Honors 2020: Rik W. De Doncker wins the IEEE Power Engineering Medal & Frede Blaabjerg wins the IEEE Edison Medal

The 2020 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering is given for outstanding contributions to the technology associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, application, and utilization of electric power for the betterment of society, sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications, Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics, and Power & Energy Societies, is presented to RIK DE DONCKER “For contributions to high-power and energy-conversion technologies.”

The 2020 IEEE EDISON MEDAL, for a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering or the electrical arts, sponsored by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., to FREDE BLAABJERG, “For contributions to and leadership in power electronics, developing a sustainable society.”


Rik De Doncker gained his doctorate in electrical engineering with the highest distinction in 1986 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Over the following years, research grants and guest professorships took him to the University of Wisconsin in Madison as well as to the Interuniversity Microelectronic Center (IMEC) in Leuven. Further positions followed, both in industry and universities, including a position as a senior scientist at GE Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady/New York. He also held the position of Vice President of the Silicone Power Cooperation in Malvern/Pennsylvania. In 1996, Rik De Doncker came to the RWTH Aachen as a professor and head of the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA). In 2006 he was appointed as director of the E.ON Energy Research Center, which is also located at the RWTH Aachen. In addition to his activities in teaching and research, Rik De Doncker carries out important functions for organisations. Among other things, he is a member of the board of directors of the Power Engineering Society within the Electrical Engineering Association (VDE). He has also held management positions in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a member of the Executive Council of the European Power Electronics and Drives Association ((EPE).


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Frede Blaabjerg was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator. He is honoris causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania and Tallinn Technical University (TTU) in Estonia. His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives. He has published more than 600 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He is the co-author of four monographs and editor of ten books in power electronics and its applications.


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