Prof. Johann W. Kolar

Prof. Johann W. Kolar
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
International Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering
IEEE Fellow


Biography: Johann W. Kolar is a Fellow of the IEEE, an International Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Full Professor and Head of the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He has proposed numerous novel converter concepts incl. the Vienna Rectifier, has spearheaded the development of x-million rpm motors, and has pioneered fully automated multi-objective power electronics design procedures. He has graduated 75+ Ph.D. students, has published 900+ research papers, 4 book chapters, and has filed 200+ patents. He has served as IEEE PELS Distinguished Lecturer from 2012 - 2016. He has received 35+ IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the 2016 IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award, and 2 ETH Zurich Golden Owl Awards for excellence in teaching. The focus of his current research is on ultra-compact/efficient WBG converter systems, ANN-based design procedures, Solid-State Transformers, ultra-high speed drives, bearingless actuators and sustainable systems.

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