Dr. Akshay K. Rathore (Senior Member, IEEE) is an Associate Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada since 2016. He was an Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore from 2011-2015. He received his Masters degree in Electrical Machines and Drives from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi, India in 2003 and was awarded Gold Medal for securing highest standing among all electrical engineering specializations. He received his PhD degree in Power Electronics from University of Victoria, BC, Canada in 2008. He was a recipient of NSERC Research Assistantship, Univesity PhD full Fellowship, and Thouvenelle Graduate Scholarship. From Sept 2008- Oct. 2010, he had two subsequent postdoctoral appointments with University of Wuppertal, Germany, and University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He was a Visiting Professor at University of Technoology at Belfort-Montbelliard (UTBM), France in 2015.
Dr. Rathore has been working on analysis, design, and development of high-density soft-switching power electronics systems, in particular, current-fed topologies and novel pulsewidth modulation (PWM) techniques for low voltage high current aplications including renewables, distributed generation, microgrid, and electric transportation applications. He has successfully designed and developed several current-fed topologies in his lab and has demonstrated high performance. Presently, he invented a novel and innovative modulation technique to achieve snubberless zero current commutation and natural device voltage clamping of current-fed converters (songle-phase and three-phase topologies) solving their traditional problem of turn-off voltag spike and opening its market for industries. Recently, he designed and developed other class Impulse Commutated Current-fed Converters (single-phase and three-phase) with soft-switching or semiconductor devices and solving classical turn-off device voltage overshoort probem. In additon, he contributed to development of synchronous optimal PWM (SOP) techniques for low switching frequency of medium voltage multielevl inverter topologies for high power industrial ac drives and common mode elimination. He has 1 patent, commercialized by WEG Brazil.
At NUS Singapore, he was the coordinator of NUS-IIT Bombay joint PhD program. At NUS Singapore, he was responsible for teaching and course revamp on Smart Grids, Modeling and Control of Advanced Power Conveters, and Modeling and Control of Electric Drives. He developed a lab manual for undergraduate course Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems. He is currently the leader on current-fed research area.
He secured above 3M$ research funding at Singapore through various industries and government agencies. He has supervised over 20 PhDs, postdoctoral fellows, research engineers, and graduate students. His two undergraduate students received Power Engineering Gold Medal for their projects.
Dr. Rathore is a recipient of 2013 IEEE IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Award (first working in Asia to receive this award) and 2014 Isao Takahashi Power Electronics Award. He has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 2006, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in America in 2008. He was a consultant to WEG, Brazil, Crenergy Systems Pte Ltd, Singapore and Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd, Singapore. He has published over 130 research papers in reputed journals including 45 IEEE Transactions and IEEE international conferences, has 1 patent, and contributed to one book chpater. He delivered tutorials in IEEE International Conferences in Japan, India, China, and Nepal. He delivered technical guest lectures at various industries including ABB Baden, Switzerland, ABB Chennai, India, GE Bangalore, India, Schneider Electric Vancouver, Canada, and Delta-Q Burnaby, Canada. He has made sevral industry visits including Nextek Power Systems, USA, Princeton Power Systems, USA, Enphase Energy, USA, and KocoSolar, Germany. He has been a Technical Program Committee member for IAS Annual Meeting, ECCE, APEC, ECCE-Asia, and PEDES. He is a Member of IAS Industrial Power Converters Committee, Industrial Drives Committee, Industrial Automation and Control Committee, Transportation Systems Committee, and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion Systems Committee.
Dr. Rathore is Vice-Chair of IAS Industrial Automation and Control Committee (IACC), and Secretary of IAS Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion Systems Committee for 2016-17. He was IACC Awards Sub-Committee Chair for 2014-15. He is Paper Review Chair (TCPRC) of Industrial Automation and Control Committee, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications for 2016-17. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Transportaion Electrification, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Journal of Emerging Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and IET Power Electronics. He has edited 3 special issues on Transportation Electrification on various IEEE Journals.
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada