Lee, Phadke Awarded Top Academic Honor
Fred C. Lee and Arun Phadke have been named University Distinguished
Professors, the highest academic honor the university can bestow
on a faculty member.
Lee serves as director of the Center for
Power Electronics Systems, a recently formed NSF Engineering
Research Center that involves five universities and more than
70 industry partners. His vision for CPES is to make the United
States the most efficient user of electrical energy in the world
and to guide the center's work during the next 10 years to produce
a 30 percent saving in electric power consumption. His work as
director of Virginia Tech's former Virginia Power Electronics
Center (now part of CPES) provides a very strong foundation for
this new endeavor. VPEC built one of the largest industry-university
partnership programs in the country, with more than 100 major
companies having participated at various times.
Lee has supervised to completion more than 55 masters-level and
36 Ph.D. students. He holds 20 U.S. patents and has published
more than 120 journal articles and 300 technical papers. He is
a Fellow of the IEEE and a past president of the IEEE Power Electronics
Society. He previously held the Lewis A. Hester Endowed Chair
and the James S. Tucker Chair.
Phadke, who formerly held the
American Electric Power Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering Chair, serves as director of Virginia Tech's Center
for Power Engineering, and the Energy Research Group. He has
an international reputation as a power engineering educator and
In 1993, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering
for his work in the digital control, protection, and monitoring
of electrical power systems. Election to the Academy is among
the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. In 1991,
he received the IEEE Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award.
In the 1980s his group developed the synchronized phasor measurement
unit, which is a microprocessor-based system that measures the
voltages and currents at a power station, enabling the station
to be operated more securely, more reliably, and more economically.
The unit was commercialized in 1985 and is manufactured by Macrodyne.
More than 200 devices have been installed worldwide. In 1999
he was named the winner of the Halperin Award (2000) by the IEEE
for his work on digital relaying and synchronized phasor measurements.
He has authored or coauthored more than 100 technical papers
and two textbooks, and has taught specialized courses in power
system engineering around the world.
Promotions and New Hires
Dushan Boroyevich has been promoted
to full professor. An expert in medium- and high-power conversion,
he serves as deputy director and Virginia Tech campus director
of the Center for Power Electronics Systems, a multi-university
NSF Engineering Research Center.
Boroyevich developed the department's senior capstone electronic
design elective and an electronics course. An excellent classroom
teacher, he has earned the Outstanding Teacher Award from the
EE student honor society.
He earned his Ph.D. at Tech in 1986 and became an assistant professor
at the Institute for Power and Electronic Engineering at the
University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. He joined the Tech faculty
He has coauthored more than 100 papers in technical journals
and refereed conference proceedings. He serves as the publicity
chair of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
Lamine Mili has been promoted to full professor.
Mili has served as a key player in the department's international
programs. He established research and exchange programs with
the Institut National Polytechnique De Grenoble (INPG) in Grenoble,
France, and with Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL),
in Lausanne, Switzerland, and has promoted and organized faculty
and student exchanges.
His current research interests include the development of new
applications of statistical and control theories to power system
problems. Along with other Virginia Tech faculty members and
in collaboration with three other universities, he is working
to develop techniques to make power systems more immune to major
disruptions. He joined the Tech faculty in 1988 after serving
in several industrial positions. He earned a BSEE from EPFL and
graduate degrees at the University of Tunis, Tunisia, and the
University of Liege, Belgium. He is the recipient of an NSF Research
Initiation Award and an NSF Young Investigator Award.
Anbo Wang has been promoted to full professor.
Founding director of the department's Photonics Laboratory, he
is an internationally recognized researcher who has developed
a number of successful optical fiber devices and sensors for
applications where conventional sensors are difficult to apply.
As a result of his work, Virginia Tech is now recognized as a
leader in fiber sensors for harsh environments.
Wang joined the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor in 1993
after serving three years as a research staff with the department's
Fiber and Electro-Optics Research Center. He received his doctorate
in applied optics from the Dalian University of Technology, Dalian,
China, in 1990.
He has authored or coauthored 5 book chapters and more than 140
journal and conference papers, and holds 6 U.S. and foreign patents.
He is also a chair of numerous SPIE/OSA/IEEE technical conferences
and conference sessions.
Louis J. Guido
Louis J. Guido has joined the faculty as an associate professor
with a joint appointment in ECpE and MSE. He comes to Tech from
Yale, where he was on the faculty for 10 years, most recently
as the John J. Lee Jr. Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.
He also spent several years as a Member of the Technical Staff
at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Guido's research interests are in microelectronics, specifically
in nucleation phenomena and kinetics of epitaxial crystal growth;
self-diffusion, interdiffusion, and impurity diffusion in semiconductors;
compound semiconductor alloys, heterostructures, and quantum
wells; as well as the physics of optoelectronic devices operating
at UV and FIR wavelengths.
He is a senior member of the IEEE. He has been awarded the NSF
Presidential Faculty Fellowship and the Army Research Office
Young Investigator Award. He earned his BSEE from the Polytechnic
Institute of New York in 1982, and his MSEE and Ph.D. from the
University of Illinois in 1983 and 1989 respectively.