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Prof. Kaushik Rajashekara
Endowed Chair-Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science, Professor-Electrical Engineering. Also Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Contact Address   800 West Campbell Road, EC 33, Richardson, Texas 75080     Office MailstopECSN 4.510, Room No.: 4.510 
Email Address  k.raja@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 9728834531    URL Rajashekara Homepage   URL PEDL    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 MBA Indiana Wesleyan University1992
 Ph.D.Electrical EngineeringIndian Institute of Science1984
 MSElectrical EngineeringIndian Institute of Science1977
 BSElectrical EngineeringIndian Institute of Science1974
 BSScience & MathsBangalore University1971
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Statement of Technical Interest
  • Power electronics systems and electric drives for propulsion, energy management, and efficiency improvements in transportation, particularly for electric, hybrid (including plug-in hybrid) and fuel cell vehicle systems.
  • Advancing the technology of more electric aircraft with high power density and high temperature power conversion systems and electric machines leading to electric/more electric air transportation.
  • Power conversion and intelligent energy management for renewable electric energy delivery for an efficient electric power grid (micro grid/local) integrating highly distributed and scalable alternative power sources such as solar, wind, fuel cell, etc. 
  • Hybrid power generation systems for transportation and stationary power generation: fuel Cell, solar and wind; solar and fuel cell; solid oxide fuel Cell and turbine generator. The use of hybrid fuel systems for on board-power generation in airplanes and ships will increase the efficiency of power generation and reduce the emissions.
  • My interest is to put many of the innovative technologies to greater use by direct/indirect application in practical systems and commercialize these technologies for practically reducing the emissions, improving the energy efficiency, and for the development of sustainable energy resources.
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2014
B. Bhangu and K. Rajashekara,“Embedded Electric Starter Generators for Gas Turbine Engines,“ To be published in IEEE Industry Applications Society Magazine, March 2014.
Peer reviewed
2013
K. Rajashekara, “Present Status and Future Trends in Electric Vehicle Propulsion Technologies,“ IEEE journal of Emerging and Selected topics in Power Electronics, vol. 1, no. 1, March 2013, PP. 3-10
Peer reviewed
2013
R. Wang, Z.Chen, D.Boroyevich, K.Rajashekara, “A Novel Hybrid Packaging Structure for High-Temperature SiC Power Modules “, IEEE Trans. On Industry Applications, July/August 2013, PP.1609-1618
Peer reviewed
2013
R. Wang, D. Boroyevich, P. Ning, Z.Wang, F. Wang, P. Mattavelli, K. Ngo, K. Rajashekara,  ”A High-Temperature SiC Three-Phase AC-DC Converter Design for >100°C Ambient Temperature,” IEEE Trans. On Power Electronics,  Vol. 28, Issue 1, January 2013, PP. 555-572
Peer reviewed
2013
K. Rajashekara and B. Akin, „A review of cryogenic power electronics – status and applications, to be presented in ieee international electric machines and drives conference (IEMDC), Chicago, May 12-15, 2013.
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
10/01/2011 10/31/2011 2011
  • Invited presentation in Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, Current Trends and Converging Technologies for Electric/Hybrid Vehicles and More Electric Aircraft Systems, October 2011
  • Invited presentation in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University(SMVDU), Katra,India, Renewable Energy Technologies for Distributed Power Generation and Transportation, October 2011
  • IEEE Kolkata, India Chapter lecture, Current trends in EVs, HEVs, and Fuel Cell vehicles, October 2011
05/27/2007 11/23/2007 2007
  • Key note speech in the 19th International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits (ISPSD'07) on “Design Considerations for More Electric Aircraft Systems,” Jeju, Korea, May 27030, 2007
  • Key note speech in the 2007 IEEE Vehicle Power & Propulsion Conference on “Power Electronics for More Electric Engine and More Electric Aircraft,” Arlington, Texas, September 10-12, 2007
  • Seminar in IEEE chapter, Rockford, IL, USA
  • Seminar in Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile
  • Key note speech in the conference Abastecimiento Energético Futuro de Chile on “Hybrid Fuel Cell Systems for Transportation and Stationary Power Generation,” March 27-28, Santiago, Chile
  • Seminar in IEEE Chapter/Universidad de Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Seminar in Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Seminar in New York city Chapter seminar, New York City, NY
  • Lectures in various IEEE sections of Australia and New Zealand, October 18- Nov. 1, 2007
  • Seminars in Puerto Rico and Trinidad on Technologies for Distributed Power Generation, Nov. 19-23, 2007
05/24/2012 05/26/2012 2012

Keynote speech on “ Electric Machines and Power Electronics for More Electric Aircraft,“ in  OPTIM 2012:13th International Conference on OPTIMIZATION OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, Brasov, Romania, May 24-26, 2012

