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Full name: 
Deepakraj M Divan
Job title: 
; Director, Georgia Tech Center for Distributed Energy; John E. Pippin Chair Professor; Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Technical Interest Groups: Electrical Energy
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Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar, and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids, and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures.

Dr. Divan also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates.

Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, member of the National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$160M in venture funding. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Research interests: 
  • Distributed intelligent sensor and power converter networks
  • Improving power grid utilization
  • Architecture of ultra-reliable power systems
  • Grid connection of renewable energy sources
  • Industrial and utility applications of power electronics
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2015
  • John E. Pippin Chair
  • GRA Eminent Scholar
  • Director of Georgia Tech Center for Distributed Energy
  • IEEE William E. Newell Field Medal, 2006
  • President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, 2009 and 2010
  • IEEE Fellow, 1998

R. Kandula, A. Prasai, H. Chen, R. Mayor, T. Heidel, C. Schauder and D. Divan; "Design Considerations and Experimental Results for a 12.4 kV 3 Phase 1 MVA Power Router," IEEE 2015 ECCE Conf Rec, pp 5000-5007.

 "Power Electronics at the Grid Edge," IEEE Power Electronics Magazine, December 2014, pp16-22.

R. Moghe, A. Iyer, F. Lambert and D. Divan; "A Low-Cost Electric Field Energy Harvester for a MV/HV Asset"; IEEE Trans Ind Appl, v51n2 Sept 2014

A. Paquette and D. Divan, "Virtual Impedance Current Limiting for Inverters in Microgrids with Synchronous Generators", IEEE Trans Ind Appl, v51n2, Aug 2014

D. Divan and F. Kreikebaum, "Organic (but not green)", IEEE Spectrum, Volume 46, Issue 11, Nov. 2009, pps. 48 - 53

A. Prasai, Jung-Sik Yim, D. Divan, A. Bendre, Seung-Ki Sul, "A New Architecture for Offshore Wind Farms", IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, vol. 23, iss. 3, pp. 1198-1204, May 2008

Jyoti Sastry and Deepak Divan, "Thin AC Converters – A New Approach to Making Grid Assets Smart and Controllable", IEEE PESC Conf Rec, June 2008. pp.1695-1701

D. Divan, G. Luckjiff, W. Brumsickle, J. Freeborg and A. Bhadkamkar, "A Grid Information Resource for Nationwide Real-Time Power Monitoring", IEEE Trans Ind Appl, Mar-Apr 2004, to be published, also in IEEE-IAS Conference Rec. 2002

Divan, D.; Luckjiff, G.A.; Brumsickle, W.E.; Freeborg, J.; Bhadkamkar, A.; "A grid information resource for nationwide real-time power monitoring", IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Volume 40, Issue 2, March-April 2004 Page(s):699 – 705

Divan, D.; Brumsickle, W.; Schneider, R.; Kranz, B.; Gascoigne, R.; Bradshaw, D.; Ingram, M.; Grant, I.; "A distributed static series compensator system for realizing active power flow control on existing power lines", Power Systems Conference and Exposition, 2004. IEEE PES 10-13 Oct. 2004 Page(s):654 - 661 vol.2

Brumsickle, Schneider, Luckjiff, Divan and McGranaghan; "Dynamic Sag Correctors: Cost-Effective Industrial Power Line Conditioning", IEEE-IAS Conf 1999, also IEEE-IAS Trans Jan 2001; 213 citations; also US patent 5,099,410, commercialized by Soft Switching Technologies.

Chandorkar, Divan and Adapa; "Control of Parallel Connected Inverters in Standalone AC Supply Systems", IEEE-IAS Trans Jan 1993; 852 citations; also US patent 5,596,492. First paper to show autonomous control of inverters in microgrids.

Kheraluwala, Gascoigne, Divan and Bauman; "Performance Characterization of a High Power Dual Active Bridge DC/DC Converter", IEEE-IAS Conf 1991; IEEE-IAS Trans Nov 1992; 510 citations. Commercialized.

DeDoncker, Kheraluwala and Divan; "A Three Phase Soft-Switched High Power Density DC/DC Converter for High Power Applications", IEEE-IAS Conf 1990; also IEEE IAS Trans. Jan 1991; 804 citations; also US patent – 5,027,264, earliest papers and patent to show the DAB converter. Commercialized.

D. M. Divan, "The Resonant DC Link Converter – A New Concept in Static Power Conversion", IEEE-IAS Conf Rec1986; also IEEE IAS Trans. Mar 1989; 619 citations, also US patent – 4,730,242 filed 1986; awarded best Transactions paper prize for 1989, first paper and patent to embody soft switching principles in dc/ac inverters. Commercialized.

Last revised February 1, 2023