Katherine A. Kim and Pradeep Shenoy, alumni advisees of Professor Krein, were sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), as promising young professionals, to give webinars this spring. Katherine’s title “Developing Online Educational Videos for a Global Audience” is in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the move toward online education. She received her MS and PhD degrees in ECE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Katherine was an Assistant Professor of ECE at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan, South Korea, from 2014–2018. Since 2019, she has been an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. She received the Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from IEEE PELS in 2019, and recognition as an Innovator Under 35 for the Asia Pacific Region by the MIT Technology Review in 2020. For IEEE PELS, Katherine served as the Student Membership Chair in 2013–2014, PELS Member-at-Large for 2016–2018, PELS Women in Engineering Chair in 2018–2020, and currently leads the PELS Educational Videos Committee.
Pradeep’s webinar title is “EMI Reduction Techniques for Automotive Power Conversion Systems” focusing on automotive applications. He leads Texas Instrument’s Power Design Services team focused on the automotive, telecommunications, and enterprise computing markets. He has served in several roles in IEEE PELS including Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Ad-Com Member-at-Large, Young Professionals Chair, Industry Advisory Board, Chapter Chair, and Regional Chair. He is active in the Applied Power Electronics Conference organizing committee and served as a DC-DC Converter Track Chair for several years. Pradeep obtained his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received various awards including the Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award in 2010, the Jack Kilby Award for Innovation in 2015, and Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award in 2020. Both Katherine and Pradeep served in leadership roles in the IEEE Power and Engineering Conference at Illinois.