Dr. Bimal K. Bose

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Bimal K. Bose (Life Fellow, IEEE) 

Emeritus Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering

IEEE Life Fellow & Member of US National Academy of Engineering

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA 


Bimal K. Bose (Life Fellow, IEEE) is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. He was Endowed Chair Professor (Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics) at the University of Tennessee from 1987 until 2003, where he was responsible to organize power electronics education and research program. Concurrently, he was the Distinguished Scientist (1990-1992) and the Chief Scientist (1987-1989) of EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Power Electronics Applications Center (PEAC) in Knoxville, TN, USA. Prior to that, he was a Research Engineer in General Electric Corporate Research and Development (GE-CRD) (now GE Global Research Center), Schenectady, NY, USA during 1976 to 1987. From 1971 to 1976, he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA.

He received the B.E. degree from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), India, in 1956, the M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA, in 1960, and the Ph.D. degree from Calcutta University, India, in 1966.

He is recognized as world-renowned authority and pioneer in power electronics for his many research contributions that include high frequency link power conversion, advanced control techniques by microcomputers, invention of transistor ac power switch for matrix converters, adaptive hysteresis-band current control, artificial intelligence applications in power electronics, etc.

He has authored/edited eight books in Power Electronics: Power Electronics in Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grid (Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE Press/Wiley, 2019) (Under publication) , Power Electronics and Motor Drives – Advances and Trends (New York, NY, USA: Academic Press, 2006), Modern Power Electronics and AC Drives (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA: Prentice-Hall, 2001), Power Electronics and Variable Frequency Drives (Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE Press/Wiley,1997), Modern Power Electronics (Piscataway, NJ, USA, IEEE Press, 1992), Microcomputer Control of Power Electronics and Drives (Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE Press, 1987), Power Electronics and AC Drives (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA: Prentice-Hall, 1986) Power Electronics and AC Drive Systems (Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE Press, 1982). He holds 21 U. S. Patents and authored more than 260 papers.  

Dr. Bose received the IEEE Power Electronics Society Newell Award (2005), the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), the IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education (1997), the IEEE Lamme Gold Medal (1996), the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Dr. Eugene Mittellmann Achievement Award (for lifetime achievement) (1994), the IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award (1994), the Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award (1993), the GE Silver Patent Medal (1986), the GE Publication Award (1985), Calcutta University Mouat Gold Medal (1970), and Honoray Professorship of Shanghai University, China University of Mining and Technology, X’an Mining Institute and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He also received the IIEST Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), the IIEST Distinguished Alumnus Award (2006), the D. Sc. Degree (Honoris Causa) from IIEST (2013), Distinguished Lecturership of IAS and IES, and a number of prize paper awards. He is an elected member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering. The IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine published a special issue (June 2009) “Honoring Bimal Bose and celebrating His Contributions in Power Electronics” with a cover photo. The IES Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award was established in 2014, which was funded by the IEEE Foundation and the IEEE IE Society.

Dr. Bose served the IEEE in various capacities, including Member of the IEEE Awards Board, Chairman of IEEE Medal in Power Engineering Committee, Chairman of the IEEE IES Power Electronics Council, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Industrial Electronics, Member of the IEEE Fellow Committee, Vice-Chair of IEEE Medals Council, and Member of the Proceedings of the IEEE Editorial Board (1995-2006). He was the Guest Editor of the Proc. IEEE Special Issues on “Power Electronics in Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Systems” (November 2017) and “Power Electronics and Motion Control” (August 1994).