Prof. Rik de Doncker, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Prof. Rik W. De Doncker (Fellow, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, in 1986.

In 1987, he joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA, as a Visiting Associate Professor.

After a short stay as an Adjunct Researcher with the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre, Leuven, Belgium, he joined, in 1989, the Corporate Research and Development Center, General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY, USA.

In 1994, he joined Silicon Power Corporation, Malvern, PA, USA, a former division of General Electric, Inc., as the Vice President of Technology.

In 1996, he became a Professor with RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, where he currently leads the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives. Since 2006, he has been the Director of the E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University.

Dr. De Doncker was the President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) in 2005 and 2006. He was the Founding Chairman of the German IEEE Industry Applications Society PELS Joint Chapter. He was the recipient of the IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2002, the IEEE PES Nari Hingorani Custom Power Award in 2008, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award in 2013, and the IEEE Medal in Power Engineering in 2020.(Based on document published on 18 May 2021).

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