Plenary Session – Panel 2


Session Title: Reliability Challenges in high density power electronics design

Time: 3:40 PM – 5:10 PM on February 4, 2021


Emerging and evolving applications of power electronics, including electric vehicles, aerospace systems, and renewable energy systems, typically demand power converters with high power density. The newly emerged Wide Bandgap (WBG) semiconductor devices have shown a promising potential to address this requirement by providing the capability of high frequency operation. A key prerequisite, however, is the reliable performance of these WBG-based power converters. A reliable power electronics design is perceived as a design with high availability, low failure rates, and low maintenance costs. The honorable panelists in this plenary session have extensive expertise on reliable power electronics design and have made significant contributions to this field. They will discuss effective approaches to develop reliable and high density power electronics systems.


  • Dr. Alex Hanson(Assistant Professor – University of Texas at Austin)


  • Dr. Alan Mantooth (Distinguished Professor – University of Arkansas)
  • Dr. Thomas Jahns (Grainger Professor of Power – University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Dr. Hans Stork (Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer – ON Semi)
  • Dr. Sreekant Narumanchi (Group Manager of the Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines Group, NREL)


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