Every year, Prof. Katherine A. Kim teaches a power electronics course. As part of the course, there is a photo contest. The photos for the Fall 2019 Introduction to Power Electronics has been posted and are open for voting.
On November 25, she chaired the tutorials entitled “Multi‐Cell & Multi-Level Power Converters ‐ A Way to Go Beyond the Limits” by Prof. Petar J. Grbović from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and the tutorial entitled “Recent Advances in Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines for Applications in Automotive and Renewable Energy Systems” by Dr. Rukmi Dutta and Prof. Faz Rahman, from the University of New South Wales, Australia. On November 27, Prof. Kim also served as a chair for Technical Session 22 (C2‐RET3): Renewable Energy Technologies 3.
On Saturday, October 26, undergraduate student Ting-Yu Lin (National Ilan University, Taiwan) presented collaboration work on “Measurement and Analysis Procedure for Power Profiles in Wearable Photovoltaic Applications” during the poster session.
Prof. Katherine A. Kim attended the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition in Baltimore, MD, USA, on September 29 – October 28, 2019. Prof. Kim served on the organizing committee as one of the Women in Engineering (WIE) Chairs.
On September 30, Prof. Jin Ye (University of Georgia, USA), Prof. Norma Anglani (University of Pavia, Italy), and Prof. Kim organized the ECCE 2019 Women in Engineering Event. The event held a panel on the role of women in Energy Conversion Systems, with panelists from academia and industry in the US and worldwide.
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.
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”.
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.
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. Katherine A. Kim was elevated to IEEE Senior Member, within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), in July 2018. For IEEE Senior Member grade, the applicant can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. If you have over 10 years of professional experience (graduate school counts as professional experience) and have significant performance over 5 years (usually as a professor or engineering professional), you can apply.
Prof. Kim is most active in the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS). She served as the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) Student Membership Chair in 2012-2013, PELS Member-At-Large for 2016-2018, and PELS Women In Engineering Co-Chair in 2018. Starting from 2017, she became an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. Prof. Kim plans to continue contributing to the Power Electronics field through her research, educational videos, and service to the power electronics community. She would like to thank all her advisers and mentors through the years for their guidance and support.
The PEARS Lab attended the Korean Institution of Power Electronics (KIPE) 2018 Annual Conference (전력전자학술대회), July 3-6, 2018, in Hoengseong, Gangwon-do, Korea. The group enjoyed listening to technical sessions and trying the local cuisine of Hoengseong Korean beef.
On Tuesday, July 3, Prof. Katherine Kim also helped Prof. Seong-Mi Park of Korea Lift College and Prof. Kyung-Hee Han of Halla University organize the first KIPE Women Power Electronics Engineers Meeting. The event featured talks by Prof. Soyeon Kim of the Republic of Korea Naval Academy, Seo-Hyun Yeo a PhD student at Chonnam National University, and Dr. Hwi-Il Sun of the Korean Energy Research Institute (KERI). It was an important mentorship and networking opportunity for women in power electronics in Korea.
Prof. Katherine Kim and graduate student Hoejeong Jeong attended COMPEL 2018 on June 25-28 in Padova, Italy. On Tuesday, June 26, Hoejeong Jeong presented the paper on “A Scalable Unit Differential Power Processing System Design for Photovoltaic Applications” at the Galileo Galilei Main Hall in Palazzo Bo. A job well done presenting important research on new PV differential power processing applications. Hoejeong Jeong also received a Student Travel Grant to attend COMPEL.
Prof. Kim also served as a session chair for session “23G4 Renewable Energy and Storage Applications” and “21B2 Dual Active Bridge Converters” at ICPE 2018-ECCE Asia. All attendees enjoyed the excellent conference and delicious Japanese food.
Prof. Kim Co-Chaired a Technical Session on “Piezotronics/Tribotronics for Sensors, MEMS and NEMS 1” on Thursday, May 10 and gave talk entitled “Implementation Considerations for Low-power Energy Conversion Circuitry in Triboelectric Nanogenerator Energy Harvesting Applications” on Friday, May 11.
Undergraduate intern Bo-Kyung Yoon presented a poster on “Circuit Modeling of a Three-plate Triboelectric Nanogenerator with Ground System for Energy Harvesting” on Friday, May 11. Attending NGPT 2018 was a great opportunity to learn more about transducers and better understand how to develop better power circuitry for energy harvesting.
Prof. Katherine A. Kim and undergraduate student intern Bo-Kyung Yoon attended the IEEE Seoul Section Student Paper Contest 2017 at Hongik University, Seoul, Korea. Bo-Kyung presented her paper on “Circuit Modeling of a Three-Plate Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Energy Harvesting” at the competition (picture below). As one of the few undergraduate students in the competition, she presented and took questions on her research at the same level as the graduate students in the competition. A job well done.