Robert Pilawa-Podgurski
Associate Professor
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Teaching Schedule
Fall 2023
- EE 113. Power Electronics, MoWe 14:00-15:29, Cory 540AB
- EE 213A. Power Electronics, MoWe 14:00-15:29, Cory 540AB
Biography
Robert Pilawa-Podgurski is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received his BS, MEng, and PhD degrees from MIT. He performs research in the area of power electronics. His research interests include renewable energy applications, electric vehicles, energy harvesting, CMOS power management, high density and high efficiency power converters, and advanced control of power converters. Dr. Pilawa-Podgurski received the Chorafas Award for outstanding MIT EECS Master’s thesis, the Google Faculty Research Award in 2013, and the 2014 Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, given annually to one individual for outstanding contributions to the field of power electronics before the age of 35. In 2015, he received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, the UIUC Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2016, the UIUC Campus Distinguished Promotion Award in 2017, and the UIUC ECE Ronald W. Pratt Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award in 2017. He was the 2018 recipient of the IEEE Education Society Mac E. Van Valkenburg Award given for outstanding contributions to teaching unusually early in ones career. From 2014-2019, he served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and for IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is co-author of thirteen IEEE prize papers.
Education
- 2012, PhD, EECS, MIT
- 2007, MEng, EECS, MIT
- 2005, BS, Physics, MIT
- 2005, BS, EECS, MIT
Selected Publications
- Y. Zhu, T. Ge, N. Ellis, L. Horowitz, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "A 500-A/48-to-1-V Switching Bus Converter: A Hybrid Switched-Capacitor Voltage Regulator with 94.7% Peak Efficiency and 464-W/in3 Power Density," in 2023 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), 2023, pp. 1989-1996.
- R. Bayliss, N. Brooks, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "On the Role of Switch Output Capacitance on Passive Balancing within the Flying Capacitor Multilevel Converter," in 2022 IEEE 23rd Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), IEEE, 2022, pp. 1--6.
- J. Zou, N. C. Brooks, S. Coday, N. M. Ellis, and R. C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski, "On the Size and Weight of Passive Components: Scaling Trends for High-Density Power Converter Designs," in 2022 IEEE 23rd Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), 2022, pp. 1-7.
- N. C. Brooks, S. Coday, M. E. Blackwell, R. A. Abramson, N. M. Ellis, and R. C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski, "Operation of Flying Capacitor Multilevel Converters At and Above Resonance," in 2022 IEEE 23rd Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), 2022, pp. 1-7.
- N. C. Brooks, R. K. Iyer, R. S. Bayliss, and R. C. Pilawa-Podgurski, "Fundamental State-Space Modeling Methodology for the Flying Capacitor Multilevel Converter," in 2022 IEEE 23rd Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), 2022, pp. 1-7.
- I. Z. Petric, R. K. Iyer, N. C. Brooks, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "A Real-Time Estimator for Capacitor Voltages in the Flying Capacitor Multilevel Converter," in 2022 IEEE 23rd Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), 2022, pp. 1-8.
- Z. Liao, R. Pilawa-Podgurski, S. R. Sanders, D. Callaway, and M. Chen, "Circuits and Control for High-Performance Grid-tied Ac-Dc Conversion Systems," EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley, Tech. Rep. UCB/EECS-2022-22, May 2022.
- Y. Zhu, T. Ge, Z. Ye, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "A Dickson-Squared Hybrid Switched-Capacitor Converter for Direct 48 V to Point-of-Load Conversion," in 2022 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), 2022, pp. 1272-1278.
- N. M. Ellis, R. Iyer, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "A Synchronous Boot-strapping Technique with Increased On-time and Improved Efficiency for High-side Gate-drive Power Delivery," in 2021 IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in Asia (WiPDA Asia), 2021, pp. 462-466.
- R. K. Iyer, N. M. Ellis, Z. Ye, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "A High-Efficiency Charge-Pump Gate Drive Power Delivery Technique for Flying Capacitor Multi-Level Converters with Wide Operating Range," in 2021 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2021, pp. 5360-5365.
- Y. Zhu, Z. Ye, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "Modeling and Analysis of Resonant Switched-Capacitor Converters with Finite Terminal Capacitances," in 2021 IEEE 22nd Workshop on Control and Modelling of Power Electronics (COMPEL), 2021.
- Y. Zhu, Z. Ye, T. Ge, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "Multi-Resonant Compensation Control for Terminal Capacitance Reduction in Resonant Switched-Capacitor Converters," in 2021 IEEE 22nd Workshop on Control and Modelling of Power Electronics (COMPEL), 2021.
- Y. Zhu, Z. Ye, T. Ge, R. Abramson, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "A Multi-Phase Cascaded Series-Parallel (CaSP) Hybrid Converter for Direct 48 V to Point-of-Load Applications," in 2021 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2021, pp. 1973-1980.
- N. Pallo, R. Bayliss, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "A Multi-Phase Segmented Drive Comprising Arrayed Flying Capacitor Multi-Level Modules," in 2021 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), IEEE, 2021, pp. 192--199.
- Y. Zhu, Z. Ye, and R. Pilawa-Podgurski, "Modeling and Analysis of Switched-Capacitor Converters with Finite Terminal Capacitances," in 2021 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), 2021, pp. 178-185.