05/01/2010 12/01/2010 2010
  • IEEE Chapter lecture “ Technologies for Electric/hybrid vehicles and More Electric Aircraft,” Missouri University of Science and Technology,  May 2010
  • Special presentation on “More Electric Systems in Transportation,” Meiji University, Japan, August 2010.
  • 2010 IEEE Energy Conversion & Exposition rap session, Atlanta. Future of Personal Electric Transportation, September 2010
  • Keynote speech on “Managing Global Research & Technology for the Development of a Low Carbon Future,”  IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, Kandy, Sri Lanka, December  6-9, 2010
04/01/2004 06/01/2004 2004
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA: Seminar on Fuel Cells for Transportation, April 2004
  • Tsinghua University, China: Seminar on Power conversion Strategies for Fuel Cell Vehicles (UNDP scholar and at the invitation of Beijing power supply association). Also gave a keynote speech in IFPST’04 (International Forum for Power Supply Technology), May 2004
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Seminar on Distributed Power Generation of Hybrid power systems, May 2004
  • Technical University of Budapest, Hungary: One-day course on Hybrid Vehicles – Heavy duty vehicles (Buses and Trucks), June 2004
  • Technical University of Vienna, Austria: Two-day course on Fuel Cell and Hybrid Vehicles, June 2004
  • Technical University of Warsaw, Poland: Two-day course on Power Electronics for Transportation – Hybrid and Fuel cell vehicles, June 2004
  • Technical University of Dresden, Germany: Seminar on Power Electronics for Transportation, June 2004
  • Technical University of Berlin, Germany: Two day course on Hybrid Vehicles and Fuel cells for Transportation, June 2004
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2012-presentDistinguished Professor and Endowed ChairErik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer ScienceDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Texas at Dallas
2006-2012Chief TechnologistElectric Power & Control Systems Rolls-Royce Corporation
1989-2006Technical Fellow and Chief ScientistTechnology Development/Energenix Delphi Corporation/ General Motors
1987-1989Senior Project Engineer  Viteq Corporation
1985-1987Visiting Associate ProfessorElectrical Engineering University of Quebec
1984-1985Visiting R&D EngineerIndustrial Drives Asea Brown Boveri Company
1977-1985Senior Scientific Officer/Assistant ProfessorCenter for Electronics Design Technology Indian Insitute of Science
 Synergistic Activities
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Professional Activities
  • Keynote speaker in several IEEE sponsored and other international conferences.  Given more than 100 invited presentations (in over 40 countries) in international conferences, workshops, and universities on Renewable Energy Technologies; Power Electronics & Energy Conversion Technologies; Distributed Power Generation; Energy Storage, Fuel Cell systems for Transportation & Stationary Power Generation; and Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell vehicles.
  • Published more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences in the areas of Renewable Energy, Energy Conversion, Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel cell vehicles, Distributed Power Generation Systems, etc.  Have 28 patents and several more are pending. Have 10 defensive publications. Written six monographs and co-authored one IEEE Press book, and contributed individual chapters to five published books.
  • Chair, IEEE Industry Applications Society Distinguished lecturer program (2011-12)
  • Plenary Session Chair, 2011 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE), Phoenix, AZ
  • Past Chairman of the IEEE IAS Power Electronics Devices and Components Committee in 2000 and in 2001. 
  • Organizer and Technical Program Chairman of the IEEE Workshop on Power Electronics in Transportation in 1996, 1998, and 2000, Dearborn, Michigan
  • Co-editor of the special section on Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell Vehicles for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, May 2005.
  • Co-editor of the special issue of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics on Automotive Electronics and Drive Systems, June 2008.
  • Chair, IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award selection committee
  • Member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society Fellows selection committee
  • Member of the Editorial board of “Advanced Technology of Electrical Engineering and Energy” published by Academia, Sinica, China. 
  • Global steering committee member of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference
  • Member of the team that developed the technology roadmap for the DOE 21st century hybrid truck program
  • Member of the SAE AE-7, Aerospace electrical standards committee
  • Adjunct professor in Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, Indianapolis (Taught courses in Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems) (1996-2012)
  • Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board, Purdue University School of Engineering & Technology, Indianapolis, IN (1994-2006)
  • Chairman of the Electric Vehicle Technology Institute Advisory Board, Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, Indianapolis, IN ( 1993-1996)
  • Advisory Board member of the Power Conversion & Intelligent Motion (PCIM-Europe) conference.
  • Guest professor in Meiji University, Japan.

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Prof Hopes Efficiency Research Saves Energy and Resources
UT Dallas News Center

Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara was an advocate of energy efficiency in vehicles before the concepts of renewable energy and lower emissions were popular. So while spending most of his career in industry, he made time to teach by giving more than 100 invited presentations in more than 40 countries.

