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Virginia Tech’s Dushan Boroyevich honored as University Distinguished Professor

April 4, 2017

Dushan Boroyevich

Dushan Boroyevich
Dushan Boroyevich

World-renowned leader. National Academy of Engineering member. American Electric Power Professor.

Virginia Tech’s Dushan Boroyevich, a well-known expert in electronic power conversion, has earned the title of University Distinguished Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

“I am very pleased to have Dr. Boroyevich join the esteemed rank of University Distinguished Professors. He is internationally recognized as a foremost leader in the field of power electronics, making exceptional contributions through research, teaching, and technology transfer to industrial applications and partnerships.” said Thanassis Rikakis, Virginia Tech executive vice president and provost. “His work has had a significant and lasting impact in his field, in industry technology and practice, and on the next generation of engineers and scientists."

For the past 30 years, Boroyevich’s research has focused on making electronic power systems smaller and more efficient, mostly for transportation applications and more recently for future sustainable electrification. He developed a comprehensive geometric approach to modeling and control of high-frequency switching power converters, now used for the analysis, design, and control of hybrid AC/DC power conversion systems.

“We are pleased that Dushan has been recognized by the university with this prestigious honor,” said G. Don Taylor, the Charles O. Gordon Professor and interim dean of the College of Engineering. “The impact of Dushan’s research, level of engagement with his students, and professional contributions to the field of power electronics are unparalleled.”

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014, Boroyevich was honored for his advancements in control, modeling, and design of electronic power conversion for electric energy and transportation.

Boroyevich, a professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is also the newly appointed associate vice president of research and innovation, leading Virginia Tech’s Energy Innovation Initiative. Boroyevich will lead the initiative to expand the scope and impact of university discoveries and strengthen the university’s research partnerships with industry.

“The recognition would not be possible with the supporting, stimulating, and fertile environment provided by Virginia Tech, colleagues, and friends,” said Boroyevich. “In 1982, I moved from Yugoslavia to study under Fred Lee’s supervision. Then in 1990, I was welcomed into the Virginia Tech community as a professor. I am grateful for the opportunities Virginia Tech, the College of Engineering, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offered me years ago and still today.”

In 1996, Boroyevich was named associate director of the university’s Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) alongside founder Fred Lee, also a University Distinguished Professor who served as Boroyevich’s doctoral academic advisor at Virginia Tech in the early 1980s. Exclusively, CPES has been the only National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center with Virginia Tech as lead institution.

Boroyevich has garnered numerous accolades, including international recognition. Most recently, Boroyevich received the Lee Ko Ting Chair Professor Award from National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power Electronics Society Harry A. Owen Distinguished Service Award and William E. Newell Power Electronics Technical Field Award; the Outstanding Achievement Award from the European Power Electronics Association; and Honorary Professor from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. He has received six prize paper awards and several awards for excellence in research and teaching at Virginia Tech.

Boroyevich is a Fellow with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a past president of its Power Electronics Society.

Boroyevich received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Belgrade and a master’s degree from the University of Novi Sad, both in the former country of Yugoslavia, now Serbia. From 1976 to 1982, he was an instructor at the University of Novi Sad’s Institute for Power and Electronic Engineering, working to establish its electronics program.

 

 

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