The IEMDC 2021 program will feature:

Keynote Sessions

Current Status and Future Plans for Electric Motors and Drives at NASA

Rodger Dyson – Hybrid Gas Electric Propulsion Technical Lead | NASA

Power Electronics Technologies for Electrified Vehicles

Hiroshi Ukegawa -Senior Manager, Power Electronics Research Group | Toyota Research Institute of North America

Electrification in Carrier

Hanjong Kim – Director, Power Electronics & Electrical Architecture Carrier, United Technology

Offshore Wind – The Next Maritime Industry

Kenneth Bowes – Vice President | Eversource Energy

How Intelligent Switched Reluctance Motor Systems are Unlocking Our Sustainable Future

Piyush Desai – Vice President & Co-Founder | Turntide Technologies

Flux Modulation Machines – Innovation & Beyond

Ronghai Qu – Vice Dean & Professor | Huazhong University of Science and Technology


A diverse portfolio of speakers are planned for IEMDC 2021

Superconducting Synchronous Machines For Torque-Dense Applications

David Torrey – Senior Principal Engineer in the Electrical Systems: GE Research

Model Predictive Control Of High Power Converters And Industrial Drives

Tobias Geyer – R&D Platform Manager – ABB Medium-Voltage Drives, Switzerland

EMI in Motor Drive Systems

Lei Xing – Staff Engineer – Raytheon Technologies Research Center

Non-Contact Magnetic Gears and Magnetically Geared Machines: Operating Principles, Design Considerations, and Applications

Matthew Johnson – US Army Research Laboratory – Energy & Power Division

Matthew C. Gardner – Assistant Professor – University of Texas at Dallas

Hamid Toliyat – Endowed Professor – Texas A&M University

Motor Research at MIT

James Kirtley – Professor – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

High Efficiency and High Power Density Integrated Motor Drives Using Wide Bandgap Power Electronics

Bulent Sarlioglu – Associate Professor – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thomas Jahns – Grainger Professor – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Advanced Variable-Flux Permanent Magnet Machines for Wide-Speed-Range Applications

Hui Yang – Associate Professor – Southeast University

Shuangxia Niu – Associate Professor – Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Industry Sessions

Ansys Solutions for Electric Machine and Drives

Speaker – Pavani Gottipati

  • The panel topics below are planned involving 4-5 industry experts with specialties in a selected topic area. Each panelist will be given 20 minutes to present with 30 minutes of Q&A at the end.

Switched Reluctance Machines: Technology, Advances, and Applications

Panel organizer: Piyush Desai – Turntide Technologies


  • Prof. Tom Jahns – University of Wisconsin – Madison
    • Babak Fahimi – University of Texas at Dallas
    • Akira Chiba – Tokyo Institute of Technology
    • Rik W. De Doncker – RWTH Aachen University

Motor Drives for Robotics and Industrial Automation

Panel organizer: Arijit Banerjee


  • Arda Tüysüz – ABB
  • Elliott Rouse – University of Michigan
  • Joao Ramos – University of Illinois

Machines and Drives for Electrified Aircraft Propulsion

  • Panel organizer: Kiruba Haran
  • Panelists:
    • Xin Wu
    • Carlos Roberto Ilario
    • Christian Donadille
    • Ralph Jansen

Advances in Land Transportation Electrification

  • Panel organizer: Lakshmi Varaha Iyer – Magna International
  • Panelists:
    • Brij Singh – John Deere
    • Bruno Lequesne – Consultant
    • Burak Ozpineci – Oak Ridge National Lab
    • Uday Deshpande –  D&V Electronics

Material Gaps Required to Realize Reliable Implementation of Marine Electrification – High Frequency Magnetics

  • Panel organizer: Lynn Petersen – ONR
  • Panelists
    • Steven Glover – Sandia National Lab
    • Dale Huber – Sandia National Lab
    • Ravisekhar Raju – Fastwatt LLC
    • Vince Harris – Northeastern University

Material Gaps Required to Realize Reliable Implementation of Marine Electrification – Insulation

  • Panel organizer: Lynn Petersen – ONR
  • Panelists
    • Chris Dafis – NSWC-Philadelphia
    • Yang Cao – UCONN
    • Riccardo Casalini – Naval Research Lab
    • Giancarlo Montanari –Florida State University
    • Dana Delisle

Young Professionals in Engineering

  • Panel organizer: Edvina Zunovic – WPI
  • Panelists
    • Julia Zhang – Ohio State University
    • Collete Ruden – Otis
    • Yan Li – Penn State University
    • Wei Kou – GE Grid Solution

Oral Technical Sessions
  • All papers submitted to the conference must be presented during one of the technical sessions. Each author will be given up to 15 minutes to present their work with live Q&A to follow at the end of the session.
Industry Exhibition
  • Live industry demos, presentations and opportunities for one on one meet ups and connections in the industry.

Papers presented at IEMDC may be submitted to IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, or IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, according to the rules specific to each Journal.