Prof. Katherine A. Kim Receives the IEEE PELS Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award

It has been announced that Prof. Katherine A. Kim is the recipient of the IEEE PELS Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award for 2019. She is cited ” for contributions to differential power processing converter techniques for photovoltaic applications .” She is honored to have received the award and would like to thank her students for their hard work, mentors for their advice, and family for their unwavering support. She will receive the award at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo 2019 in early October.

Attended ICPE 2019-ECCE Asia in Busan, Korea

Prof. Katherine A. Kim and M.S. student Bo-Kyung Yoon attended the International Conference on Power Electronics (ICPE 2019-ECCE Asia) in Busan, Korea, on May 27-30. 2019. On Monday, May 27, Prof. Kim gave a tutorial with Prof. Jeehoon Jung (UNIST, Korea), Prof. Yu-Chen Liu (National Ilan University, Taiwan), and Ching-Jan Chen (National Taiwan University, Taiwan) on “High-Frequency Power Converter Design: Magnetics, Gate Driver, Control, and EMI”.

Tutorial at ICPE 2019-ECCE Asia

On Tuesday, May 28, Prof. Kim served as a Session Chair for the “TuB3: PV System for Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Systems I” technical session. On Wednesday, May 29, M.S. student Seungbin Park (UNIST, Korea) presented a collaboration paper entitled ” Design Methodology of Bidirectional Flyback Converter for Differential Power Processing Modules in PV Applications”.

Seungbin Park (UNIST, Korea) presenting ” Design Methodology of Bidirectional Flyback Converter for Differential Power Processing Modules in PV Applications”

On Thursday, May 30, M.S. student Bo-Kyung Yoon presented an energy harvesting paper entitled “Realistic Circuit Modeling Using Derating Factors for Triboelectric Nanogenerators in Energy Harvesting Applications”. Prof. Kim also organized and ran the Young Researcher’s Activity – Mentorship Dinner on Tuesday, May 28 and the Women in Engineering Luncheon on Wednesday, May 29. Both events served as important networking and mentorship opportunities for young researchers and women in power electronics. The speaker for the Women in Engineering Luncheon was Prof. Meiqin Mao, Hefei University of Technology, who shared her experience as an educator and researcher in power electronics and renewable energy. Prof. Kim also served as a Vice Chair for the Technical Program Committee of ICPE 2019-ECCE Asia.

Women in Engineering Luncheon featuring Prof. Meiqin Mao (Hefei University of Technology, China)

IEEE Conference: ICPE 2019-ECCE Asia

Seungbin Park , Mina Kim , Hoejeong Jeong , Katherine A. Kim , Taewon Kim , A-Rong Kim , and Jee-Hoon Jung, “Design Methodology of Bidirectional Flyback Converter for Differential Power Processing Modules in PV Applications,” in Proc. International Conference on Power Electronics – ECCE Asia, May 2019. (IEEE Xplore Link)

Attended WiPDA-Asia in Taipei, Taiwan

Prof. Katherine A. Kim attended the IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in Asia (WiPDA-Asia) in Taipei, Taiwan, on May 23-25. 2019. On Saturday, May 25, Ph. D. student Yong-Long Syu (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan) presented a collaboration paper on “High Switching Frequency TCM Control for Bidirectional Interleaved Buck Converter Without Phase Error for Battery Charging” during the poster session.

Yong-Long Syu and Prof. Katherine A. Kim presenting their poster on “High Switching Frequency TCM Control for Bidirectional Interleaved Buck Converter Without Phase Error for Battery Charging”

Prof. Kim also served as a session chair for the “Oral 1 Application” technical session on Friday, May 24. She was also the Publications Chair for WiPDA-Asia 2019.

IEEE Conference: WiPDA-Asia 2019

Yu-Chen Liu, Yong-Long Syu, Kai-De Chen, Chen Chen, Katherine A. Kim, Huang-Jen Chiu, “High Switching Frequency TCM Control for Bidirectional Interleaved Buck Converter Without Phase Error for Battery Charging,” in Proc. IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in Asia, May 2019. (IEEE Xplore link coming soon)

Presented Paper at APEC 2019

At the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) 2019, in Anaheim, CA, USA, Selin Bagci presented her paper on “Low-Power Photovoltaic Energy Harvesting With Parallel Differential Power Processing Using a SEPIC” during the T40 Power Electronics Applications Session on March 21, 2019. Selin is a previous PEARS undergraduate intern and current MS student at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Congratulations to Selin on her first major conference presentation.

Prof. Katherine A. Kim (김예린,金藝璘)

Dr. Katherine A. Kim received the B.S. degree in Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2007. She received the M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in ECE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Areas of research include power electronics, converter modeling and control, photovoltaic differential power processing systems, photovoltaic panel modeling, and energy harvesting applications.

Dr. Kim received the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship in 2010 and Graduate Research Fellowship in 2011 from the U.S. National Science Foundation. She also received the Outstanding Teaching Award from UNIST in 2015 and the Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) in 2019. Since 2017, she has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. For IEEE PELS, she served as the Student Membership Chair in 2013-2014, PELS Member-At-Large for 2016-2018, and PELS Women in Engineering Chair in 2018-2019.

ORCID: 0000-0001-9144-1001

Google Scholar: Katherine A. Kim

Hoejeong Jeong (정회정) – M.S.

Hoejeong Jeong received the B.S degree in ECE from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in 2017. She majored in Electrical Engineering and System Design. She graduated with the M.S. degree in ECE from UNIST in February 2019. Her research interests are energy harvesting for wearable devices, GaN transistors, and DPP systems.

ORCID: 0000-0001-7468-7990

Papers:

Hoejeong Jeong, Hyunji Lee, Yu-Chen Liu and Katherine A. Kim, “Review of Differential Power Processing Converter Techniques for Photovoltaic Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.

Hoejeong Jeong, Hyeun-Tae Cho, Taewon Kim, Yu-Chen Liu and Katherine A. Kim, “A Scalable Unit Differential Power Processing System Design for Photovoltaic Applications,” in Proc. IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electron., June 2018, pp. 1-8.

Selin Bagci – M.S. Student (Co-Advisee)

Selin Bagci received the B.S. degree in ECE from UNIST in 2018. She is currently a Master’s student in the Electrical Engineering Department at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Her research interests are in dc-dc converter development and control for photovoltaic energy harvesting applications.

Invited Seminar at National Ilan University, Yilan, Taiwan

Prof. Katherine A. Kim gave a seminar entitled “Enabling Solar Photovoltaic Energy for Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) Applications” at National Ilan University, Yilan, Taiwan. Prof. Kim was invited by Prof. Yu-Chen Liu of the Electrical Engineering Department of National Ilan University.

Prof. Kim giving a seminar at NIU
Question and answer session after seminar at NIU
Group picture of seminar attendees