IEEE Senior Member Anoop Kumar Gupta was appointed director of Delhi Metro Rail Corp., a government-owned entity in New Delhi that operates India’s railroad system. He will oversee the planning and implementation of underground railroads, monorails, and high-speed rail projects.
Previously, Gupta was chief general manager and head of the electrical maintenance group. He has also served as chief of the organization’s disaster management team.
He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.
Fellow Andrew Weiner received the 2013 Herbert Newby McCoy Award from Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind. It recognizes outstanding research in the natural sciences. He was honored for contributions to high-speed light-wave communications.
Weiner is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue. He and his team have discovered a way to control the spectral and temporal properties of ultrafast light pulses. Known as pulse shaping, this technique can help researchers develop advanced sensors, powerful communications techniques, and more precise laboratory equipment.
The IEEE Power Electronics Society presented four of its members with awards.
Fellow Prasad Enjeti received the IEEE R. David Middlebrook Technical Achievement Award. The annual award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of power electronics.
Enjeti is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University, in College Station. His research focuses on advanced power electronic converters placed at a utility’s interfaces between battery storage and solar-photovoltaic, wind, and fuel-cell systems.
Enjeti is digital-media editor in chief for the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is also a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics, Industry Applications, and Power & Energy societies. He is also a member of IEEE's Honor Society, Eta kappa Nu.
Fellow Thomas G. Habetler was presented with the IEEE Harry A. Owen Jr. Distinguished Service Award. It recognizes “long and distinguished service to the welfare of the IEEE Power Electronics Society at an exceptional level of dedication and achievement.”
Habetler is a past president of the society and was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech, where he researches electric machine protection, condition monitoring, switching-converter technology, and drives.
Member Samir Kouro received the IEEE Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of power electronics by an engineer younger than 35 years of age.
Now 35, Kouro is a researcher in the electronics engineering department at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, in Valparaíso, Chile. His research interests include power converters, variable-speed drives, and renewable energy power-conversion systems.
The society presented Fellow Leo Lorenz with its IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award for pioneering research in the field.
He is a professor at Technische Universität Ilmenau, in Germany. Lorenz spearheaded a move away from conventional power-conversion technology to high-frequency and high-power methods. He also helped develop the first ultrathin-wafer non-punch-through insulated gate bipolar transistor.