After years of working with companies such as Asea Brown Boveri, General Motors Corp., Delphi and Rolls-Royce Corp, Rajashekara has joined the faculty of UT Dallas as a professor of electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in theErik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. He is also holder of the Distinguished Chair of Engineering.
 
In 2012 Rajashekara was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the nation’s most prestigious organization recognizing engineering achievement, for his contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation. From 1996 to 2012, Rajashekara was also an adjunct professor at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis.
Rajashekara joined The University of Texas at Dallas this fall.

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Awards and Honors
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation (2012)
  • IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann award for outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering  for 2013
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award for outstanding contribution for the application of electricity to industry (2009)
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society Gerald Kliman award for “contributions to the advancement of power conversion technologies through innovations and their applications to industry.” (2006)
  • Fellow of IEEE in 1999 for contributions to the advancement of power conversion and propulsion systems for Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell vehicle systems
  • Fellow of SAE International for contributions to the advancement of power conversion and propulsion systems for Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell vehicles, and for Solid Oxide fuel cell based hybrid power generation system (2006)
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2006 and 2007 and prominent lecturerfrom 2008-2011 
  • Inducted into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame in 1999 and received the Delphi President’s Award
  • Recognized as short term scholar under UNDP China program and China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchange, 2004, for giving seminars in China on Energy & Environment and Renewable Energy technologies (Tsinghua and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities)
  • SAE sponsored industrial distinguished lecturer: Technologies for Reducing Emissions from Automobiles (2000-2001) and More Electric Aircraft and Reducing emissions from Aircraft (2008-2009)

Patents
  1. US Patent 4,964,029            AC to DC Power Converter for UPS Applications, 1989
  2. US. Patent 4,974,141           AC to DC Power Converter for UPS Applications, 1989
  3. US Patent 5,491,370            Integrated AC Machine, February 1996
  4. US Patent 5,592,371            DC Link Inverter, January 1997
  5. US Patent 5,594,634            DC Link Inverter having Soft-Switched Auxiliary Devices, January 1997
  6. US Patent 5,705,909            Control for AC Motor having Parallel Sets of Three Phase Windings with only one Current Sensor Per Set, January 1998.
  7. US Patent 5,717,584            Quasi-Resonant Pole Inverter, February 1998
  8. US Patent 5,751,069            Heat Engine Generator Control Systems, May 1998.
  9. US Patent 5,811,957            Speed Sensorless Hybrid Vector Controlled Induction Motor with Zero speed Operation, September 1998
  10. US Patent 6,008,618            Zero Speed Start-up for a Speed Sensorless Induction Motor Drive, December 1999
  11. US Patent 6,005,783            Method of Synthesizing Poly-Phase AC Voltage, December 1999
  12. US Patent 6,249,106            Apparatus and Method for maintaining a threshold value in a battery, June 2001
  13. US Patent 6,321,145            Method and Apparatus for a Fuel Cell Propulsion System, November 2001
  14. US Patent 6,362,599            Method and Apparatus for Sensing the Status of a Vehicle, March 2002
  15. US Patent 6,411,534            Control Methods for Power Converter Circuit, June 2002
  16. US Patent 6,456,031            Rotor Position Estimation for Switched Reluctance Machines, September 2002
  17. US Patent 6,646,845            A Battery Protection Systems and Method, November 2003
  18. EP 1 375 239 A3                 Method and apparatus for controlling a fuel cell system, April 2005
  19. US Patent 6,854,273            Apparatus and Method for Steam Engine and Thermionic Emission based Power Generation System, February 2005.
  20. US Patent 6,989,211            Method and Apparatus for Controlling a Fuel Cell System, January 2006
  21. US Patent, 7,084,525           Power system to transfer power between a plurality of power sources, August 1, 2006
  22. US Patent 7,306,871            Hybrid power generating system combining a fuel cell and a gas turbine, December 11, 2007
  23. US Patent 7,323,264            Fuel cell system having integrated central control function, January 29, 2008
  24. US patent 7,470,477            Cascaded Fuel Cell Stacks for Fast start-up and Anode Coking Control, December 30, 2008
  25. US Patent 7,648,784            Method and apparatus for controlling a fuel cell system having a variable number of parallel-connected modules, January 19, 2010
  26. US Patent 7,674,538            Apparatus and method for high efficiency operation of a high temperature fuel cell system, March 9, 2010
  27. U.S. Patent 7.968,237          PEM-SOFC hybrid power generation systems, June 2011
  28. U.S. Patent 8,043,758          Method and apparatus for controlling fuel cell system, October 2011

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