. I have a substantial number of ambitions and I am confident that I will succeed here.
Curiosity and technical challenges attracted me to engineering and to research/academia. I love understanding how things work and why. Other important ingredients to my successes have been continual passion for what I do and most definitely hard work.”
What are your proudest accomplishments?
“I have proposed novel modulation algorithms and capacitor voltage balancing techniques for multilevel converters. I have introduced novel fault-tolerant multilevel converter topologies, and contributed to the understanding of the modular multilevel converter. I have also proposed synchronisation methods to extract positive and negative sequences from unbalanced and distorted grid voltages, control techniques for the integration of wind and solar photovoltaic power plants with the electricity grid, and improved the operation of power converters with legs connected in parallel.
I have published my research in top journals in my area of research and most of my papers are high cited. It is always exciting to see that some of the techniques I have proposed are studied by other researchers, and also implemented and used by industry.
Finally, I feel satisfied and proud to be able to help my students and collaborators to progress in their careers.”
What EEE-related projects are you currently involved in?
“I am co-director of the Electrical Power Systems Integration Lab at NTU EEE (EPSIL@N), which is the Rolls-Royce electrical lab on campus. Most of the projects I am involved in EPSIL@N are in the areas of future more-electrical aircraft and vessels. Additionally, my start-up grant is focused on achieving more compact and reliable power electronic converters for several applications, including power quality, high-voltage DC (HVDC) transmission and electricity generation from renewable sources. I am also working on the challenges that the electrical systems will face in the near future such as further integration of renewable sources, electrical vehicles and solving power quality issues.”
What are the future challenges you think all students will face?
“Changes, we live in constantly changing societies and students should have the background and capacity to adapt to the future changes. In my opinion, educating our students to have criterion, to possess good judgment capabilities and common sense are even more important than knowing the latest technologies.”
How do you motivate your students?
“I tell my students that engineering is very important in contributing to the evolution of our societies and hence engineers will have important roles in helping to define the future. I also tell them that by working hard, one always gets paid back.”
Published on: 1-June-2017